For those who want to go green for their upcoming nuptials, there used to be little choice besides D-I-Y. But now you can go green in almost any aspect, be it a dress from an eco-designer like Adele Weschler or merely just making your wedding invite an e-vite, and there are many vendors to help across the country. Montreal-based Bouquet Collective is one great example. With an event planner, custom tailoring, catering, photography, makeup and graphic design by six talented women, this collective aims to help clients (be it brides or not) to create events that are environmentally responsible. Its members include:
Binky Holleran, owner of Fuchsia Epicerie Fleur, who uses seasonal, local (and organic, if the clients prefer) produce to create her catered dishes.
For graphic designs, Farah Khan, Creative Director of House9 Designs prints only on post-consumer paper with vegetable-based dyes and encourages e-invites to cut down on paper waste.
Dallas Curow, Bouquet’s photographer, uses digital over film photography to cut down on the toxic chemicals and paper waste and encourages couples to adopt an organic aesthetic to their event.
For an eco-dress the way you want it, Adrienne Colby retrofits vintage dresses and uses natural fabrics whenever possible. Most importantly (for us beauty fiends) is the makeup application. Bouquet’s Liz Furlong, uses an Aveda-based kit that is made of natural and plant-based product and also creates her own cleansers out of natural ingredients.
For event planning and a natural beauty fix, look to the collective’s Angela MacKenzie, who created Honeyflower Natural Beauty Products a line created without chemical preservatives, petroleum products and other toxic ingredients. She makes sure to plan events that are not only personalized but also earth-friendly. “We came together because we felt our services complemented each other, and wanted to make it easier for clients to find event services with a green ethos,” says Curow, Bouquet Collective’s photographer. Clients don’t have to use all of the services but there is usually discount if you use the whole collective. Plus, collectives usually work as a team to create the aesthetic that you want at your event. “Each of our services is sustainable in that we try to reduce waste, find innovative ways to reuse and re-purpose items (such as retrofitting vintage dresses) to throw a fabulous party without creating a mountain of trash,” Curow explains. Stay tuned for more on green collectives across the country.
– Kate Daley