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Organic Wedding

Organic Wedding

SUSTAINABLE-ECO-ORGANIC

Raising awareness through your Wedding

From your wedding cosmetics to the wedding dress of your dreams, up to the venues and your ultimate gift list!

The term organic-wedding, usually tends to bring to your mind, a rustic boho-style wedding ceremony and reception. Yet we are more than happy to present you, another side of this inspiration, for your wedding day!

Walking down the aisle of preparing your special day and booking the wedding vendors, we do not expect you to hold a baby panda by the hand, or not offering drinks to your guests to save water, since organizing an eco-friendly wedding, is not that hard at all!

Get a glimpse of our green-wedding suggestions:

YOUR COSMETICS

Yes cosmetics! Non-toxic products for face and body non animal-tested may keep your preparation clean. Making switch to non-toxic make up is on your to-do list. Shop quality natural cosmetics and organic skin care, with bioethical ingredients and eco-friendly packaging. Through your wedding cosmetics you may be the part of ecological movement which helps to save the environment.

Some ideas: You know what they say-if you can’t tone it, tan it. A wedding in summer serves a bronze sun-kissed bridal look, which has the power to boost confidence, mask cellulite, and enhance overall appearance under the dress. But achieving tan glow, can sometimes be messy and harmful. Solarium is not the recommended solution! Klhoe Kardashian’s POOSH’s editor, Michelle Scanga, highlights the Vita Liberata, an advanced organic sunless brand that’s truly in a league of its own. ‘I use the foam regularly but if I want an even deeper tan, I’ll massage the brand’s Body Blur onto my arms and legs’. Give it a try!

With the summer activities in full swing, you may need to up the amount of times you wash your face to twice a day. With that change, you may also want to take a look into a different cleanser more suitable to the summer heat to keep it clean and combat dryness. Perlier’s Black Rice Cleansing Milk is your new summer BFF. Rich in antioxidants and proteins that fight environmental aggressors, rich in organic ingredients, this cleanser allows your skin to re-establish youthfulness and refresh radiance without washing away your natural oils. So, before your wedding day, take a deep dive into cleansing and youthful products!

YOUR FIRST NIGHT’S BED LINEN

While bedding is not the most exciting shopping (like say…a wedding gown), thoughtfully choosing the essentials of your new era bed, will pay off in the long run. Non-natural threads contain harmful chemicals and pesticides which can result in allergic reactions and a poor first night with your loved one! Organic sheets from Lenga, Under The Canopy, Parachute and Silk producers in Soufli, Greece may offer the best eco and skin friendly bed linen. In Greece, at metaxi.gr you may purchase the bestest quality of your bedding equipment! The clean linen material is breathable, which aids in a more comfortable slumber. After all you will spend so much time in your bed, you deserve comfort, sans the chemicals. Upgrade your snooze zone with silk and safe wedding sheets!

What we also love is custom-made bed sheets which promote sustainability, since they are manufactured upon request and do not produce extra waste! Hint: they will embroider your initials!

YOUR WEDDING GOWN

Shop for upcycled, vintage and handmade wedding dresses, as well as accessories and bridesmaids’ attire. With a variety of styles, sizes and prices, the online global marketplace is for everyone, whether you are searching for a custom garment made in Europe or a timeless designer gown from the twentieth century. Etsy offers such a choice. If you are looking for wedding dresses in New York, Leanne Marshall’s wedding dress designs have a ‘unique ethereal’ appeal with light, flowering lines, timelessness, and stunning feminine detailing. Her pieces showcase bridal beauty without ever overshadowing the bride. An exclusive selection of her dresses can be purchased through BHLDN, Anthropologie’s bridal shop.

But for the bestest handmade wedding gowns, with sustainable standards and most important non-toxic hand-picked materials, the top one is Anem Collections. As the founder and designer loves to say ‘where dreams and magic become fashion for those special girls’. We must add that Anna Anemomilou has her atelier in Kolonaki, Athens-Greece, there she designs Haute Couture wedding gowns, Haute Couture and Pret a Porter De Luxe wedding party dresses.

Why we love about Anem Collections: the designer picks from her own the best quality materials which are non-toxic and harmless without chemicals. What is more she promotes sustainable fashion and exquisite custom-made wedding gowns which will not overshadow you on your special day.

