We don’t want to sell you cheesy, out-dated, plastic junk
We don’t waste resources – including your time.
We absolutely love love.
Basically, we aren’t like the scores of other wedding shows out there.
Welcome to the Mid-Atlantic Green Wedding Showcase.
About the Show
Green doesn’t mean granola. Green also doesn’t mean inexperienced. We aren’t hippie-dippie and no one is wearing patchouli oil. We’re seasoned pros with a passion for what we do. Green doesn’t have to mean more expensive. Just because you’re eco-minded, you don’t need to part with more of your green.
We are on a mission to make weddings and other special events both magical and eco-friendly. The folks involved in this event believe in providing creative and artistic quality while maintaining social and environmental responsibility. We have a passion for saving the planet. One step at a time.
The 2010 Mid Atlantic Green Wedding Showcase was honored on April 10th 2011 to be a Capitol Award Nominee for the ISES International Special Events Society, Greater Washington DC Chapter, in the category of Conferene Tradeshow Planning.
What is a green wedding, anyway?
Weddings have a huge environmental and financial impact – and the larger the event, the more punch they pack. Considering there are more than 2 million weddings in the U.S. each year, the power of a wedding to change the world is significant.
A green wedding is simply a wedding for which the couple has made choices that limit the negative impact to the planet. It can be a little or a lot, because every aspect of your Big Day can be greener – from the invites to the flowers to the make-up – even your napkin choices can help save the planet!
A green wedding doesn’t mean compromising your dream day or having a wedding with no style. It means planning thoughtfully and knowing that every decision you make has the power to affect positive change for the future. What more can any couple ask for?
Greening your day – and your life – is a process. Every small step you make will help save the world.
Why a green wedding show?
Frustrated by the amount of waste we have seen at wedding shows, and events in general, the producers decided to band together and create the change they wanted to see in the industry.
We are here to tell you that green is chic, affordable and absolutely the way to go for your Big Day. We are the first wedding show in the area designed specifically to promote green, sustainable options for brides and grooms.
And we have initiatives of our own, too. We are putting on this wedding show and going virtual – including no paper tickets, posters or programs. Our website is running on wind energy.
We are proud of our green event. Here are the specific ways in which we have lowered the impact of The Mid Atlantic Green Wedding Showcase...
- Paper – We have online forms for our exhibitor application and exhibitor registration. Guest registration is online. The only paper we used to promote the event was via postcards made of 100% post consumer recycled paper with toxin-free toner using 100% wind power in a carbon neutral process. Our drink tickets are made of 100% post consumer content and can be composted. Our door prize tickets are from unused inventory and can be composted. We do not have a paper show guide. All exhibitor and sponsor information is posted to the web site. We do not have name badges. Attendees will wear wrist bands that are compostable, not recyclable. Our signage is very minimal and is printed on eco friendly paper with eco ink. Outdoor signs will be reused.
- Food and Beverage – We have asked our catering exhibitors to provide organic/local food samples and to use compostable disposables when serving food samples. Our green room for event staff and vendors will feature local, organic and vegan food and beverages served on compostable disposables. We are providing filtered water served in beverage towers.
- Waste Disposal – We will have zero waste stations that feature compost, recycling and landfill bins.
- Public Transportation – Attendees in the Washington, DC metro area are encouraged to take Metro. A complimentary shuttle from College Park Metro to the Riggs Alumni Center will be provided.
- Tables, Chairs and Exhibitor Booths – Perfect Settings is providing us with bamboo chairs for the Eco Fashion Show and linens for our tables. The plastic that covers the linens will be baled and recycled while the hangers will be reused.
- Eco Fashion Show – All dresses in the show are made of eco friendly fabrics, recycled or vintage. All jewelry in the show is made of fair trade or recycled stones and recycled metals and materials. All models are from the local Baltimore/Washington DC/Virginia area. Beauty and hair styling products are all natural and eco-friendly.
What exactly does “green” mean, anyhow?
Everyone throws around the word green nowadays. But really, what is green all about? Here are some simple definitions to help you understand the green movement and its lingo:
- Green – There is no legal definition of green, but we think of it as a lifestyle that reflects environmental and ethical awareness in your everyday choices
- Sustainable – The concept of sustainability has to do with meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs. To be sustainable, a product, service or resource should have minimal to zero negative effect, or even have a positive effect on the environment
- Reduce – The idea behind “reduce” is not to buy/use things you don’t need in the first place so there is less consumption and less waste overall. It can also mean using less of something – like using less paper at work.
