Event planner turns white weddings green | TahoeDailyTribune.com

Event planner turns white weddings green

Sara Thompson
Jim Grant / Tahoe Daily TribuneCindy deLaet, a wedding coordinator with Blue Sky Events, holds a ponderosa pine sapling that can be given as a favor to wedding guests. It is one way couples can make their nuptials eco-friendly.

Instead of something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue, Kerry Hawk is adding green to the mix.

Hawk, owner of Blue Sky Events, started coordinating green weddings two years ago after a couple requested an eco-friendly wedding.

“I learn a lot from my brides,” Hawk said, “and I encourage others to think about it.”

Blue Sky Events will have a booth at Friday’s Green Business Expo at MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa. Attendees can learn about other local green services and products at the expo, which will feature a Green University, where speakers will discuss topics relating to business and the environment.

In advance of the event, Hawk offered ideas on how to make weddings greener.

For invitations, Hawk said couples can use recycled paper or paper made with wildflower seeds. Recipients of the invitation then can plant it to grow wildflowers.

When choosing flowers, couples can choose flowers that are local and in-season. If a bride chooses nonlocal flowers, it leaves a larger mark on the environment.

“That flower has to be grown outside and shipped in, which contributes to emissions,” Hawk said.

Tuxedos and dresses can be made from natural fibers, such as hemp, instead of polyester, Hawk said.

Wedding favors also can be wasteful products. Couples can opt to give trees for their guests to plant or make a donation to their favorite charity.

Food can be a wasteful part of the reception. Hawk said to avoid discarding food, make sure guests RSVP so caterers don’t have to guess the right number of servings.

Silverware and flatware also should be used instead of disposable plates and eating utensils, Hawk said.

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