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Weddings are events that offer many ways to choose local, borrow what you need and create a one-of-a-kind experience. From the venue and clothing to food and flowers, there are many resources to help you be creative and sustainable, so you can refocus your energy on what’s most important to you on your special day.
Venue and officiant options
To minimize transportation impacts, choose a local wedding instead of a destination wedding and find event space where you can have the ceremony and reception in the same location.
Make your vows in an urban wilderness at one of Portland’s many parks.
Use the City of Portland’s Event Recycling containers and signage to recycle and compost everything you can.
Many bridal and formalwear stores sell like-new consignment dresses at substantial discounts. Search for “wedding consignment” or similar terms to find locations convenient for you.
For tuxedos and menswear, put on the (rented) ritz with Mr. Formal.
Food, flowers and décor
Plan an organic and locally grown menu for the wedding and the favors (that includes Oregon beer and wine!). Consider one of Portland’s many sustainably minded caterers. Provide a water station or water pitchers on dinner tables instead of bottled water.
Use simple, non-themed décor that can be reused for other occasions. Decorate with seasonal food that looks beautiful on the tables and on the plates.
Rent cloth linens and napkins, plates, flatware and drinkware. Something Borrowed has a wide array of items available to rent to make your special day unique. Both Preserve and Serve and the Home Goods Library have durable dishes for everything from cake slices to attendees’ proud toasts.
Other green wedding planning tips
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