Officially a Member of the Green Wedding Alliance!

Honey Bee Weddings is excited to announce that we are now officially an Approved Vendor with the Green Wedding Alliance!

The Green Wedding Alliance is a network of DJs, caterers, florists, venues, and other event vendors that strive to be as environmentally sustainable as possible through their eco-friendly business practices. We are so thrilled to be joining the 50+ other vendors who share our commitment to being environmentally responsible!

Sustainable Weddings Made Easy

As a member of the Green Wedding Alliance, I believe the importance of being environmentally responsible. Brides and Grooms often overlook their ability to make a difference in the amount of waste produced at a wedding, and I hope to change that.

Whether you opt for invitations without gold foil or hire a florist that has environmentally sustainable practices, there are a dozen + ways to make your wedding more sustainable. 

Photo by: Kristina at Vrai Photography

You also don’t have to do it alone! No one can become 100% green overnight, and planning an environmentally friendly wedding can seem challenging. Making your wedding as green as possible is something Honey Bee Weddings strives for, and why we became part of the Green Wedding Alliance

For tips on how to keep the waste at your wedding to a minimum, check out Hannah Baker’s post over on The article shares a lot of great information on how to choose vendors and products to avoid on your wedding day. 

What to do with that old bridesmaid dress?

Dessy has been designing bridesmaid gowns for many years. I am in absolute love with this idea that launched recently. Called Newlymaid, the concept is pure (green) genius.

  1. Find an old bridesmaid dress
  2. Mail to Newlymaid.
  3. Get a code for discount shopping.
  4. Buy a new dress like the own pictured above!

Why would Newlymaid want your old gown? They either recycle the dress or they donate it to charity. Click here for the pretty amazing idea.

Being Green

Reduce.  Reuse.  Recycle.  

Try to be Green while being a Bride.  In honor of Mama Earth, I have come up with three suggestions.

  1. Share the wealth. One of my favorite charities is the Glass Slipper Project.  The organization gives dresses to students that might not be able to afford to go Prom.  The group REALLY needs shoes, jewelry, accessories, and unworn make-up.  If you are interested, please email me at or check out their website.
  2. Sell your wedding goodies. Once the wedding is over, sell all of your wedding goodies.  I sold my card box, picture frames, vases, etc.  Other brides might be willing to part with their veil or even their dress.  It is a great way to make some money (who doesn’t need that these days!) as well as purge your home from the wedding madness.  Here is a link to my post about Selling Your Dress.  If you want to sell your wedding items, try Craig’s List or on the boards of Chicago Weddings.
  3. Don’t take all the free stuff if you don’t want it.  At many bridal events (especially those awful expos), you are bombarded with wedding stuff.  Flyers, free pencils, etc.  Do you really want it?  If not, politely decline.  Since you are reading my blog, I am sure that you are internet savvy.  Ask for a business card and get their information electronically.

Green Weddings: Photography

Vrai, home of one of my favorite photographers, Kristina, is focusing on green weddings.  Kristina is a regular contributor to the Eco Photo Blog.  Additionally, Kristina is now part of Blue List, which is a collective of photographer across the country.  Vrai is based in Chicago but will travel to any location.
Here are some examples of her recent work.