Monday, December 14, 2009

#Green #Weddings at Whole Foods in Glastonbury #Connecticut

Come check out the Green Bride Guide and other eco-friendly vendors at the "Eco Bride Event" at the Whole Foods in Glastonbury, CT. Admission is FREE and there are great prizes!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

New Green Bride Wine Sampler from Bottlenotes!

The Green Bride Guide and Bottlenotes have teamed up to bring you this two bottle sampler of eco-friendly wine just in time for the holidays!

The Green Bride Holiday Gift Pack, priced at only $49.95, includes two amazing wines:

Protero Chardonnay 2005, regularly retailing at $34

Louis Jadot Direct Red Burgundy Table Wine Moulin-a-Vent 2004, retailing at $18

As if this weren't already a great deal, they are offering an additional 10% discount to our readers, using the code GREENBRIDE at checkout.

Click here to order your Green Bride Holiday Gift Pack!

Real Green Wedding: A Future By Design

Laura Sargent and Matt Duquette were married on August 1, 2009 at the Spring Lake Winery in Lockport, NY.

About the Couple

Laura could not help but look in Matt's direction during her Design 101 class; he was her instructor! Though Matt says he'll remember that first day of school forever, their story did not really begin until four years down the road, when they met by chance at a coffee shop in Buffalo. The two fell in love immediately. A year later they were living together and publishing an online arts magazine, The Artery, which focuses on the local arts scene that brought them together. Two years after that coffee date, Laura and Matt founded a creative studio called 12 Grain, where they design, animate, illustrate, and write.

Read more of this real green wedding story here!

Monday, November 9, 2009

Dress Distress: Looking Gorgeous and Being Green

This week, a green bride writes in looking for alternative solutions to the tricky issue of finding the perfect green wedding gown -one that does not harm the environment or cost a fortune.

Click here to read Dress Distress.

Image: John Michael Cooper

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Green Wedding Tip: Colorful Candy

This week's green wedding tip is perfect for DIY brides! Click here for "Colorful Candy" ideas.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Real Green Wedding: Where The Heart Is

This week's real green wedding features a couple from Canada who got married in a yurt!

About the Couple

For Anastasia and Scott, getting married at home was an easy decision. They held their wedding at their home "because we love it!" They live by the ocean, and spend their time in their organic garden or at the beach. Their elegant, peaceful ceremony in the home they love reflected their life together.

The Decision to Go Green

After the choice to wed at home, the green decisions were simply an extension of their eco-friendly lifestyle. Buying organic, locally grown food for their wedding feast was their top green priority.

Click here to read the rest of this real green wedding story.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

New Real Green Wedding: Camp Chic!

Rachel and Will were married on June 15, 2009 in South Casco, ME.

The Decision to Go Green

Rachel and Will, who met in college eight years ago, were committed to minimizing the footprint of their wedding while still sharing a wonderful celebration with friends and family. The bride explained that wedding planning is "essentially a series of product choices," and she and her fiance wanted to ensure that their choices made the least impact, from the rings to the food served.

Click here to read the rest of this real green wedding story!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Green Wedding Decor Idea: Apples

The stunning brights of summer have now adopted warmer and more golden hues, providing a natural color palette for an elegant fall wedding. In addition to the complex array of tones that autumn provides, it also gives us a versatile accent piece for d├ęcor: the apple, signature fruit of the fall. With many lovely, eco-chic options, now is the time to take advantage of fall's favorite harvest...

Read the rest of the story from the Green Wedding Decor blog here.

Monday, October 19, 2009

The Citizen: Planting Seeds

As is often the case with things that grow, Sheila Sheffield's eco-friendly party favor business started with one seedling. Just months after guests left their August 1992 wedding with blue spruce seedlings in their pockets, Sheila Sheffield was in business, selling seedlings, seed packets and bulbs to brides interested in a different kind of party favor. Tree Beginnings, an online, mail-order business based in Locke, is one example of how the trend of environmental consciousness has infiltrated the wedding scene. This movement takes the traditional requirements of a wedding - “something old, new, borrowed and blue” - and adds “something green.”

“The green movement is growing exponentially and the green wedding movement is growing accordingly,” said Kate Harrison, author of “The Green Bride Guide: How to Create an Eco-Friendly Wedding on a Budget.”

