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Green Wedding Giveaway

Posted by: Kim Carlson Updated: March 18, 2011 - 4:36 PM

Here comes the bride all dressed in … green?!?!?  

The Living Green Expo

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KSTP's Twin Cities Live

will give one lucky couple the green low impact wedding of their dreams! From delicious menus created with local & organic ingredients to repurposed gowns, invitations with two-way envelopes, and a green bed & breakfast honeymoon, we’ll show you how to celebrate responsibly without sacrifice!

Submit an entry and you can win a free Green Wedding - valued at $27,000, compliments of the 2011 Living Green Expo, held May 7th and 8th at the MN State Fairgrounds.

You don't even have to plan the wedding - it's all done for you! Some choices will be necessary, like color schemes, dresses and other formal attire, but you catch our drift. It's a free green wedding, ensuring that your day won't leave a jumbo carbon footprint. Did you know one large wedding can emit more than 2,000 pounds of carbon? That's more than a single person uses in an entire year!

So tell your green love story - and explain how you practice living green.  This could add up to you and your significant other tying the knot at the Living Green Expo on May 7th.  Stories will be judged on the couple's "greenness," creativity, and willingness to get married on May 7th. Good luck, couples!

Encourage your green love-struck friends to enter! To register click here

To get you thinking green nuptials, here are some tips and green wedding vendors that are part of the Green Wedding Giveaway: 

Buy vintage engagement and wedding rings. To avoid guilt with your matrimonial gilt, Barristers Estate Jewelry  specializes in selling original diamond rings from the 1920′s-1950′s. All diamonds are original to the time period and are antiques. With a few exceptions, all of the items that Barrister sells are antiques or repurposed from antique jewelry. Rather than destroy any damaged items, old rings are restored to their previous luster, elegance and relevance. For a private appointment call 952-393-4552.

Send the right message with re-useable wedding invitations. With EcoEnvelopes , everyone can participate in environmental stewardship. Your communications can be sent in a single reusable, 2-way envelope instead of two envelopes. Now you can reduce your environmental impact and save money too.

Choose an earth-centric wedding cake baker. Yes, wedding cakes can be green and gorgeous. The pastry chef at Kim Bartman’s restaurant, Bryant Lake Bowl, strives to present locally sourced and organic products on thier menu and for special events. Kim has been on a mission of moving toward making her business as sustainable and earth-friendly as possible for many years. They compost in partnership with Eureka Recycling at all of their restaurants, and offer zero-waste summer picnic catering. They also created the first USGBC LEED rated restaurant in the region.

Serve local and organic wedding reception food. Chowgirls Killer Catering  serves up sassy catered fare for weddings and all types of events. They use local, organic, and seasonal ingredients whenever possible to create naturally good appetizers and special banquets with an earthy flair.

Make green music together. Experience the elegance of Tre Corda Trio , a string trio specializing in weddings and other special events. They are committed to sustainability in all aspects of their music, including reusing & recycling materials and carpooling to gigs. To book Tre Corda call 952-890-1284.

 

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