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One thing that is for SURE is that there’s usually a lot of waste after a wedding celebration, but there doesn’t have to be.  There are a number of things you can do to reduce your wedding’s carbon footprint. Today I’m going to share some ideas for how to get recycled items for your Chicago wedding.

  1. The easiest thing to do would be to hire a wedding planner who specializes in coordinating “Green Weddings”. A planner who specializes in this will know all the tricks for making sure your wedding is as “green” as possible. If you’re considering a wedding planner and not sure where to start, be sure to check out my friend Carlene, who owns Naturally Yours Events in Chicago.
  2. Another option would be to hire an event stylist who owns and re-uses many of their materials for different events. Check out Janelle from Re: Find Joy. She has ALL kinds of goodies available for rent that she styles with.  She also can coordinate finding the pieces you need if she doesn’t have them herself.
  3. The Chicago Green Wedding Alliance has a sweet event they put on EVERY year called The Great Wedding Recyclery. This event allows married couples and engaged couples to meet, mingle, and learn about having a green wedding. There is a market where you can purchase recycled items for your wedding.  So, if you had no idea what you were going to do with 100 place card holders, now you do! If you have items to sell, you can rent a table, or if you just have items to donate, all the proceed go to the CGWA. You can get ALL kinds of things from signs to table numbers, vases, to candles. The Chicago Green Wedding Alliance also has other events they coordinate throughout the year so be sure to check out the website for upcoming events.
  4. Rent Vintage Chicago– Rent items for your big day…From furniture to vintage champagne glasses, they have tons to choose from!
  5. Aged Rentals- These guys have EVERYTHING from small and large accessories to benches, pews, chairs, couches, trunks, tables and dressers. The have some really gorgeous finds in their collection.

What are some ways you’d like to use recycled items for your big day?

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