Click here to read more

Thursday, October 15, 2009

DIY Wedding Flowers - Sometimes Better in Theory than in Practice

Choosing local, season, flowers is a great way to save money while decreasing the environmental impact of a green wedding. However, arranging them can be a challenge! This week's Ask Kate features a florist from Bucks County, PA who is concerned about meeting the expectations of DIY brides. Click here to read the story.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Green Wedding Tip: Revamp The Gown

One of the tips in The Green Bride Guide for brides who want to keep their gowns is to have them altered to create a new look that can be wore again and again. This week's Project Runway has some great examples! Click here to see pictures of ways to alter your wedding gown into something fabulous.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Real Green Wedding: Vegan Vogue

About the Couple

Some couples start out red-hot before deciding on an eco-friendly wedding, but Kim and Brian’s love has always been a beautiful shade of green. These nature enthusiasts met online and dated for more than five years before tying the knot. When they met, Kim was working as the co-director of the Sierra Club’s Environmental Justice Program, while Brian was busy doing environmental work for the Center for Disease Control. The two shared a passion for politics, environmental issues, and animal welfare, which obviously left them without any shortage of conversation. According to the bride, their first date lasted "a whopping eight hours! We have been joined at the hip ever since,” says Kim.

Currently, Brian runs the environmental compliance and sustainability programs for the southeast region of the National Park Service, and Kim works on environmental health issues for the Center for Disease Control. “We both have a Masters of Public Health in environmental health. We are two peas in a pod!” Kim says.

The Decision to Go Green

“Being environmentally conscious is the essence of who we are,” the bride tells us. “We wanted to have an outdoor wedding where we could express our values in a beautiful and understated way while giving our guests a feast to remember!”

To read the rest of this real green wedding story click here.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Real Green Wedding: Personal Choices, Perfect Celebration

Rebecca Rice and Greg Brensilver were married May 9, 2009 at a private residence in Carmichael, CA.

About the Couple
Both social workers, the bride and groom were introduced by a professor of social work who accurately suspected they would be a perfect match. They maintained a long distance relationship for two years, Greg in Los Angeles and Rebecca in San Francisco. Instead of letting this interfere with their romance, the couple instead used it as a way to share their mutual love of the outdoors. They met every two weeks at a campground or hiking destination somewhere in between their two homes. Rebecca says their "first night together was spent in a tent at 9,000 feet in the Eastern Sierras."

The Decision to Go Green
Rebecca put it simply: "We wanted our wedding to reflect who we are and the lives we lead. We wanted our celebration to be a relatively accurate representation of [our life together]." Like so many eco-friendly couples, Greg and Rebecca realized that a wasteful celebration was not the way to begin a sustainable marriage. They also made other choices that were meaningful to them but might have broken with more traditional wedding practices. The result was a very special event for all who attended.

Continue reading this real green wedding story here!

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Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Sayidaty: The American Wedding Goes Eco-Friendly

The Green Bride Guide was part of this article on green weddings in Sayidaty - a popular Middle Eastern magazine. Click here to read this article on global green wedding trends.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Real Green Wedding: Lakefront Love Story

Stephanie Calhoun and Shane Guitar were married on May 8, 2009 at the Killarney Lake Lodge in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada.

About the Couple
Stephanie and Shane's wedding has been a long time coming. They met in high school, when they were introduced by Stephanie's best friend, and were friends for three years before they started dating in University. All told, the couple was together for seventeen years before they finally decided to make it official! "The wedding was truly a celebration of our friendship, our love, and all of those people who supported us along the way, and continue to support us now," says the bride.

The Decision to Go Green
The couple decided on a "semi-small" wedding to minimize their celebration's footprint as much as possible. Since both the bride and groom have always been concerned about the environment, they opted for a simpler wedding and made eco-friendly choices. With several family members traveling to the wedding from out of town, Stephanie and Shane were also committed to neutralizing the impact as best they could.

Click here to read more about Stephanie and Shane's Real Green Wedding!

Monday, August 10, 2009

5 Green Wedding Tweets to Follow

Thanks to TreadLight for including us in this article on green Twitters. You can follow The Green Bride Guide's tweets by clicking here!

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Real Green Wedding: Love on The Lawn

Hedda, who is from New Hampshire, and Ben, from Brooklyn, met in Anthropology class at Bates College. Now, Hedda is studying to be a veterinarian and Ben has started his own software company, Workstreamer.

The Decision to Go Green
As a couple, Hedda and Ben are inherently mindful of their impact on the environment. Hedda attributes that largely to the proactive and progressive attitude at Bates, which promotes recycling, and urges students to have a “green conscience.” Because of this, the bride and groom made their wedding day choices carefully. As Hedda says, “We mostly did only the things we REALLY wanted. I think our attempts to be green were driven by our attempts to not be wasteful.”

Ben and Hedda chose Amanda Herzberger, from Orchard Cove Photography. The bride raves, "Amanda is the best EVER! I cannot emphasize this enough!"

Read the rest of this real green wedding story and see all the pictures by clicking here!

