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Green Weddings in Sarasota

Tuesday, October 5th, 2010

Sarasota Green Photography

Social Conscience Bride – Green Weddings (eco-friendly) are in for 2011! Brides are taking it up a notch with textured linens, organic makeup and vegan or organic wedding cakes and desserts. The recyclable wedding gown is eco-friendly hemp and organic silk.  Location, location, location! When planning your green wedding or event, you should consider a few things before you decide upon a location. How many guests will you be having? Remember the fewer the guests, the lower the carbon footprint! What time of year is your wedding? Do you want an indoor event or a garden wedding? Casual or formal, or perhaps somewhere funky like a hip nightclub? Narrowing down what you want in a venue will alleviate a lot of unnecessary stress when you begin looking at venues.

One thing to consider is that if you have both your ceremony and reception at the same location, you will alleviate the need for your guests to travel to two different places. Look for locations that offer recycling of the empty liquor bottles. Look for locations that include table, chair, and linen rental, as this eliminates quite a bit of shipping and carbon production. One beautiful hidden gem (that is also very reasonable) located near downtown sarasota and the arts district is the Sarasota Garden Club as well as the prestigious Indigo Hotel.  You won’t believe the beautiful retreat settings in Sarasota that are only 5 minutes from the airport!

Look for a garden setting if you choose an outdoor event. Look for one with either an inside option or a permanent tent. Look for one that already has tables and chairs for you to rent from the facility to prevent having to rent and truck everything in. One such treasure  is Selby Gardens. The gardens is a beautiful historical landscape known for it’s beauty, orchid collection, banyan trees and bamboo.  Also it’s the place where Marie Selby became the first woman to cross the country by car..  Try to find a location that incorporates at least a few Green practices into their operations.

If you do happen to have your heart set on a destination wedding, keep your guest count to a bare minimum and look for a place that offers green wedding packages. To find great eco-friendly hotels and accomodations check out EC3.

Wedding Favors – There are fabulous green favors to choose from and some websites where you can find them. I love the idea of planting a memory by planting a tree. There is even a website I found that has plan-table placecards and wedding invitations. You cannot get more environmentally friendly than that!  Green Wedding Favors

Sarasota Caterer: Zest! Of Sarasota is Sarasota’s original green catering company.

Photographer: In addition to being digital, I try to make all my  business decisions with green practices in mind. I have gone went completely digital and electronic by using electronic faxes, digital documents, even digital catalogs and magazine subscriptions. My Sarasota wedding photography  company offers online digital proofs and they use recycled and recyclable papers and packaging when necessary. Look for businesses that work within “green” business perimeters.

Most of all, have fun and enjoy planning your Sarasota green wedding.

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Hyatt Weddings

Wednesday, February 10th, 2010

Sarasota Hyatt Weddings

At Hyatt, they believe there’s nothing more important than bringing people together in an unforgettable fashion for your wedding or commitment ceremony. Their professional staff will take care of every detail imaginable – from flowers to music to everything in between – and make your day a dream come true. Whether it’s a small, intimate gathering or a lavish affair, you’ll feel more than welcome with stunning facilities and idyllic settings.  Nestled near downtown and on the bay, the Sarasota Hyatt is a wonderful location for amazing wedding photography.

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Ringling Museum Weddings

Monday, February 1st, 2010
A wedding party of your dreams

A wedding party of your dreams

We love the Ringling Museum for a wedding venue. The architecture, art, and beautiful grounds make for a spectacular setting.  For a wedding filled with charm, elegance, grace, the venues at Ringling Museum fulfill all your dreams.

A little history about the museum:

In 1925, Ringling commissioned the New York architect John Phillips to design a building befitting of his impressive art collection, a museum that would take its inspiration from the Renaissance and Baroque palaces and museums of Italy.  Construction began in 1928, and in October 1931, The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art was officially dedicated and opened to the public.

Today, the Museum of Art displays European, American, and Asian works of art in its permanent collection galleries.  The collection of Old Master paintings, highlighted by the Baroque period of the 17th century, is among the finest in the country.

Even if your not planning your wedding at the Ringling Museum, be sure to visit when you have a chance.  The museum is also an amazing place to take engagement or pre-wedding photographs.   Enjoy some photo’s from a recent wedding done on the grounds of the historic John and Mable Ringling Museum of art!

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Monday, November 30th, 2009




Word of mouth is always your safest bet when choosing a wedding florist. If the florist’s service and work come highly recommended, chances are they will do a good job for you. Do your research by going to bridal shows and looking at online pictures from each store’s web site and look around their shop. Try to answer the following questions:

  • Do you like the arrangements that you see in the shop’s displays?
    Do the flowers in the pictures look fresh or are the petal edges brown?
    Are the pictures dated or are they following the current trends?
    Is the designer willing to work with you or are they telling you that your idea won’t work?
  • Make sure you speak to the florist that will do your arrangements.
  • Do you feel comfortable with your florist?
  • Is your florist paying attention to you while you’re talking and does he/she seem interested?

When To Book Your Florist
Six months before your wedding is a good time to start your search. Book your florist approximately four months before your wedding date. You need to have your reception and ceremony sites picked out before you can hire a florist because you’ll need to know how many arrangements you’ll need and that the colors you pick don’t clash with the colors of your venue. You’ll also need to know what color your bridesmaids’ dresses are.

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