Mireya Navarro

New York Times Writer

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Archive for Green Vendors

Want untraditional? Try locally grown flowers…in the winter!

If you’re planning a winter wedding, you may want to check out the bounty at your nearest flower farm. The New York Times recently reported that the seasonal, pesticides-free movement that took over our groceries and restaurant food has spilled over to the commercial flower industry. Your bouquet and centerpieces may come in tones of […]

Wedding Planners Discover Green

I know. Even when you are set on a small wedding, the traditional to-do checklist has a way to insert itself into your planning. The venue. The invitations. The wedding website. The videographer. The flowers — and on and on and on. It’s enough to overwhelm any bride or groom. For those who see professional […]

Selling Green

A wedding industry trade magazine interviewed me a few days ago wanting to know how retailers could best appeal to eco-conscious couples.  The answer, these couples say, is simple: walk the walk. One of the biggest challenges consumers face in buying environmentally-sound products and services is how to tell the real green vendor from the greenwasher, those who make […]

Post-wedding sales

In these tough economic times, do not underestimate the reach of the online marketplace when you’re planning a wedding. A quick perusal of sites that facilitate the sale of wedding items (Craigslist, eBay, BravoBride and others) will yield not just the usual second-hand inventory but also brand new merchandise that may suddenly become available because […]

Go Local! (Or Maybe Not?)

One of the things couples are learning in trying to build green principles into their wedding plans is that there are often complex trade offs to be made, not black and white decisions. Take the question of sourcing. We often hear that buying local is best when deciding on food, flowers and other elements of […]

Sustainable Catering

“Back to Earth,”among the country’s first sustainable catering and events company, plans to open an affordable full-service organic restaurant in the summer. “Terrain” will be located at the David Brower Center in downtown Berkeley , Calif. , near the University of California campus, in the cradle of Chez Panisse Restaurant and the local-foods movement. The […]