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10 Ways to Waste Less on Your Wedding Day!

According to Green Bride Guide the average wedding produces roughly 400-600 lbs of waste, per event. Between left over food, flowers, decor, etc there is a lot of waste that comes along with that Pinterest Perfect Wedding Board most couples desire! Screen Shot 2016-04-19 at 2.44.02 PM   So let’s talk about 10 ways your Big Day can WASTE LESS ! 1. Food : One of the biggest wastes that can be avoided on a wedding day is FOOD! Buffets, cake, prime rib, untouched cocktail hour veggie platters, the possibilities are endless and sadly I have seen it all land in the trash! With hunger at an all time high, it seems so silly to take perfectly good food and throw it away, when there are organizations everywhere across the world taking waste food. Blog 1200px-0083 Photo by Gray Kammera Photography When I was in LA, last year, I had the opportunity to tour the L.A. Kitchen and learn how they are using unwanted waste food to make amazing dishes for assisted living communities and also employing aged-out foster kids and the previously incarcerated members of society to learn a trade in culinary arts! These places exist all around the country, find a food bank in your area via Feeding America or a food rescue center via The Food Rescue Database. Screen Shot 2016-04-19 at 2.19.45 PM Image via Feeding America Disclaimer: It is common for caterers or food service providers to push back because of the substantial liability for such food donations. Thankfully any good-faith food donations are free from such liability due to the latest federal government law 42 U.S.C. 12672, the Bill Emerson Good Samaritan Food Donation Act.   2. Flowers: Imagine the scene… The Bride and Groom are on their way off to their honeymoon and the clean up team is hard at work. As they put away the chairs and dishes they notice one thing they are unsure of what to do with…. Thousands of dollars worth of left over flowers! ‘What should we do with them, we can’ t take them back on the plane’ and the perplexed helper regretfully places piles of fresh roses and hydrangeas in the trash bin! Blog 1200px-0035 Photo by Gray Kammera Photography PLEASE FRIENDS! There are so many organizations out there ready to take your leftover flowers and uplift and inspire those in hospitals, nursing homes, or rehabilitation centers. Do the research, call ahead and let them know you want to donate these blooms to their cause. They will even give you a tax-write off for your love offering! Random Acts of Flowers, Petals with Purpose, Floranthrophy, Repeat Roses are just to name a few of the organizations ready to take your blooms. Video via Random Acts of Flowers   3. Gift Registries:  Back in the day, couples would leave their parents homes and have to make a home from nothing and hence the wedding guests would bring them all the welcome home goodies their newlywed hearts would need. Nowadays the statistics show that couples are getting married later and later in life. They want to have their careers in place and independence aligned before nuptials are even thought of so most of those engaged love birds already have a lot of crap! So let us do our wedding guests a favor and skip the gifts! OR consider a gift registry that doesn’t involve wrapping paper and plastic wrap. Here are a few charitable/sustainable wedding registries that can help your wedding impact others: Heartful.ly– A gift registry that empowers couples to fund life changing projects around the world. So Kind Registry – A registry and wishlist service that encourages the giving of homemade gifts, charitable donations, secondhand goods, experiences, time, day-of-event help, and more -OR- If you do still need goodies consider a few fair-trade online options: Bambeco– Recyclable, sustainable home goods that give back. West Elm– Support fair trade and often local artisans in each store, West Elm is the perfect one stop shop for any soon-to-be newlywed’s love nest needs! ZOLA – You can combine all of the things/brands you might need for your new home under one roof and then ship all the goods at once and reduce your waste/carbon footprint. You can also fund a honeymoon, portion of the wedding costs, or donate to charity as well.   4. Transportation: Carpool, Uber, Bicycle, Smart Car, Moped, or charter a boat taxi to take your bridal party to the reception! The eco-friendly options are endless!   5. Favors: Having been to my fair share of weddings I’ve seen a variety of cheaply made wedding favors that no one will ever use again and it breaks my heart. Try sponsoring a child, or redirecting your favor budget toward the charity you plan to support, such as these sweet doggie cookies that support a local dog shelter. 1175_061213 Photo By Alissa Dineen   6. Paper Goods/Invites:  Paper goods can be one of the most obvious waste makers, but it is equally one of of the easiest parts of the wedding that can lead to positive change. There are so many options like: Recyclable/Sustainable Paper Types, design shown below by Citrus Press Co. / Photo by Regina As The Photographer Wedding-World-Changing-Day-Promo-14 Or if you are a bit more new school, try an e-vite, or video wedding invite, etc and save some trees and postage along the way!   7. Function vs. Fancy Fancy is fun, we get it! There is a certain level of exclusivity and experience that comes along with black tie affairs, however they aren’t always the most functions and sometime the more wasteful events can be those that are the highest end people with the abilities and budgets to make more sustainable choices. This is where functionality comes into play… The best things in life are simple, functional and intentional… Here are a few examples: Glass Jars to take home vs. Champaigne Flutes ALP_7608 Photo by Image Clairity Decomposable Bamboo Utensils vs. Polished Silver © EVERPHOTO www.everphoto.net www.facebook.com/everphoto Photo by Emily Dykema Ceremony Programs that double as Pop Corn Bag Holders (or any other reception treat you might choose) © EVERPHOTO www.everphoto.net www.facebook.com/everphoto Photo by Emily Dykema 8. RENT AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE Renting is far more waste-preventing, and minimally impactful to the environment than flat out buying things you’ll never use or wear again. Literally there are rental options for practically every aspect of your wedding day process,  your dress, your tuxes, the bridesmaid’s dresses, your decorations, you name it and it can most likely be rented! Here are few rental companies to consider: Menguin – Tuxedos Borrowing Magnolia– Wedding Dresses Rent the Run Way– Elopement, wedding attire, rehearsal dinner garb. Happily Ever Borrowed– Rentable Bridal Accessories, Veils, jewelry, etc. BLACKSHEEPBRIDE (6 of 61) The biggest misconception about DIY Weddings is they will be better on the pocketbook, but after the time is spent buying the materials and flea market finds to put the projects together, you are in better use of your time, dollars and energy to rent the things you are trying to faux-antique and you will save yourself space after you’re married. Not only will it save you money, it will be reused multiple times by others and treated just like new! 9. Reuse/ Reduce/Recycle This is obvious friends. If you have reusable goods, save them aside, donate them to your local non-profits, half way houses, etc. Reduce and Recycle what you can! Set out separate bins for recyclable trash vs. regular trash vs. compost… When given the opportunity people will make the right choices.   10. Composting is your friend!  At the end of the day, if you aren’t able to find a non-profit locally that will take your flowers, or food…. COMPOST your biodegradable waste, so the earth can benefit from your waste in a productive and positive manner, like using it in a co-op garden vs. ‘wasting’ good soil nutrients in a land fill. COMPOST NOW has pick up services across the nation ready to grab your garbage and turn into garden goodness! 225903_446643672053078_1378420870_n BONUS! 11. Buy with Purpose! Even if you have the budget dollars in the world, or would rather buy new, do so with integrity and value businesses that put the environment and humanity first! A few examples of sustainably-minded wedding brands are Rebecca Schoneveld Bridal, MiaDonna Eco Diamonds! IMG_0179 Photo: Rachel Gomez Photography    IMG_0178     Now Happy Waste Less Wedding Planning to You and Have an Intention and Impactful Earth Day! Let us make every day about helping making the world a better place!

