Portovert Debuts

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Back in the beginning of December, I mentioned that a new online-only wedding magazine would be debuting in January. Well, Portovert is up and running, and it looks like they have some great content going on in their premiere issue!

If you are getting married, or know someone who is, check it out as there are some great features, like “5 Ways to Be Greener” during your nuptuals, and “Perfectly Zen” with tips for stress reducers prior to the Big Day. And don’t forget to check out their resources page, which they’ll be adding to as time goes on.

I attended the magazine’s launch party last week and there was all sorts of mainstream media there covering it (and eating awesome organic munchies, along with organic wine and vodka- Yum!). The wedding industry is so insanely waste-producing in so many ways that it’s great to see a publication dedicated to going green. Just think, if your average to-be-married couple just did half their wedding in an eco-concious way I’m sure they would save money (I say spend it on the Honeymoon!) and use fewer resources.

My Top 5 Wedding Planet- and Pocket- Savers

1. Request stuff you actually need and will use for wedding presents (duh!). If you are requesting linens, go organic (there are soooo many companies that offer organic sheets and towels now, in gorgeous colors and prints that rival anything you’d find in a department store or Pottery Barn). If you do need cookware, go for the good stuff that will last you a lifetime (I’m still using pots my grandmother got at her second wedding in the 60’s). If you are already pretty set with stuff, ask friends to give to your favorite charity/animal advocacy group/women’s shelter/environmental organization.

2. If you travel for your Honeymoon, buy carbon offsets for your plane trip (Mental note: that would be a great gift!) and stay at one of the many eco-lodges around the world. A honeymoon is a great excuse to go somewhere exotic….just don’t get so blissed out with your honey that your forget the gorgeous planet that you’re enjoying!

3. Consider only serving organic food or organic alcohol at your reception. If you can afford it, do both. If you have a summer or fall wedding, you should be able to find the bulk of the food at the farmer’s market. Going local will be delicious, cheaper, healthier and better for the planet. Using locally-grown flowers to decorate is also cheaper and Earth-friendly.

4. Skip the goody bags filled with junk-nobody needs. it. Or try giving away seed packets or soap– something that won’t end up in a landfill.

5. If you are going to get a diamond ring and gold or platinum band, look for certified non-conflict gems (ask the jeweler to see the paperwork, they’re obliged to show them to you) and recycled metals, or better yet, go vintage! (For Eco Chick’s coverage of diamonds, click here and here.)

About Starre Vartan
Starre Vartan is editor-in-chief of Eco-Chick.com and the author of the Eco-Chick Guide to Life.

4 Comments

  1. Funny you should post this as tomorrow is my anniversary (1/24/03). I had a pretty much eco-wedding, also a low-budget one that was featured as the “bargain” wedding in Philadelphia’s Elegant Wedding magazine. It was amazing to see my little number — held in my living room, and then we went out to dinner at a restaurant that serves local/organic food– next to the ceremonies of couples who spent close to $60K on theirs!

    I want to add a criterion for a green wedding. If you buy a new dress/suit for the event, make sure it’s something you can wear again. IE reuse!! I selected a blue velvet dress that I’ve worn a number of times since, like to the symphony.

  2. Good post Starre! Another wedding registry tip… ask your married buddies what they actually use from their wedding registry. If I could do it all over again my registry would look completely different than it did four years ago. Yes: spatulas, a good tea pot, lots of organic linens. No: kitchen gadgets I thought I’d use, 1,000 pieces of glassware. Hindsight’s 20/20….

    Oh yeah, don’t get teflon covered pans either… ;)

  3. Thanks for the wonderful tip, what a great magazine launch.
    how about these other ideas for well being and cozy home:

    french press
    wine of the month
    flowers of the month
    music selections
    organic towels
    glass storage containers not tupperware
    beeswax candles
    and I have to agree organic linens!!

  4. Right on about the low key wedding stuff. Of course, I’m not married, but it always seemed to me that if you really dig this person that you’re gonna spend the rest of your life with, then you probably don’t need all the nutso distractions and bombast in order to convince yourself that it’s perfect.

    As for the honeymoon, you could also nix the eco lodge altogether and stay in a tent. A few years back I read about a couple that spent their wedding night in a tent on a cliff somewhere and I remember thinking, “Wow, I wanna be a part of THAT marriage” (joking).

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