Planning for a sustainable Central Oregon Wedding has gotten a lot easier over the years, as an influx of eco-conscious outdoor enthusiasts have flooded the scene. From woodsy and affordable outdoor venues like Skyliners near Tumalo Falls, to a host of caterers who are dedicated to locally sourced meats and produce, Bend has a lot to offer the eco-conscious couple. Here are a few ideas both local and online to get you moving in the right direction.
Perhaps the most obvious, having reusable cups is also one of the most fun! Kleen Kanteen’s 16 oz. Steel Pint is probably the most popular choice for eco-conscious couples and it is easy to get these logo-ed with your own special design through their co-branding program. Another great choice is to stay way local and get Insulated Mugs from Hydroflask for everyone. Pretty spendy, but it is a gift for your guests they’ll treasure for a long time.
Although it may be temping to create some really cool invites on recycled paper, evites are the way to go if you’re trying for minimal impact and waste. There are also an incredible amount of resources out there to make simple (and free) websites for your wedding. Given that some generations might not go online as obsessively as others, a simple SAVE THE DATE postcard with a link to the website to the wedding might be enough to get most folks on board. One other creative and optimistic choice is sending invites embedded with seeds (yes the actual paper embedded with actual seeds.) Check them out from Botanticalpaperworks.com.
Find your mom’s old dress and get it fitted. It will make a great story and a great statement. Specialty vintage stores and websites also carry a wide variety of used dresses handpicked for style and fit. Some recommended stores in Portland include Richele Kay Bridal Consignment and Xtabay Vintage Clothing. In Bend your best bet is to find something you want second hand or online and get it altered at Scissor Bird Sewing & Alterations.
This is kind of a no brainer in terms of what is sustainable and what is not, but the bottom line is if you must have meat, there are many options for locally sourced free range meet from a number of Central Oregon caterers. Consider working with Devore’s Good Food Store for organic salads, soups and wraps to compliment a high-summer rehearsal dinner. The owners of Joolz Restaurant in downtown also offer catering with a strong preference to supporting locally sourced everything.
Whether you adopt all of these ideas and make your wedding totally green, or just pick a few that suit your needs, your wedding day is a great time to make a statement about how you care about the environment, and some of your choices may influence your guests to do the same.