Wait for it…

July 17, 2008

And keep waiting a little bit longer for actual wedding-related posts.  Big apologies!  But you can look forward soon to:

  • Announcement of our reception/ceremony venue, and what we’re going to try to do to make it as green as possible.
  • Pictures of me in the organic clothing I purchased (it’s pretty!  and comfy!)
  • Food choices (yum!)

But, in the meantime, I wanted to push out a couple of things that caught my eye today.  They kind of underscore our decision to make our wedding as green as possible:

  1. The Story of Stuff.  Check it out; it’s self-explanatory, but a must see.  It came back to my inbox today through Ideal Bite, my favorite daily green tip source. 
  2. Al Gore’s speech on energy policy change, given today.  Can you imagine?  10 years.  We could do it, if enough people stand behind it.  (Full version with annotations here.)

Stay tuned!

Movin’ on out

July 9, 2008

I apologize for the blog hiatus.  It’s going to continue for a little while longer, too,  *sniff.  I promise wonderful posts upon my return, though!  Jason and I are in the middle of moving into a new apartment in Seattle, and we have to clean A LOT.  And get rid of some stuff.  (Inserting plugs for Freecycle and craigslist.org to get rid of and/or find awesome stuff; including everything from wedding dresses to tools that will help you make cool favors.)

But I won’t leave you without something to keep you kind of entertained.

  1. This falls completely within the bounds of this blog, and will give you something to read until my return:  the Sierra Club Green Tips are running a series on green weddings!  Check it out.
  2. The rest of these aren’t so much wedding related.  But they’re fun!  Take a break from the planning.  And they’re on the internet, thus saving paper.  Just remember to turn off your monitor and put your computer to sleep when you walk away.  🙂  First: Questionable Content.  I love the characters, and the drawing.  It’s worth going back to the beginning to pick up on the story lines.  Author Jeph also has a music blog attached to the site that’s pretty great.
  3. 2nd webcomic: PvPOnline  (PvP is Player vs. Player; it’s gamer speak).  If you go back a few strips, there’s a wedding!  But really, I recommend going back to the beginning.  Hilarity.  I’ve met author Scott Kurtz thanks to a friend, and he’s a great guy with some amazing talent.
  4. Dinosaur Comics.  Always funny, even though the images never change.  I have a huge crush on T-Rex.
  5. xkcd.  Also always funny, and always really smart. 
  6. Penny Arcade.  My first webcomic.  And a little of a niche market.  While PvP definitely has its gaming references, Penny Arcade is all about gaming, and occasionally some randomness.  I love it.  And I’ve also had the pleasure of meeting Gabe and Tycho.  They also run a wonderful charity that distributes games and fun things to children who are sick and scared in hospitals that we may consider giving to as “favors” for our wedding.  And if making fun of GTA isn’t necessarily your thing, maybe still check it out.  🙂
  7. Not a webcomic, but my no-longer-secret sin.  Go Fug Yourself.  Because making fun of celebrities in bad clothes always eases the stress of finding a reception venue that will allow you to use your own eco-friendly, local caterer (true story!).

All these comics have awesome merch stores with things that we’ll probably be adding to our registry.  We already have a toaster oven (uses way less energy than a conventional oven when all you’re doing is heating up tator tots for 2), but we don’t have the complete Penny Arcade series.

A favored wedding

July 2, 2008

One of the major environmentally unfriendly aspects of weddings is the amount of waste it produces.  If you think about it, there’s a whole lot of often traditionally one-time use stuff that’s involved, from the dress to the flowers (more on that later), to those sometimes kitschy favors you often see.  I actually haven’t been to a wedding with those kind of things, but you know what I’m talking about, right?  Maybe it’s a funny little container made of pink plastic that holds chocolate.  You eat the chocolate, and eventually that container ends up in the trash.  Maybe it’s just some random object with the names and date on it; very nice, but really, who has the space on their shelves for the collection of wedding objects from lots of friends and family?  🙂  Then think of that object multiplied times 100+, and then again by all the weddings that have them (there are 2.3 million weddings a year in the United States)!

One way to avoid all that waste is to not have favors at all.  Not only is there no impact in terms of manufacturing, shipping, and garbage, but it’s one less thing you need to plan for and worry about (and spend money on)! 

But, if you do want to provide some kind of token for your guests, as a way of expressing gratitude or for whatever other reason, there are some great options.

  1. Give a small donation per guest (or a lump sum) to a favorite charity.  Or pick a few charities!  It’s up to you; it’s your day.  Let your guests know about the donation on the place cards (printed on recycled paper), in the invitations, or in the program.  It’s a great way to honor your guests by giving back.
  2. Get crafty!  I’m sure lots of you can make really cool (and useful!) little things, from knitting cell phone cases, to making your own drinking glasses (just get one of these gadgets!).  I don’t want to reveal exactly what we’re doing, but I’ll drop the hint that we’re going to be making magnets out of something that’s easy to get a hold of.  Want to try?  Just buy some non-toxic, eco-friendly glue, some little magnets (or those easy to use adhesive magnetic squares, although that adhesive might not be so great for the environment), and stick the magnets to whatever you think your guests might enjoy!  I might stay away from putting just names and dates; make the object something quirky and fun to put on the fridge, and then use calligraphy to write your initials somewhere discrete so your guests never forget.  🙂
  3. Go with edible.  Just make sure to use the most eco-friendly and minimal packaging you can get away with.  Cute plastic boxes are fine, but un-bleached, recyclable boxes are even better.  Something local is always a great idea, too.  In Washington or New York, for instance, setting out beautiful local apples at your guests’ places with your grandmother’s recipe for apple crisp printed on recycled index cards would be lovely!  Candy “bars” are another favorite; give your guests a few options, and you’ll avoid any guilt over possible allergies or dislikes.  Just provide your guests with containers (collect, clean and resuse baby food or other small glass jars, or use brown paper bags or envelopes- recycled, of course!).
  4. Go with living.  Flower seeds (or small potted plants, as long as your guests won’t have to transport them far), are another great idea.  Print the place card info on Flower Seed Paper (there’s lots of favor ideas here, actually), and put it on small pot, and you’ve given your guests all they really need to grow some beautiful flowers!
  5. If you want to spend a bit more, go ahead and get useful things for your guests.  My friend Leonore, who got married just this past weekend (congrats!!), had pretty espresso cups with saucers (every one was different).  You could also consider giving out reuseable tote bags: tie them up with a pretty ribbon, or even get them printed (here’s a place you could put the name and date)!