With the emergence of all things green, some are left to wonder how to incorporate eco-consciousness into the fabric of their lives. For many, the decision to make eco-friendly choices is directly affected by the effort necessary to make a contribution. In a result oriented society, some find it difficult to make decisions which, by themselves, seem insignificant. Weddings and events offer the ideal opportunity make a contribution with minimal effort. In the special event / wedding design industry, this budding concept has been widely embraced.
With nearly 2.3 million weddings projected nationwide in 2007, many small contributions can clearly make a significant impact. One popular choice being made by Chicago brides is the use of recycled glass vases. Recycled glass vases, often used for centerpieces and wedding reception décor, are widely available in hundreds of forms, shapes and colors to accommodate a wide range of style and budget needs. Recycled glass bowls, bottles or platters paired with seasonal organic, hand picked or locally grown floral can add the perfect finishing touch to any holiday table. Growers of organic and transitional organic flowers, once overshadowed by the more abundant organic produce growers, now make available an ever expanding selection of “green” botanicals to complete your eco-friendly design without compromising style. From Roses to Calla Lilies, rustic to formal, eco-friendly floral selections are more readily available than ever.
Recycled glass vases can be recycled an infinite number of times without loss of quality, require considerably less energy to process and conserve natural resources. Recycling a single glass vase saves enough energy to operate a television for 90 minutes. To put this in perspective, if each 2007 wedding chooses to recycle just one vase, enough energy would be saved to operate a single television continuously for nearly 400 years.
Whether planning an elaborate wedding or simply sending a floral arrangement to someone special, making eco-friendly choices is easier than you might think.
For more information on recycled glass vases and organic flowers for your next event call Flowers with Feeling at 312-829-1141 or visit them online at http://www.flowerswithfeeling.com/.
“Customers who visit Flowers With Feeling’s website, www.flowerswithfeeling.com, get to see more than run-of-the-mill bouquets and contact information. For more than a year, owners Jeff and Tammy Warden have been turning to video to promote their Chicago store, a move that has helped them better educate their customers, improve their search engine results and have a little fun.
‘The intention we had was to do videos periodicly-to choose an event, wedding, and to show it from start to finish,’ Jeff says. “It’s a promotional tool and it has broad wide reach and broad interest.’
After they shoot a video, the couple uploads the file to a third party host, such as Yahho Video ( http://www.video.search.yahoo.com) or Revver, and imbeds the file in their site after “tagging” the video with pertinent key words such as “Chicago”, “wedding” or “centerpieces.” To reach a wider audience, they also post the videos to http://www.YouTube.com.
‘When people find our videos online, it’s a way us to introduce them to our shop,” Jeff explains. ‘Our physical location is off the beaten path. Through the videos, we’re trying to generate cyber foot traffic. We want people to press their noses to our window, virtual and otherwise.’
So far the Wardens have created three videos, including a behind-the-scenes look at a wedding at the Drake Hotel. In the future, they would like to post videos weekly, on a wide range of topics.
People tell us they like them, and every time we post a video our web site traffic goes up.”
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Preview Cafe Brauer Chicago (click video below), a character rich wedding and special event venue in Chicago’s near north Lincoln Park Neighborhood. Floral designs by Flowers With Feeling, Inc. Chicago (www.flowerswithfeeling.com) .
Q. What are the balls of flowers called in this photo?
A. The ball of flowers is referred to as a “pomander ball” from the French word pomme dambre. Pomander balls originated in the middle ages and were hung from a neck chains or carried in a vase. These fragrant objects were used to ward off infection or to mask foul smells and often contained perfumes such as musk or civit. Today, pomander balls have evolved into a sleak contemporary componant in many weddings and special events most commonly carried by a ribbon by flower girls and bridal party attendants. The pomander balls pictured in the photo appear to have been constructed using Daisies which are both cost effective relatively durable. The design process is a bit tedious and labor intensive but well worth the end result. “Urban Bride” mentions the possibility of floating pomander balls in a pool. Be careful, if designed in standard Oasis floral foam, they will sink. Try using a circular piece of foliage covered styrofoam with the pomander ball seated atop. Depending on the size of the styrofoam “float”, candles can be added for warmth and ambiance to any poolside evening event.
In an increasingly eco-conscious society, special events are following suit by going green. In contrast to many overtly themed events, green theme events can be somewhat more subtle but no less engaging for partygoers. Green events are more about creating a socially conscious undertone, a common thread that begins with the invitations and ends with the parting favor. Read Sara Snow’s post “After the Green Wedding” for an excellent example. One increasingly popular component to Chicago area “green events” is organic or transitional organic Veriflora certified floral products.
Most associate “organic’ with food products, but many flower farms are transitioning to crop production practices that build soil fertility and control pests without the use of dangerous farm chemicals. The approach, however, extends beyond the field including improved working conditions, storage, packaging and transportation techniques.
The QAI Certification Program is designed to certify every step of the organic chain: from the land on which the product is grown; to the producers growing the product; to the post-harvest facilities preparing the product; to the processing and handling facilities transforming the product. This includes the use of sustainable farming techniques that rely on natural systems of production, pest management, and weed and fungal control, such as: cover cropping, composting, beneficial insect release, crop rotation, and prohibited use of genetically modified organisms (GMOs). It also prohibits the use of toxic and persistent chemicals commonly found in industrial pesticides, herbicides, and fungicides. The purpose of organic agriculture is to enrich the soil, minimize damage to ecosystems, conserve biodiversity, and maintain environmental quality.
Flowers With Feeling, Inc. offers the finest floral products sourced from growers that are committed to the highest social and environmental standards. Our certified floral selections are grown and harvested using practices that aim to improve the quality of farm working conditions, minimize damage to ecosystems, conserve biodiversity, and enhance environmental quality for future generations.
We all love candlelight, right? It’s romantic. It makes us look younger and more beautiful. Team it with the right bottle of wine and anything can happen… Now we can team our love affair with candlelight with our love for the environment. Thanks to nature’s cute, little soybean, there are many candles on the market for environmentally conscious consumers.
Unlike paraffin wax based candles, 100% soy candles burn cleaner. They don’t produce the soot residue and carcinogens that you find with paraffin wax and they are made with cotton wicks rather than lead. This healthier alternative will keep the air in your home as well as your walls, ceiling and furniture cleaner.
Consumers also have the added benefit of knowing that they can help support the American farmer. Consumers can purchase candles made from soybeans harvested right here in the Midwest, grown by farmers in America’s heartland.
So the next time you’re thinking of adding a little romantic ambiance with some candlelight, share the love with mother earth and light a soy candle.
Consider using soy candles for your next green event. What could be greener?
Flowers with Feeling, Inc. is proud to have been selected to provide floral services for the 90th Annual Lions Clubs International Convention 2007 held at various locations throughout Chicago. Since 1917, Lions Clubs International has fulfilled the needs of communities in need throughout the world. For more information about Lions Clubs International visit www.lionsclubs.org.
Flowers With Feeling has provided floral and plant rental services to many of Chicago’s best known conventions groups since 1986. Lions Clubs International Convention brought together 18,000 members for a week of meetings and events at locations throughout the city including McCormick Place, United Center, Sheraton Chicago Hotel, Oakbrook Bath and Tennis Club and Hyatt Regency McCormick Place. Floral decor requirements ranged from casual to formal for groups of 70 to more than 1800 and incorporated a wide range of design styles, color pallettes and floral selections. For more information about Flowers With Feeling convention services or to schedule an appointment, please visit www.flowerswithfeeling.com or call 312-829-1141.