Week of Weddings: Green Weddings

Are you getting married this Summer or Fall? Still looking for last minute ideas? Look no further!

For an entire week, we will be bringing you wedding trends with tips and ideas from New Jersey Wedding specialists. This "Week of Weddings" was made possible with the help of Erik Kent of NJWedding.com who rounded up feedback from so many NJ wedding specialists that we needed an entire week of trends!

Each day we will give you a different trend with the business name, owner and website to make the one-click connection easy for you! Here is the schedule for the week:

  • Monday: Popular songs and favorite reality tv show
  • Tuesday: Green weddings
  • Wednesday: Bang for your buck
  • Thursday: Gifts for bride, groom, wedding party, and more
  • Friday: Advice from the experts
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Joshua Turchin, Sales Consultant
A-Limousine, 2 Emmons Dr, Princeton, NJ 08540, www.a1limo.com
609-919-2037,  jturchin@a1limo.com 

A-1 Limousine has gone green.  We are partnered with www.carbonfund.org to create an industry leading carbon use/offset program for our entire fleet to attain a true carbon neutral position.  All Trips are assessed a nominal fee to be included in our company wide contribution to help ensure a carbon free world for future generations. 

Kara Thorson & Laura Bianco
My Bellissima, 13  1/2 James Street, Morristown, NJ 07960, www.mybellissima.com, 973-998-5817

Having an eco-friendly wedding is a top priority for many brides today.  There are dozens of ways to do so efficiently and here are just a few of our favorites.  For starters, donate leftover food rather than throwing it out.  By finding a local shelter or soup kitchen, you'll be cutting back on unnecessary waste while simultaneously putting your extra food to good use! Another simple consideration to make: minimize the amount of driving your guests will have to do by keeping your sites close together, and/or arrange for mass transportation for them between the ceremony and reception sites.  When it comes to wedding flowers, choose a florist who utilizes organically grown, in-season, local flowers. This will remove the need for long distance transportation of your blooms and also cut back on use of imported flowers (these are often grown in developing countries where pesticide use is high and labor wages are low).  You can also buy fresh flowers at your local farmers market, use silk or dried florals, or even grow your own bulbs if you feel like investing time and creativity!  The most obvious way to keep your wedding "green" is to make use of local vendors and organic goods.

Bill Zolna
The Wilshire Grand, 350 Pleasant Valley Way, West Orange NJ 07052,   thewilsiregrandcaterers.com

Recently I have seen a movement towards making weddings more eco-friendly. One thing I encourage our bridal clients to do is choose flowers that are in season, organic and from a local florist. Couples can also opt to use the bridal party bouquets as decorations at the reception. Another great idea for center pieces is using the couples family & friends wedding photos. This idea is not only memorable but sentimental to those attending your wedding as well.

Janna and Kyo Morishima 
Kyo Morishima Photography, Metuchen, NJ, http://www.kyomorishima.com 
(917) 250-6202, janna@kyomorishima.com

Photographers now have the ability to print large wall portraits on eco-friendly papers. For instance, we can offer our clients portraits printed on bamboo paper, which contains 90% bamboo fiber, an environmentally responsible fiber.  

Rachael Citron and Heather Balczarek
Glass Slipper Weddings and Events Matawan and Tinton Falls, NJ, www.GlassSlipperWeddings.com    

InvitationThere are a lot of green trends that are beautiful, unique, and also preserve the environment! We love hemp wedding dresses, which sound like they'd be rough, but are actually incredibly beautiful and more or less indistinguishable from less eco-conscious fabrics. Also, plantable invitations/escort cards/paper favors (recycled paper with seeds embedded inside) are not only pretty, but when your guests take them home and plant them, they're a lasting reminder of your wedding and your love! Using potted plants instead of cut flowers is also smart - not only do they give a nice, natural look to your wedding, but your guests can enjoy the plants long after your wedding day. Giving baby trees or bulbs as favors is another great way to keep the love growing. 

Photo credit: Flickr.com

Jewel Georgieff
Jewel Party Solutions LLC, 3000 Atrium Way suite 213, Mount Laurel,NJ, www.jewelpartysolutions.com

One of the options we give brides wanting to make their weddings a bit more
eco friendly is to use seeded paper (plantable) invitations, favors, menu
cards and programs. These invites are not only beautiful but can be planted
in soil and grow into lovely flowers! What a way to be green while wowing

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