Spring is almost here, which means so is wedding season. We talk wedding cakes, flowers, Alicia Silverstone's wedding -- and being green AND saving money with Tracy DiNunzio, who after her own wedding (yep, that's Tracy pictured) was inspired to launch RecycledBride.
MindBodyGreen: What is Recycled Bride?
Tracy DiNunzio: We are the first eco-friendly wedding resale website. We connect buyers and sellers of pre-owned wedding items -- everything from wedding dresses and accessories to bridesmaids shoes, decor, and more.
MBG: What's easy (and green) when planning your wedding?
TD: Having your wedding at a location that's close to where most of your guests live is the most significant thing you can do because it cuts down on transport, and therefore carbon. And it actually makes life easier for everyone!
MBG: I like the sound of that! What about the menu?
TD: Incorporating more plant-based options is always a good way to go. Most weddings offer an entree choice, and it's best to make at least one of those options a pasta or vegetable-based meal. The more that you can incorporate organic and locally sourced foods, the better.
MBG: Speaking of a plant based menu, someone who's a fan of your site is Alicia Silverstone -- can you tell us about what she did for her wedding?
TD: Alicia had an all vegan wedding, and everyone just loved the food -- especially the meat-eaters, who were surprised at how tasty it was. Instead of cut flowers, she used onions, sage, and vintage carafes of wine for centerpieces.
MBG: Wedding dresses can be expensive. What's a way people can save money on a dress and be greener at the same time?
TD: You can save a lot of money by buying a pre-owned dress. Most of the wedding dresses on Recycled Bride are at least half the retail price -- and it's greener than buying a newly produced, manufactured, and transported dress.
MBG: If someone is interested in buying a pre-owned dress, what questions should they ask?
TD: Find out the seller's exact measurements! You can always make a dress smaller, but you can't make it bigger.
MBG: What's the coolest wedding cake you've seen?
TD: I tend to like more unusual, edgy styles. I love this Van Gogh-style cake by Love Street Cakes, where the frosting has the texture of oil paint. And this dulce de leche cake by Momofuku Milk Bar has an appealingly deconstructionist feel. It's cool because it's naked -- no frosting, no fuss. (Both pictured below).