Last month we planned The Knot's annual wedding industry party. The Knot wanted to partner with North New Jersey-based wedding professionals to created a chic, green evening designed with less eco-impact in mind. This event invited local wedding professionals to be the guests, share ideas, and network with their peers while highlighting one of the industry’s largest growing trends in weddings: going green.
We would like to extend a huge THANK YOU to our partners in the industry who helped us produce this great event:
· Venue/Catering – The Olde Mill Inn
· Floral Decor – Santos Florist
· Lounge Furniture/Linens – Jersey Street Furniture
· Entertainment – Craig Scott Entertainment
· Cake – Pink Cake Box
· Photography – Magique Studios
· Lighting – Dynamite Fx
· Photo Booth – Party Booths
· Gourmet Coffee/Espresso Bar – Cupa Cabana
· Bar Mixers – Stirrings
· Floral/Leftover Rescue – The Special E
· Scent Machine - Scentevents
To help showcase go green ideas, our team of wedding professionals created a sophisticated rain forest themed environment using florals, decor and lighting. The event was held on Thursday, July 17 at The Olde Mill Inn. The Olde Mill Inn was a perfect choice of location given that the hotel is a member of the Green Hotels Association and is dedicated to providing their guests reduced allergen friendly accommodations for a healthier pollution free night sleep. They also create meals, whenever possible, using certified organic fruits and vegetables, purified water and natural grass fed meats that are free from chemicals and pesticides.
The room was decorated with live plants such as palm trees, ferns, and fichus trees and up lit in varying shades of green with LED lights which use less energy than traditional canister lighting. Custom lounge furniture was used to create a relaxed yet elegant feel while stimulating networking. Since the custom lounge furniture is refurbished and reupholstered for each unique event, instead of building all new furniture, this is another way to go green at an event.
A favorite of our guests was the tropical inspired signature drinks, which included a Pomegranate Acai Berry martini made with all natural Stirrings Pomegranate cocktail mix and Acai Berry juice which originates from the Amazon Rain Forest. Dessert featured a chocolate fountain, gourmet coffee/espresso bar, and a rain forest themed cake complete with bamboo, leopard print, orchids, and butterflies. Guests also enjoyed posing for fun pictures in the photo booth and listening to the smooth sounds of the Latin trio.
We also had some wonderful giveaways and heard from our client (The Knot) that they had never had such great giveaway and gift bag items. Thank you to those who provided these items:
Green giveaways included reusable tote gift bags filled with organic chocolates, all natural cocktail mixers, and plantable seeded paper favors. Other green giveaways included necklaces with an eco-friendly message, a purse made of 100% recycled juice boxes, and gift certificates to an organic spa and a stay in an allergen-free room at the Olde Mill Inn.
In order to minimize the event's carbon footprint, representatives of The Special E were present. The Special E is a unique "green" service that rescues leftovers from events and then recycles them in ways that help our planet and people in need. The Special E rescued the leftover food and floral arrangements from the event.
It was a fabulous evening with great networking, food, cocktails, giveaways, and entertainment all while providing ideas to be eco-friendly.
All the best,
Candice and the FT Team