How to have an Eco-Friendly Wedding

Many of us have become eco-conscientious over the years and for a good reason. According to research, New Hampshire is the 9th most eco-friendly state but our two neighbors Vermont and Massachusetts are numbers 1 and 2 on that list respectively.

How can you stay eco-friendly? Let’s start with…

The Dress

Wearing a wedding dress for the first time can feel unreal, after all of those childhood wedding dreams it is finally becoming a reality! Many brides do have a problem with only being able to wear their wedding dress once then off to a sealed bag for the remainder of its life. Instead, try these options:

Wearing mom’s/grandma’s/auntie’s dress. This could be the same for any special person in your life. If you don’t love the dress exactly as it is, ask for a local seamstress to help modify the dress to your wants.

Renting a dress. Now, this option is becoming more popular as wedding dress prices have increased over the years. Look at a site like:

  1. Tradesy.com– Buy direct from other brides selling their gowns.
  2. PreownedWeddingGowns.com– You can find designer labels at 80% off!
  3. Newlywed.com– They have a “try before you buy” option, no commitments!

Buying from an eco-friendly designer. You can use a local designer or shop at up and coming sustainable designer Reformation.

The Invitations

Use recycled paper. Now, this is a must for an eco-friendly person but keep in mind that not only the paper should be recycled, but you could have a drop box at the wedding for those invitations.

Use seed paper. Everything from your save the dates to thank you cards can be made with seed paper from Bloomin.

At Bloomin our Seed Paper is made by hand in Boulder, CO. We take un-dyed, 100% post-consumer/ post-industrial recycled paper, break it down into paper pulp that started as FSC paper. We use old-school paper making techniques and handmade molds and deckles to handcraft each sheet. Bloomin Paper is packed with flower, vegetable, herb, grass, tree and many other varieties of seeds. Its easy to grow and cultivate! For consumers who receive seed paper, just soak the paper in water, plant under a thin layer of soil, and watch our seed paper take root and sprout in a few short days!

 

The Night

Make sure the flowers are organic. Ask your florist for all organic flowers that are in season.

Have the wedding outside. If possible, having an outdoor wedding will save on energy for the lights during the ceremony.

Have a recycle bin. We mentioned this before, you can help the venue if the do recycle or make sure all items get recycled yourself afterward.

Team up with another bride to share all decorations. This can be tricky since you both have to compromise, but you can help save the environment and costs with this option!

Spring into Wedding Season

The snow is starting to melt, and the warm air is starting to stream, that means Spring is ready to bloom and so are the flowers! Spring weddings kick off our season, and we couldn’t be more excited! From spring flowers, fresh produce, to bright colors, here is your guide to getting hitched in the Spring!

Spring Flowers

We have created a list of flowers that are in-season during the Spring months (in the United States). We have also organized them by name, color, scent, and price thanks to The Knot. You can organize the chart by each category by clicking on the header name.

Fresh Food

The winter is finally over and with the flowers starting to bloom, so is some of the most delicious food! Our chef always incorporates the freshest ingredients in each meal, but you can also look through the menus of your banquet facility to see what choices would be best for your wedding date. Thanks to She Knows, we can know exactly what to eat in the Spring!

Spring Fruits

  • Apricots
  • Avocados
  • Blueberries
  • Cherimoya
  • Grapefruit 
  • Kiwi
  • Lemons
  • Pineapple 
  • Strawberries
  • Tomatoes

Spring Vegetables 

  • Artichokes
  • Arugula
  • Asparagus
  • Broccoli
  • Cabbage
  • Carrots
  • Fava beans
  • Fiddlehead ferns
  • New potatoes
  • Ramps
  • Rhubarb
  • Spinach
  • Sugar snap peas
  • Vidalia onions
  • Zucchini

Spring Colors

The color experts over at Pantone have declared the top ten Spring colors for the 2017 season!

Colors this season transcend cultural and gender norms. Vivid brights give way to excitement and optimism, though quiet stability prevails in this season’s palette.

REAL WEDDING: Laid-Back and Natural Wedding in New Hampshire

Congratulations to the beautiful newly (re)married couple, Chelsea and Josh Thibeault!

Josh and I met when he started working at a small, family-run store we both had connections to in Greenland, NH. When he joined the Air Force, I realized I couldn’t be without him, and moved to Georgia where he was stationed to be with him. We legally married, alone, in a courthouse there just before his second deployment, and then a year and a few months later, renewed our vows in front of family and friends in a real ceremony at Pats Peak.

Are you ready for some #Pinspiration? Chelsea and Josh had a beautiful laid-back and natural wedding concept.

Bridal Shop

Chelsea bought her gorgeous strapless lace gown at David’s Bridal. Her bridesmaids wore dark blue dresses in a mixture of styles while her maid honors wore beautiful high neck tan colored dresses.

Flowers

Mr & Mrs Thibeault decided to go off the beaten path and had their wedding flowers purchased at Trader Joe’s. Josh’s mother, Patti, arranged all the bouquets and Chelsea, with the help of family and friends, filled the bottles on the reception tables with the remaining flowers.

Cake

Chelsea and Josh were able to purchase a beautiful two-tier wedding cake decorated with sugar flowers and topped with bride and groom deer from Tami’s Specialty Cakes and Baked Goodies (tamijoslin@gmail.com) in Claremont, NH.

Hair & Makeup

The always gorgeous, Peter’s Images Hair Salon and Day Spa in Concord, NH brought out the natural beauty of the bride, Chelsea and her bridal party with hair and makeup.

DJ

Everyone was able to dance the night away thanks to the music and excitement from A Goodtime DJ in Salem, NH.

Photography

Chelsea & Josh were able to capture each moment of their vow renewal with the help of Shona White and Moose Photography! Shona is an on-location, natural light photographer and a pleasure to work with! I mean, just look at all of these photos!