Long summer days mark the beginning of wedding season. Your mailbox might be flooded with save-the-date cards and wedding invitations, or you might be planning your own wedding. Coordinating a large event requires many choices to make. When comparing venues, photographers, flowers and invitations, there are a few things you can do to make your wedding more eco-friendly. Check out what these Texas companies are already doing to make wedding days a little greener!
Since 1946, TCU Florist has served the Fort Worth area with floral arrangements that put the finishing touch on weddings and other special occasions. "A nice gesture would be for the bride and groom to donate their flowers and bouquets after the wedding to a nursing home, hospital or any charity," says Melissa Brock, store manager. TCU Florist offers floral wedding consultations to help plan the flowers for your special day.
The Girl General
The Girl General specializes in wedding invitations, save-the-date cards, party invitations and other special events that use paper. Anne Gibson George of The Girl General team has some tips for how to plan an eco-friendly wedding in Texas. First, one thing a bride and groom can do is reduce the number of envelopes used in an invitation suite. "A lot of invitations come with an inner and outer envelope. Request that your stationery store not order the inner envelopes, and ask if they can turn the RSVP card into an RSVP postcard," says George. "We also talk with our clients about using cotton or bamboo paper versus pulp paper. Cotton and bamboo is sustainable."
Photographers are usually willing to do whatever it takes to get the perfect shot, but Igor Guillen of Igor Photography knows where to draw the line. "It's best to leave nature in its natural state. I don't trample flower gardens or trespass on preserved areas to get my photos," says Guillen. Igor Photography mostly shoots weddings in Dallas and Fort Worth, but also travels the world for destination weddings. When it comes to business, Guillen also sends contacts via email to save paper. On the day of an event, he uses rechargeable batteries in his camera.
This romantic bed and breakfast in Fort Worth is designed with newlyweds in mind. Lockheart Gables has six king suites, with a heart-shaped hot tub for two in each. Breakfast is served in the suite, but you're more than welcome to cook dinner beforehand, bring it with you and enjoy it in your personal dining area. Additionally, the staff only allows fresh flowers to be used because they are biodegradable and won't harm animals.
Expose the Heart
Expose the Heart is a wedding photography duo in San Antonio. Owners David and Irene Castillo offer green products to their clients. "Some of our most popular albums we offer clients are from a company that uses natural products such as reclaimed wood from a dilapidated barn for frames and albums created from natural and renewable resources, such as hemp and mulberry paper," says Irene Castillo. She also suggests renting vases or shopping for them at Goodwill.