Weddings that Give Back- Mindy and Sam: Indian Trail Club, New Jersey

How’s the saying go again… ‘Love at first… SERVE,’ right???
Mindy and Sam met for the first time while volunteering on a soup kitchen bus. The found they shared the same passion to love those in need the most and the rest is history.  They continue to do service through their church to this day, between serving food to the less fortunate, to teaching Sunday school and other ongoing volunteer projects.When it came time to plan their wedding it was important that they incorporated giving back throughout their day. Each place setting had a card explaining that they made a donation, in lieu of favors, to Grace Care Academy. (Read further to learn more about this organization)  
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 Mindy (the bride) shared: “Our mindset was that beauty is in the natural. From the choice of the wedding gown to the bridesmaids’ floral crowns to the sanctuary graced with white hydrangeas and candles to our lakeside venue and cherry blossom centerpieces, we wanted to keep things pure and organic, staying away from the artificial.”
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The donation card said the following: “In lieu of favors, schoolbooks have been purchased for each child at Grace Care Academy, a K-12 school run for the orphaned and neglected children of India. Grace Care Academy is a part of Grace Care ministries that strives to provide children and abused women with education, shelter, and vocational skills in a nurturing and loving environment.”
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Thank you to Sarah Tew Photography for sharing this amazing couple’s story with BSB. Sarah shared: “There is no doubt this couple will have a world of support from their community as their journey unfolds! After a round of family photos in the front of the church we made our way to Indian Trail Club and shot some portraits of the couple down by the water during cocktail hour. After the reception kicked off with a sweet performance of ‘Blackbird’ by the bride’s brother on acoustic guitar, I was able to sneak them out again quickly around sunset when the sky was getting really pretty. I just love this shot of them under a tree with the twilight sky over the lake behind them. Another highlight was a surprise video presentation that had been made with sweet messages of congratulations from all the children that Mindy has taught over her years of service at her church’s Sunday school! Mindy and Sam, you two are a match made in heaven and I couldn’t have been more delighted to capture this wonderful celebration!”
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Photographer:  Sarah Tew Photography | Beauty:Christie Lee | Pre Ceremony Location: Cornerstone Christian Church | Event Venue: Indian Trail Club | Bridesmaid Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Invitation Designer:Linda Park | Groomsman Attire: Menguin | Officiant: Pastor Steve Bradley | Floral Designer: Peonia Atelier | Dress Designer: Pronovias | Band: The Pros Entertainment Services

