BRIDES Chicago: Eco-Friendly Vendors for the Green Bride

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They may already have their something blue, but in 2016, many brides are on the lookout for that something green. Luckily, finding wedding vendors that employ sustainable practices is easier than ever, especially in Chicago — where eco-conscious couples can incorporate earth-friendly touches into everything from their menu to their gown. Here are a few of our favorites.

Venue: Greenhouse Loft (Above)
It says it right there in the name: this sleek event space in Logan Square makes sustainability its top priority. Brides and grooms who feel the same way will appreciate the venue's Platinum LEED-certified building, eco-friendly utensils, locally-sourced food, and on-site compost and recycling systems. Read real brides' reviews here!

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Details: The Great Wedding Recyclery at Loft on Lake
For the last few years, the Chicago Green Wedding Alliance and Loft on Lake have hosted this event that lets couples reuse and recycle by reselling DIY décor, accessories, and other wedding details they're no longer using to couples planning their nuptials. This year's event date, typically held around Earth Day in April, is still being determined, but organizers say the sale has been so popular, they're considering adding a fall event this year as well! Read real brides' reviews here!

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Clothing: Dame Couture
Vintage fabrics and details make this Evanston-based custom-bridal boutique stand out for its unique gowns and commitment to reuse. Consider your "something old" checked off the list with one of their beautiful dresses or veils. Read real brides' reviews here!

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Catering: Big Delicious Planet
BDP became the first caterer in the country to be named a 4-star-certified green restaurant by the Green Restaurant Association in 2013, and it's no wonder why. The West Town-based company composts all food scraps and biodegradable paper goods from its events, donates used vegetable oil to a biodiesel service, and operates its own urban farm — among other progressive green practices.

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Florist: Fab Flora
Arrangements from this Logan Square florist shop use local blooms to reduce shipping energy. The florals come delivered in a fuel-efficient vehicle, and all scraps are composted. Owner and head designer Jodi Foreman also offers brides tips on being greener on her website — such as requesting flowers that are in season or planning your wedding date around when the flowers you want will be. Read real brides' reviews here!

Want to see more Chicago vendors? Check out our Chicago Vendors page to find your wedding dream team!

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