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Green Wedding show on Sirius Radio

Listen tonight (Tuesday July 28th) at 6pm - Kate Harrison will be discussing green weddings as a guest on Cocktails with Patrick as part of Wedding Week on Cosmo Radio at 6pm on Sirius Radio.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Woodland Wedding, DIY Charm

New Real Green Wedding up at The Green Bride Guide: Woodland Wedding, DIY Charm.


About the Couple
Cory and Nathalie met in 2004 through mutual friends while they were both students at the Maryland Institute College of Art. Nathalie, a graphic designer, and Cory, a painter, fell in love almost immediately. As Nathalie tells us, after that, they were “together for so long, everyone always joked that we were practically married anyway and that we should just make it official...and so we did!”

The Decision to Go Green
Nathalie and Cory shared their artists’ appreciation for nature and the environment, so having a green wedding was important to them. They also wanted to incorporate as many personal, DIY touches as they could not only to go green, but also to keep to their budget.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Beach Themed Wedding Ideas

Who isn't dreaming of the sand and surf this time of year? We've caught the beach bug over here, especially after looking at some of these great photos. With images like this, how could we not be inspired to do a barefoot-in-the-sand entry?

Click here for dozens of eco-friendly beach themed wedding ideas!

Thursday, July 16, 2009

New Real Green Wedding: Home Brewed!

Jackie Schwartz and Peter Czerpak were married on August 10, 2008 in Healdburg, California.

About the Couple
Jackie and Peter met when they both joined a backcountry ski group in Lake Tahoe. As Jackie recalls, “Pete was cranky when we met, but quickly made up for it over the extended season of day and multi-day ski trips (snowfall that year was epic).”

Besides their shared passion for skiing, Jackie and Pete feed their relationship with their “dueling” careers; Jackie works in public health, researching the impacts of exposure to chemicals, while Pete is a chemical engineer. “We keep each other in business, so to speak,” jokes the couple.

Click here to read their real green wedding story!

Friday, July 10, 2009

Commitment: Plan a Green Wedding!

Commitment is a new website for "women who are committed to their work, their world, their soul mate, their children, their friends, themselves.." Click here to read the interview with Kate called Plan a Green Wedding!

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Not Just For Jam Anymore But For Weddings

New post on Get Married's Blogger Brides on green wedding decor - Not Just For Jam Anymore But For Weddings

I Do Foundation Green Wedding Article

The I Do Foundation just published a Green Bride Guide article to help couples go green - "Seasonal Wedding Tips for a Green Bride."

The I Do Foundation allows couples to create charity registries. We are delighted to work with the exceptional organization.

Monday, July 6, 2009

New Tip of The Week: Celebrate Your Salad Days

Nothing makes a green wedding feel fresh and unique like including a few vegetables in your decor. Celebrate summer by including fresh veggies in your florals. Don't forget to coordinate with the kitchen to use them the next day. This week's green wedding Tip of the Week uses a fabulous image from April Joy Events.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Green Wedding in Winter

See the pictures and read the story of Hank and Miri's real green winter wedding at the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens. Log in to the site to save your favorite pictures from the real green wedding gallery.

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Jewish Woman: Down to Earth

This article by Paula Amann chronicles jewish environmental activists. I was honored to be counted among the amazing women interviewed in this piece. Click here to read the story.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Trumbull Times: Something Green

This article by Stacy Lytwyn Maxwell covers a lot of ground and also features Wenona Napolitano from The Everything Green Wedding Book. 

Click here to download the PDF.


Breathe: It's a Nice Day for a Green Wedding

Thank you to Melissa Lamkin for including me in this article.  It does a great job of offering eco-friendly and money saving tips for every part of your wedding. Click here to read it. 


Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Now on Twitter

Now you can follow the GBG tour on Twitter. Click here!

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Show Your GBG Pride!

Add our new banners to your blog, wedding website or homepage and help get the word out about going green!

Monday, February 23, 2009

Our New Site is Up!!!

Dear friends,

I am delighted to announce that our new green wedding website is finally up! We still need to iron out a few wrinkles -but it is here and I am so excited! Take a look and let me know what you think!


Saturday, February 14, 2009

Take Our Survey and WIN!!

We are currently working to upgrade our website and are conducting a survey to help us prioritize. Please take a few minutes to help us make the site better and you could win a signed copy of The Green Bride Guide and more than $100 worth of eco-friendly products!

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Friday, January 23, 2009

TV Interview on Better CT

Click here to view this interview on Better CT.

Short Interview on NECN.

Click the above to see this short interview on NECN.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Interview on Sierra Club Radio

This week on Sierra Club Radio: 1) Kate Harrison, author of The Green Bride Guide: How to Create an Earth-Friendly Wedding on Any Budget 2) Margrete Strand on the upcoming Good Jobs/Green Jobs conference 3) Political commentary from Carl Pope 4) Michael Grunwald, senior correspondent for Time magazine, on his recent cover story about energy efficiency.