Eco-Friendly Wedding Venues in New Orleans

The beautiful city of New Orleans is a place you will not forget in a hurry, and even more so if you decide to get married there! The unique and distinctive French quarter makes an amazing backdrop for your photos and the hotel is packed with potential venues for an eco-friendly wedding.

Hotel Monteleone

If you are looking for a wedding venue with a very strong commitment to green issues and sustainability then the Hotel Monteleone is the perfect choice. The hotel ensures that all staff have full training on sustainability and eco-friendly policies are continually reviewed and assessed. Half of the hotel’s lighting is energy efficient and the toilets in the hotel all use less water than standard toilets. All cleaning supplies are eco-friendly and there is a linen and towel re-use program. Paper used at the hotel is recycled and there is a Green Committee to develop the hotel’s environmentally-friendly policies.

If you want to get married at the Hotel Monteleone then you can choose from a rooftop venue or the Queen Anne Ballroom. The hotel prides itself on attention to detail and if you want to have an environmentally-friendly wedding day the staff will do everything it can to ensure that this happens. The French Quarter location is also a big draw for those who want to have a wedding here.

W New Orleans – French Quarter

If you choose to have your wedding at the W New Orleans French Quarter hotel, there is a reward system for any day you do not use the housekeeping service. 500 Starwood Preferred Guest Starpoints will be added to your account for you to use off future stays at the hotel chain. You can arrange this when you check in to the hotel. The aim is to reduce the amount of water and energy that is used throughout the hotel.

The hotel offers a number of impressive suites where you can hold your wedding and reception and the staff can help you to organize your big day so that every aspect of it suits you.

Hampton Inn Hotels & Suites New Orleans

Hold your wedding at the very eco-friendly Hampton Inn Hotels & Suites in the city. New environmentally-friendly initiatives are being implemented at the hotel all the time and they currently include a linen reuse program, the use of green cleaning products, a strong recycling program, eco-friendly fixtures and fittings, the use of local produce where possible and a number of energy-saving initiatives.  The hotel’s ballroom can accommodate up to 450 guests and the historic venue means a great backdrop for your photos. There is a wedding coordinator on site and there are discounts on rooms for your guests.

The city of New Orleans is a unique place and it is good to know that getting married there does not mean that you have to compromise on your eco-friendly principles.

Track Down that Eco-Friendly Wedding Dress

It is very easy to say you want an eco-friendly wedding dress, but sometimes they are not that easy to find. So where do you start looking?

Sustainable designers

You don’t always have to visit a bridal boutique to get a great dress. You can go direct to some designers, particularly those that work to sustainable principles. You can rent or buy samples from them and some will ship samples out if you cannot get to their own boutique, which makes it easier to buy from a greener designer based further away from your home. Consider a designer such as Magnolia, an eco-friendly designer based in Vancouver that uses fabrics such as organic cotton and Indian silk. Alternatively, take a look at the gowns made by Celia Grace, a Cambodian label that uses fair trade locally-produced silk that is pesticide and antibiotic-free.

Conventional boutiques

There are some conventional shops that sell eco-friendly wedding gowns but you will need to ask and be specific. Not all sales people are going to know all about the gowns they are selling. Find out where they are made, what materials are used and if they are organic or fair trade.  However, this could be a costlier option so you will need to factor this in.

Go used / vintage

You can easily rent or buy a ‘preloved’ dress. Vintage dresses are some of the most beautiful gowns around and there is nothing in wedding etiquette that says your dress has to be brand new. How many people have worn the same dress that their mother or grandmother wore? Vintage is not just a modern trend, people have been doing this for decades without realizing that they were helping the environment a little. You can even try to find a gown at a thrift store – some now have whole wedding sections that have developed as a result of more and more people turning to pre-owned outfits for their special day. Nobody thinks twice about the groom renting a suit for the day, so why shouldn’t the bride get her outfit the same way?

Let the internet guide the way!

The first place anybody turns to for information these days is the internet and it will only take a few minutes to carry out a search for an eco-friendly wedding dress. Sites such as Etsy are filled with vintage items but the downside is that some sellers will not offer a return policy, so you are taking a chance with the fit and style – you may not like it as much when it arrives! However, there are some great bargains to be found and there is no reason why you cannot find your dream dress this way.

No matter what style of gown you like, there is an eco-friendly option out there that will suit you and you can enjoy your wedding day knowing that you haven’t done any damage to the planet.