Vendors that Give Back: Vintage Inspired Wedding, Fort Worth, TX

Friends, we have such an inspirational treat for you today! Before we share this delightful inspiration, I wanted to take a moment and say THANK YOU to my fellow Aisle Society Wedding Blogger, Megan of Glamour and Grace, for sending this amazing story to Black Sheep Bride to share! It couldn’t be better aligned with our audience and mission, and it practically made my heart explode with happiness. Not only was the ENTIRE vendor team hand picked because of their hearts to serve others and their community, the couple will soon be moving to Spain through Camino Global in 2017 to become full time missionaries.
Ashlee, of Treasured Heart Events, organized the vintage design and logistics of this timeless wedding scene and had this to share: 
‘I have this crazy dream that weddings could change the world! At the core of Treasured Heart Events is the desire to give back and make a difference all over the globe. We do this by giving 10% of our fees to full time missionary families, and our sweet couples get to choose which family their big day will support! We knew that there had to be more wedding vendors out there with a heart to do good in the world, so we set out to find them! We designed this entire inspiration shoot around vendors that have some sort of philanthropic arm to their company, and the beauty of the heart behind their work shines so brightly in this shoot! Each and every detail you see in these photos – from the flowers, to the bride’s dress, to each table setting – are all provided by vendors who give back. We wanted to hone in on the bride, or groom, that desires for her/his wedding day to send ripples around the world – a bride, or groom, that wants to treasure the moments of today, and impact hearts for a lifetime.’
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Thanks to all of the participating vendors and their hearts for serving others! Find out how they each give back in the bottom credits: Coordination: Treasured Heart Events  | Photography + Videography: Square 8 Studio | Florist: Details Dallas | Venue: Historic 512 | Jewelry: Keri Starker (Designs that Donate) | Bakery: The Flour Shop | Cupcakes: The Friendly Baker | Dress: Amy Kuschel | Suit: Menguin | Makeup: Arbonne | Calligraphy + Paper: Hello Lettering Co. | Guest Attire: Altar’d State | Car: European Motor Cars LTD | Rentals: Center for Transforming Lives Thrift Store | Hair + Makeup Artist: Kromann Kosmetology
 
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The video was most definitely my favorite part from the feature. Take a peek!
Participating Vendors (and how they give): 
Coordination: Treasured Heart Events : Gives 10% to support missionaries.
Photography + Videography: Square 8 Studio: Gives 10% to support missionaries.
Florist: Details Dallas: Gives 10% to support missionaries.
Venue: Historic 512 : Rental fees support women and children in need.
Jewelry: Keri Starker (Designs that Donate): Gives 10% to charity
Bakery: The Flour Shop : Donates cakes and baked goods to community events.
Dress: Amy Kuschel : Gives $50 per dress to ‘Gowns that Give’
Suit: Menguin : Gives money to help protect our oceans and penguins.
Makeup: Arbonne : Works with at risk teenage girls to build self esteem.
Calligraphy + Paper: Hello Lettering Co.: Gives 10% to support missionaries
Guest Attire: Altar’d State : Gives 10% to various charities every Monday.
Rentals: Center for Transforming Lives Thrift Store : Support women and children in need.
Hair + Makeup Artist: Kromann Kosmetology : Gives 10% to support missionaries