We’ve entered a new era, ladies and gentlemen. Actually, the era started long ago, but these days its more mainstream. Many of you have probably heard the terms “eco-friendly,” “sustainable,” or “green.” They permeate all industries, but they’ve wormed their way into the event/wedding planning industry and we couldn’t be more thrilled.

We believe there is a common misconception, however, that we feel the need to clarify very early in this post. We think a lot of you out there hear the words listed above and cringe… especially our girlfriends from L.A. that always teased us about being the granola eater from Eugene! Well, we’re here to say cringing would actually make you look a bit out-of-place in today’s world. Cringing aside, we think the words have a tendency to make people envision something entirely opposite of what we choose to envision when seeing or hearing those words.  To us, these words mean developing a more acute awareness of the world around us, creating a little lighter footprint–and all of this in the name of “being natural.”  We believe being “eco-conscious” or “eco-chic,” as we prefer, is about doing what feels most natural.   So while many people think planning an eco-chic wedding would be more of a burden or require more effort, we actually believe it to be LESS painful than the average planning experience. 

Here are a few tips from Cocoa Belle Events for making your special day more “eco-chic”

  • Utilize flowers that are in-season and locally grown. Not only will you save money, but you’ll get the flowers that are naturally grown at that time, and therefor more abundantly beautiful. By finding flowers that are locally grown, you’re reducing your carbon footprint. Flowers are shipped all over the world, but sometimes you can find the best in your very own backyard.
  • Skip out on petroleum-based, parrafin candles. Not only are they toxic but the aroma you’ll get from a beeswax or soy candle will be much more pleasant.  And speaking of candles…lighting an event with candles is not only extremely simple and elegant, but you save on electricity. So as long as your venue allows them, we suggest using them in EXCESS!
  • Using china is one of the best ways to save on waste. Using paper products gets tricky because some are recyclable and some are not, and when contaminated with food, the process only gets more and more complicated. So, renting items that can be cleaned and reused is by far your best option.
  • Work with your caterist to come up with a menu that is reflective of your personal tastes, but also a reflection of the season and the bountiful selections from nearby farmers and ranchers. Food is at its best when it’s fresh, hopefully organic and in-season, we promise!
  • When selecting your stationary suite, we recommend talking to printers and designers that use natural or recycled papers, print with soy based inks, and also power their presses with wind power. You’d be surprised at the fantastic eco-chic stationary options available nowadays and you’ll feel that much better about sending out all those paper products.

We really could go on forever on this topic, but we’ll save more for later. We hope this post inspires you to take a deep breath, relax and plan what comes naturally to you.

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