Green Weddings: Eco I Do

Written by MaryBeth Kressin
    Wednesday, 03 January 2018
Wedding at Riverside Park. Photo: Jason Worrell Photography Wedding at Riverside Park. Photo: Jason Worrell Photography

Did you know that the average American wedding produces 400 pounds of garbage and 63 tons of CO2? According to Eco Chic Weddings by Emily Elizabeth Anderson, American weddings are equivalent to 8.3 million cars driving on the road for a year. This includes flowers, paper (invitations), textiles (dress, suits), gas emissions (transportation), and everything else that can occur from the wedding. Holy matrimony! That is a huge carbon footprint on our world!

But have no fear – there are steps you can take to make your special day special for the Earth, too.

Start investigating eco-friendly options at Eco I Do – a Green Wedding Expo on February 18th from 10am-3pm.

Eco I Do will have two floors of local and eco-friendly vendors such as caterers, florists and rental companies. This is a good opportunity to try samples, talk one-on-one with local businesses and find out about their green initiatives, all while gathering info for your own wedding.

We will feature unique and engaging workshops to help share the hows and whys about environmentally conscious weddings. Get a basic understanding of what a “green” wedding is and how to host one during Green Weddings 101. This workshop will be taught by me! I have worked in the wedding industry for over seven years and also hosted my own environmentally-friendly wedding. I’m excited to share the tips and tricks I have!

One of our Land Stewards will discuss the importance of native plant/locally-grown flower sourcing for wedding bouquets and décor and how to create your own handheld bouquet or boutonniere. Other workshops will cover food choices and DIY décor!

Tickets are $8/individual or $12/couple – available in advance or at the door. For more information or to register, visit: urbanecologycenter.org/ecoido. Be sure to join us at Eco I Do – A Green Wedding Expo at the Urban Ecology Center in Riverside on February 18th!

Help me plan my green wedding!

MaryBeth Kressin

MaryBeth Kressin

MaryBeth Kressin is the Facility Rental Coordinator for all three branches and part of the Visitor Services Team. When she is not working hard booking your party, setting up for your wedding, giving tours or helping at the front desk you can find her biking, cooking, reading in her garden or helping her husband renovate their house. She loves being outside, feels passionately about recycling and animals and is honored to be part of the Urban Ecology Center.


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