Monday, March 30, 2009

Go Green with The Knot

In August 2008 we, along with many wonderful vendors and friends, planned the Dallas Market Party for The Knot. The annual networking event invites local wedding professionals to network, catch up and, of course, see new trends in the wedding industry. Our main focus was to provide tips on how to plan an eco-friendly event with a trendy twist or as we called it 'Eco-Chic' event!

Here are a few helpful tips on reducing your carbon footprint when creating an enviromentally friendly wedding and/or event:
  1. Use recycled paper for your invitations

  2. Set up a wedding website to keep guests updated on wedding events

  3. Use local vendors to cut down on travel and fuel usage

  4. Ask your caterer to consider using local, organic foods for your menu

  5. Consider reusing ceremony flowers at the reception

  6. Donate food and flowers ( is a great organization who can help facilitate leftovers! First, be sure to check with state laws and your venue regarding their policy on donating food.)

  7. LED lighting

  8. For Favors: consider a donation to your favorite charity

Click below to see a small write up and other photos online at Real Weddings from The Knot

Special Thanks to the our vendors who helped make this event a SUCCESS:

The Knot

Sodexo at DMA

The Wildflower

Switch Lighting Group

Randal Stout Entertainment

VIM Studio

Gloss Event Rentals


SquareOne Organic Vodka

Monday, March 16, 2009

Wedding Favors

Are wedding favors really necessary? Our answer: No, but favors are "Lagniappe"and can be a fun detail added to your wedding theme.

Favors have been a part of weddings for many centuries and, to many, are an important detail to their weddings. These gifts are a great way to show appreciation to your guests for celebrating with you. It is believed (by wikipedia) that the first wedding favors were a bonbonniere; a small trinket box made of crystals or jewels filled with sugar confections. Today favors have evolved beyond the box and here are a few of our favorites and some tips to consider.

Favorites: (based on experience)

  1. Candy bar in your wedding colors or multi-color

  2. Donation to your favorite charity in your guests honor

  3. Favorite his/her cookies

  4. Edible items that are symbolic to your history or relationship (i.e. pralines from New Orleans if it is your hometown or was your first date)

  5. Small (and I stress small) bottle of your favorite wine. Check with your reception venue regarding their policy on outside alcohol

  6. CD of your favorite music that can be easily uploaded to an IPOD

  7. Personalize (with either monogram or wedding date) small to go boxes and box up extra cake. Many times there is too much cake at weddings and unfortunately a lot of it is thrown away. Great way to reuse and think green!

Below are favors you may want to reconsider before purchasing: (again, based on experience)

  1. Pocket sized silver picture frames with photos of you. Use a photo in your save the date or enlarge an engagement photo to display at your reception.

  2. Trinkets (cultural or symbolic). Consider incorporating your culture traditions in your menu or with entertainment at your reception. If you are set on this type of favor, make sure it is small enough to travel with and your guests could reuse it.

  3. Avoid personalizing your favors that are not edible or disposable. Save personlization for stationery, lighting, napkins, and other details for your keepsake.

Our advice to you . . .
keep your wedding favors simple and sweet.