- Reuse – Reuse means finding new uses for an item before recycling or discarding it.
- Recycle – Recycling is when materials are reprocessed into new, useful things. Most often, people think of curbside recycling for aluminum, glass and plastics, but paper, many fabrics and other materials can also be recycled.
- Biodegradable – Biodegradable refers to materials that will break down and decompose back into the eco-system. For example, wood is biodegradeable, while plastic is not.
- Organic – Generally, organic refers to plants (for food, drink, bath/beauty or clothing, etc.) that are grown without chemical/synthetic pesticides, herbicides or fertilizer, or use of genetically modified organisms. There are various levels of organic content in products that bear different labels, such as “100% USDA organic” or “contains organic ingredients.” Organic farming is considered healthier for both people and the planet.
- Renewable – This refers to resources on the planet that can regenerate (like bamboo) or have limitless energy potential, such as sunlight or wind
- Local – This is another term with no legal definition, but generally it refers to food or other goods made within a short distance of your town. Some sources say “local” means within 50 miles of you; others say local is within 8 hours of you. Many non-local foods, for example travel up to 1500 miles to reach your grocer. The basic idea is to support the economic area you live in and cut down on transportation of goods.
- Fair Trade – Fair trade is a system of exchange that promotes equitable partnerships for producers, communities, consumers and the environment. It protects farmers and artisans in third world countries and provides them with a living wage. Look for Fair Trade Certified labels on products like coffee, chocolate, sugar and rice.
- Vintage – Whether or not an item is vintage is often in the eye of the beholder and depends on their birth date. Generally, vintage means an item from another era. Some experts consider clothing and furniture from the 70’s and 80s vintage pieces; some do not; others say that vintage is something at least 15 years old and still in great shape. Often vintage pieces reflect something unique about the era they were made in.
Who we are
The producers, alphabetically…
Lori Hill – lori hill event productions, inc.
An environmentalist, Lori has been reducing, reusing and recycling since she was a kid growing up surrounded by Amish Farms in Lancaster County, PA, but seeing An Inconvenient Truth prompted her to make every facet of her work and home life as sustainable as possible.
A 13-year member of the International Special Events Society (ISES), Lori has served as president of the Greater Washington, DC chapter, was a member of the International Board of Governors and has been nominated for and won industry awards. In addition, she has appeared on TV and speaks frequently about green meetings and events as well as greening your business operations and personal life.
A member of the Chesapeake Climate Action Network (CCAN), Lori has jumped into the icy waters of the Chesapeake Bay for the past two winters to raise awareness about, and thousands of dollars for, the fight against climate change.
A life-long Terp, Lori is a graduate of the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland (see if you can find her name on the wall in the Wasmer Rotunda at the Riggs Alumni Center) and a graduate of The Event Management Program at The George Washington University.
She looks forward to the day when we no longer have a need for the term “green events” because all events WILL be green.
Nathaniel – balance photography
Nathaniel’s love of nature is home-grown. He grew up with parents who own an environmental engineering firm and was raised on farmland that has been in the family for generations. As a boy, he spent all his time outdoors and was active as a Boy Scout, finally helping to build a nature trail and attaining the rank of Eagle Scout. Though Nathaniel’s main passion is photography, he is also a certified environmental tech. He has documented and worked on projects involving groundwater clean-up and done river studies. At home, Nathaniel is an avid organic gardener and raises a good deal of Rissa's and his food and loads of fresh flowers. Rissa always has pretty bouquets around the house and office.
Professionally, Nathaniel has been taking pictures since he could crawl. Literally. He is the grandson of photojournalism legend Jack Corn, and truly loves creating beautiful pictures for people. Nathaniel’s current professional memberships include PPA and NPPA, and he is the official photographer for the Greater Catonsville Chamber of Commerce.
Rissa – balance photography
Rissa’s passion for the environment began as a teenager, when she started the Eco Club at her high school in Pennsylvania and volunteered with the Save the Bay Foundation in Maryland. Her green efforts include keeping home, office and community as eco-friendly as possible and she is a strong believer that small steps can help make huge strides.
As a photographer, she is a former award-winning Baltimore Sun editor and has worked for numerous other publications. What she loves about photography is its ability to freeze time – to take a fraction of a second and hold it forever. She is hopeful that the efforts of photographers everywhere who are documenting the effects of climate change on land, plants, animals and people will lead to small and large efforts to help save our beautiful planet.