Eco-Friendly Events & Green Weddings in Chicago

Going green is on my mind simply because the sun is out and the weather is great! All Chicago can think about is getting outside and enjoying the beautiful sunny weather! Big City Bride is in the final stages of planning some really exciting outdoor Chicago wedding ceremonies and Chicago tented weddings. This is the season for the dream outdoor wedding ceremony with the sun shining, followed by a night of dancing underneath the stars.

With our minds on beautiful mother nature, we'll pass on a few eco-friendly wedding tips from your favorite Chicago wedding planner. Big City Bride loves to help plan a green wedding in anyway we can. There are a few simple and somewhat obvious things to keep in mind as you plan your Chicago wedding.

  • Paper Products (Invitations, Favors, Print Materials): Using less is of course the best way to reduce your wedding thumbprint. Rather than one program per person, do one per couple. Rather than a menu card per plate, consider a chalkboard in cocktail hour so everyone knows what is to come! If you like the idea of a wedding favor try to think of something simple. A nick-nack that arrives individually packaged is definitely less green than a cupcake or a plant.
  • Be Outside: If nature makes your soul sing, then embrace that! Plan an outdoor Chicago wedding ceremony (with an indoor backup if need be.) Big City Bride has Chicago wedding planning expertise in outdoor wedding ceremonies and Chicago gardens perfect for a ceremony! Let nature be your ceremony decor!

  • Think Local with Flowers: A great way to 'green' your wedding is by using in-season, local flowers, rather than exotic, out-of-season flowers. Working with your Chicago wedding planner and your Chicago florist you can find wonderful options that don't need to be flown in from around the world. Or think about potted plants and flowers as centerpieces or for your escort cards. Then let your guests take them home at night!
  • Farm to Table Friendly Food: Use a Chicago caterer that buys local, in-season foods, and reduce the amount of time the food spends in transit and save on greenhouse gas emissions. The flavors of each season are so wonderful that embracing your season and Chicago farming can make your wedding more special, especially if your wedding guests are from out of town. A Chicago wedding planner like Big City Bride knows how to find the perfect caterer to suit your needs!

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