Seven Local Eco-Friendly Vendors Who Will Create Your Dream “Green” Wedding
These pros make planning a sustainable celebration way easier than you’d think.
Delivering the latest in style, inspiration, helpful tips and tricks, and everything else you need to know to plan the perfect New England wedding.
With invitations to purchase, a venue to decorate, and dozens of loved ones to feed, every little bit counts when it comes to being green on your wedding day. Luckily, though, these local eco-conscious vendors make being kind to the earth a piece of cake.
Owner and lead designer Jill Landry’s design studio sits on 11 acres of gardens and pastures in Marshfield, where horses and chickens roam free. It’s in that enchanting setting that her team crafts free-flowing bouquets, centerpieces, and floral installations using blooms from local suppliers, like sustainable Rhode Island grower Little State Flower Company. Beach Plum also offers design services such as draping and lighting, as well as décor rentals. And when your wedding day wraps, the company can help your florals find a new home by donating them to Cottage Caregivers, a local in-home senior care agency.
213 Newbury St., Boston; 321 Moraine St., Marshfield, 781-536-8273; beachplumfloral.com.
Opting to rent rather than purchase the furniture, tableware, and décor for your big day is already a major step in the “green” direction, but leasing from Party Rental means you can take things even further by choosing products made from biodegradable and compostable materials. The company’s “Palm Leaf” plate collection, for instance, is made from fallen leaves, using just 10 percent of the energy that goes into manufacturing recycled-paper products. Plus, the company relies on fuel-efficient vehicles and energy-efficient dishwashers to transport and clean your rentals, while the roof of their laundry facility boasts a 200-kilowatt solar-energy system.
186 South St., Boston; 157 Grove St, Franklin, 844-464-4776, partyrentalltd.com.
One wedding day detail that’s easy to overlook? What happens to all of that uneaten food at the end of the day. Thankfully, Rescuing Leftover Cuisine has a team of volunteers who will pick up surplus food from your event and donate it to local shelters and soup kitchens. Well-versed in weddings, the nonprofit will work closely with your catering team to coordinate the pickup and donation.
The motto at Chive Events: “Sustainability and great taste go hand in hand.” That’s why co-founder and chef Lindsey Wishart’s colorful, clean dishes use only organic, in-season ingredients sourced from local farms. Chive also offers custom wedding decorations ranging from New England-grown florals housed in vintage or second-hand containers to signage and props. And at the end of your celebration, you can take pride in knowing that everything will be returned, composed, or recycled.
30 Rantoul St., Beverly, 978-969-3316, chiveevents.com.
Donning a Laura Preshong rock on your finger means lending a helping hand to the environment. That’s because all of the custom-designed engagement rings, wedding bands, necklaces, bracelets, and earrings the jeweler makes in this South Boston studio stem from mine-free, recycled metals. Bonus: The company exclusively works with a small group of reliable suppliers to ensure the sources of its ethical gems and conflict-free diamonds can be easily traced.
558 Tremont St., Boston, 617-236-7660, laurapreshong.com.
The stylists at Roffi are as equally committed to shaping red-carpet-worthy tresses as they are to protecting the environment. Equipped with Energy Star certified appliances, the Newbury Street space is powered entirely by energy harnessed from wind farms. In addition, most of the product lines the salon carries are made with natural ingredients, utilize recyclable packaging, aren’t tested on animals, and are sustainably sourced to minimize environmental impact.
134 Newbury St., 617-536-9600, roffisalon.com.
This Boston business is on a mission to reduce landfill waste—one handmade cloth at a time. Founder Kathryn Yee created the company’s first small-batch, screen-printed linen invitations for her own wedding four years ago, and now the company custom designs screen-printed napkins, menus, and invitations for events. The practical reason to ditch paper? To reduce waste. The less practical one? To give you and your guests beautiful keepsakes for years to come.
Boston, 508-259-2529, theeverydaynapkin.co.