Weddings in particular are notorious for wasting resources under the guise of offering guests every comforting amenity and assuring perfection in every corner. In fact, some wedding planners assert that it’s not possible to maintain quality or follow a budget and still follow a green, earth-friendly philosophy.
The vendors participating in this event can prove them wrong. From menu selections to floral design, linens to bridal gowns, wedding couples have fabulous options for reusing and recycling, reducing their carbon footprint and serving delicious food that is humanely grown and sustainably harvested. These green options are often of better quality and no more expensive than the more impactful traditional choices.
“Your wedding is a perfect opportunity to share with your friends and loved ones your eco-friendly philosophies in a way that can be meaningful and relevant,” said North Fork/South Fork Weddings President Judy McCleery, the event’s primary sponsor. “Hopefully you will win over a few more converts.”
Lisa Marie Blinn, owner of L. Marie Events, is a certified green wedding planner, and has at her fingertips many resources for eco-friendly and green options. “There are plenty of fine quality eco-friendly products and services available at reasonable prices. It’s just a matter of knowing where to look for them,” she said, adding that very often the greener option is a better value than the high-impact original item would be.
The Southampton Historical Museum was selected to host the event because it is soon to unveil a new barn that will be offered as a venue for weddings and other special events. The current DIY trend is tailor-made for a barn wedding that can incorporate the greener philosophies, and the Southampton Historical Museum property is an ideal backdrop for the Green Your East End Wedding Showcase. It is located at 17 Meeting House Lane, Southampton, New York.
Registration is now open at www.GreenEastEndWeddings.com and is $15 in advance and $20 at the gate. The first 20 wedding couples to register will receive a free, signed copy of the Green Bride Guide. The book will be on sale and available for the author’s signing at the event while supplies last. Advance registration can be done online at www.greeneastendweddings.com or by calling North Fork/South Fork Weddings at 631-606-0198. Applications are also being accepted from vendors with green services to exhibit. Interested vendors should contact Judy McCleery directly at 631-606-0198.