Monday, September 14, 2009

Circle City Planners going Green in the Indy Star

So as you know September 5th weekend was a very busy weekend. We had 3 weddings! But we didn't mention that I was in the Indy Star. Yes, Tonya usually does all the interviews for the media but she wasn't available to do this one so I took it. I LOVE seeing my name in print!!!The article was about Green Weddings. This is becoming more and more popular. Below is the article written by T.J. Banes Star reporter hope you all enjoy!
Billy Idol topped the charts with his 1982 release "White Wedding," but more brides today are opting for a green wedding.
From the registry to the reception, couples are saying "I do" with a commitment to each other and the environment.
According to Joyce Scardina Becker, author of "Countdown to Your Perfect Wedding" (St. Martins Press), about 30 percent of American couples are incorporating green elements in their nuptials. A recent survey by David's Bridal indicates 45 percent of respondents are making an effort to be environmentally conscious during their weddings.
"It's a good way to save money, and it personalizes the wedding," said Darcie Kornmeyer, a local wedding planner and vice president of Circle City Planners, (
There are many ways to create Earth-friendly weddings.
Online wedding registries such as 3r Living (www.3r and Natural Spaces ( offer everything from beeswax candles to recycled glassware.
You can save paper (and trees) by sending electronic invitations; rather than separate menus, display a menu board; replace individual place cards with one large seating chart.
"It depends on how green you want to go, but you can save upwards of $1,500 on printing costs alone," Kornmeyer said.
To save money and practice sustainability with wedding attire, Kornmeyer suggests borrowing a gown, recycling a family heirloom, or shopping at consignment stores.
She also recommends incorporating flowers that are in season and close to home.
Other tips from Kornmeyer include:
Choose outdoor settings such as the Vermont Street Plaza on the Canal, the Indianapolis Zoo and White River Gardens, or Garfield Park.
Consider hiring a shuttle bus or motor coach to carpool family and friends to the ceremony and reception.
Use flower petals or birdseed for the processional.
Choose unconventional favors for the wedding party, such as donations to the World Wildlife Fund, the Humane Society or similar organizations.

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