WEDDING STATIONERY

Millions of trees are topples every year to make paper productions, and the process of producing these items pollutes the environment. Now more and more couples are trying to help making eco-conscious invite choices. We do recommend old school snail mail for the wedding invitations, but for save-the-dates, paperless is becoming more and more common.

Yet, we do actually love the paper invitations! We are sure you do! They are also more personalized!

However, you can reduce the inserts of your invitations by creating a wedding website for any extra details and material to be uploaded. For your invitation, keep an eye for stationers who offer recycled paper products and vegetable or heat-based inks, like The Windmill Paper Boutique-they source printing from windmill-powered printers. Some paper products are even plantable (!!WOW!!). Paper from companies like Botanical Paper Works are embedded with seeds, so guests can plant them in their backyards and the paper turns into flowers, plants or herbs instead of ending up in landfill. Crane & Co and Atelier Invitations offer sustainable resources and custom-made products while Smock opts bamboo items.

THE FLOWERS

You may wonder why we include flowers in that article. Well, not all flowers are organic. Some producers use chemicals to repel insects, which can end up affecting organic matter in soil, and in some cases causing illness and allergies to the newlyweds and guests who get in contact with them. To make sure your blooms are as sustainable as possible, ask your florists about in-season and local flowers to insure the freshest, best quality stems. If you have your heart set on a flower that is not in season and a seasonal replica won’t do, look for florists that may bring them straight from producers from abroad. Petridis Luxury Floral Collections, and their Professional Wedding Florists, offer sustainable and eco-friendly solutions on flowers, for all scales of events in Greece or destination weddings abroad.

THE CATERING

Food is the center of any celebration, and going green does not mean you have to eliminate taste or appearance! The farm-to-table movement is in full swing, meaning it is more accessible than ever to source healthy, earth-friendly, organic food. When you are planning your wedding, bear in mind that organic delicacies may cost more, but value for money is above all. Asking your caterer to source from in-season, locally grown products will keep the cost down, and guarantee the freshest finds. Cremona catering in Athens, uses locally sourced ingredients like eggs, meat and dairy products, which the owners hand-pick from farms 3 hours from Athens city center. When bought directly from growers, food needs less time in the fridge and less packaging to stay fresh, so you are being kind to landfills as well. Table embellishments like basil or cilantro pots, supplement the catering dishes which can be added straight to the plates. Margi Farm in Athens-Greece, offers as well a farm-to-table choice, since there they produce their own products and breed their own animals. Margi-Farm offers a wedding venue as well!

THE WEDDING RECEPTION VENUE

Waging a war against your venue if it does not have low-flow toilets, is not what we except from you, but there are many ways to cut down energy! One of the biggest ways is to get married outdoors, like on a farm, a vineyard, a beach or a garden. There the sun can provide all your lighting! There are tons of botanical gardens, exquisite stone-towers with vineyards and environmentally friendly hotels, that offer modern conveniences. Tower Petreza Vineyards in Athens and Knisterna Hotel in Monemvasia, are two of our top choices in Greece. They handle both sustainable actions and have magnificent green acres where you can host your wedding reception. Villa Astor (Villa Tritone) in Sorrento, and Il Borro Wine Resort in Tuscany, are always our top-pick in Italy.

We know outdoor ceremony and receptions do not work for everyone. If you want to be indoors, there are several ways you can make it green. Holding the ceremony and reception in one place-no one will have to travel from one event to the next, which cuts back on fuel emissions. The venues above recycle and use energy efficient appliances and biodegradable products as well as get plenty of sunlight to host a daytime wedding.

THE WEDDING JEWELLERY

You should not have to choose between high quality, fair pricing and doing good when it becomes to purchasing jewelry. Companies can track the diamond from mine to their local workshop to ensure they come from verifiably ethical and environmentally sound sources. Some others donate with each purchase to local helping organizations. AUrate New York, best for minimalistic wedding brands, offers both! Fair Trade Jewellery Co. is the first North American business to use Fair Trade Certified gold. That online retailer provides both pre-set engagement rings and custom-made rings for every proposal.

THE GIFT LIST

Rathe than providing your guests a couple of retailers who offer home equipment, in order for them to deposit an amount for your buying, you may offer them the alternative of a bank account from a non-governmental organization which helps other people or endangered animals, like WWF or Doctors without Borders. In this way you may help Mother earth by not purchasing extra stuff that is actually useless, while helping preserving  and promoting ethical actions.

Thinking of an Eco-Friendly wedding?

-Say yes to the less!

By Tinos G.



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