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A Green Wedding that Inspires; Reused Decor + Boutonnieres, Recycle Bins, Sustainable Centerpieces

Thursday, October 13, 2011

It is Ashley Currie with iHospitality, here again with another look at the green wedding scene in good ole Music City.  This month I am highlighting a green inspired wedding along with some pretty unique, sustainable style centerpiece options for your guest tables.  Quick note: if you are expecting a lot of neutral colors and simplicity for decor then you are going to be pleasantly surprised, as I have a lot of color and fun to show this round.


Bethany and Doug were married at Houston Station on September 3, 2011.  This couple started out wanting to ensure their wedding had a small footprint while sticking with their awesome personal style.  They enlisted the help of Lindsey Huddleston with dandyLion Events to make their wedding day green and memorable.


Image courtesy of La Photographie

The couple cut out disposables and opted for palm leaf dinnerware. They had on-site recycling bins…woohooo Houston Station, I like that!  And much of the couple’s décor was reused from another friend’s wedding; mixed with items from their own home.  Tissue poms were made from recycled paper and they even used the scraps from making the poms as confetti.  The groomsman also had recycled car emblems as their boutonnieres...priceless.


Tissue poms were made from recycled paper.


Recycled car emblems were used for boutonnieres.

These little baby sapling favors were my absolute fave, a creation straight from their great event planner Lindsey.  The honey favors were donated and the great flamingo hand cloths were a gift and also the décor for the head table.



Looking for alternative to flowers for your wedding reception? Bethany and Doug used sustainable options, while still keeping their personal style in tact.  Check out some great ideas below.


Silver Bottle Centerpiece with Branches: Chic, subtle and of course wine was the first use for these bottles.  So, make sure and set aside your wine bottles during the planning process allowing you to create a DIY centerpiece project for your big day.

Groupings and Vintage Pieces: Donated vintage books, birdcages, and figurines make a great alternative to cut flowers.

Mini Cake Centerpieces: Let’s talk about reusable!  Placing mini cakes on each guest table instead of cut flowers, really makes for great presentation without one morsel being tossed in the trash.


Cupcakes double as wedding favors!

For more green wedding ideas check out some green wedding posts.

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Green Nashville Weds

I'm delighted to serve as the ABG green wedding expert. I own iHospitality, which is all about events. We see ourselves as the green accessory for events, trade shows & more, so keeping “green” on the menu is pretty much our mission. The hospitality & event industry is super fun & exciting but also super wasteful. We want to lessen your event impact on the environment without losing the fun, style & excitement of entertaining. By incorporating simple, green components within events, it allows for more thought on how waste will be disposed and where some types of events waste can be reduced or reused. I am definitely not a tree hugger, but have experience in the hospitality industry since 2008. Sourcing products & services for environmental groups was actually the spark that propelled the initial launch of iHospitality. We started as strictly an eco-friendly foodservice supplier for event and other companies which gave us an inside look into the sustainable supply world. We now have relationships with many sustainable manufacturers & suppliers allowing us to negotiate and offer great products direct for your event.

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