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Green Weddings: Food Focus

24 Nov

As described in THIS article by wedding guru Blake Krizberg, “green” or ecological weddings are the latest trend in tying the knot. Averaging around $20,000, putting the word “green” in front of “wedding” seems to be an oxymoron, but there are tons of way to reduce a wedding’s ecological impact (and save some money at the same time!). Planet Green lists cutting down the guest list as the primary way to go green on the big day, but by using local vendors, “going green” can occur in even the littlest wedding details. With Thanksgiving right around the corner, we’ll focus on ways to make sure your wedding day feast is eco-chic!

The two main qualifiers for green cuisine are ORGANIC and LOCAL. While “organic” ensures no environmentally-harmful chemicals have been used in the processing of the food, “local” eliminates carbon-emitting shipping of the food from foreign and cross-country locales. Together, these two make for a delicious and eco-friendly cuisine. As the green movement has swept the country in recent years, finding caterers who use only organic and local ingredients is getting increasingly easier. Here’s a list of some of our favorite green caterers right here in Boston—and be sure to visit their websites, as all have mouth-watering sample menus!

  • Ariadne Catering Consider the roast lamb–it was featured in Boston Globe Magazine.
  • The Catered Affair I can personally recommend the delicious cuisine provided by The Catered Affair as I was just at a Boston Public Library event catered by them. (The artichoke-stuffed ravioli was amazing!)
  • Season to Taste Catering A Boston.Com’s Best of Boston 2010 award-winner.
  • Tables of Content Catering 2010 winner of The Improper Bostonian’s Boston’s Best.


Want to know how “green” your wedding knowledge is? Take this fun quiz from Planet Green: Green Wedding Quiz. I scored 78% correct, can you beat me?



Small Business Saturday

23 Nov

When it comes to holiday shopping, Thanksgiving marks the calm before the storm. And now added to the lineup of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, when malls and websites across the country explode with shoppers, comes Small Business Saturday, falling on November 27 this year. Joining New York and other major cities in this nationwide campaign, Mayor Thomas M. Menino announced that Boston would join in on Small Business Saturday, a movement to drive shopping dollars to local merchants.



So on this upcoming shopping weekend of epic proportions, where should you go for your wedding day necessities? We’ve put together a list of some of our favorite wedding vendors in the Boston area—and of course there’s no need to wait until Cyber Monday to visit us at Bridesmaid Trade!

  • Allure Invitations From custom invitations and announcements to personalized wedding gifts and stationery, Allure Invitations offers beautiful wedding necessities.
  • Cakes for Occasions Based in Danvers, Cakes for Occasions is the perfect destination for your wedding or shower cake. From elaborate to simple to a fun cupcake cake, your wedding dessert dreams will be realized here!
  • Chive Sustainable Event Design & Catering A big shout out to the savvy women at Chive! Building off of relationships with local farmers, fishermen, and artisans, Chive uses local food and sustainable materials to put on beautiful events all while supporting the Boston community and environment.
  • Invitations & Company Specializing in invitations, but also providing place cards, programs, thank you cards, and more, be sure to check out Invitations & Company!
  • Jeri Solomon Floral Design For your wedding day flower needs, look no further than Jeri Solomon Floral Design. Run by a founding member of the Boston Wedding Group, this Boston florist is the perfect person to trust with the big day’s flower arrangements.
  • L’elite Voted a Best of Boston four years in a row, L’elite Bridal Boutique is your go-to for wedding gowns and accessories. Make sure to visit this boutique on Small Business Saturday to take advantage of their Thanksgiving Sale Event—20% off gowns!
  • On Centre No matter who’s on your list — bridesmaids, future-mother-in-law, flower girl — “On Centre” in Jamaica Plain has you covered. The recently-expanded Centre St. favorite offers jewelry, wallets and handbags, fragrances, and beautiful gifts galore.  636 Centre St., Jamaica Plain, 617.522.2255.
  • Shoes To Dye For Located in Natick, but also featuring a convenient online store, Shoes to Dye For specialized in dyeable bridal shoes. With tons of styles to choose from, as well as dyeable evening bags and accessories to match, this store is simply to “dye” for!
  • Smudge Ink Over in Charlestown, Kate, Deb, and the Smudge Ink team offer beautiful custom design and printing for save-the-dates and invites.  Elegant with just a touch of whimsy, announcements from Smudge Ink are sure to impress.  Contact Smudge Ink directly for custom orders, or look for their work at select Boston stationery stores in your neighborhood.
  • Table Artistry Located at 1514 Beacon Street in Brookline, Table Artistry is the perfect destination for your table décor needs. Offering table numbers, menus, place cards, artistic napkin folds, centerpieces, and everything in between, your wedding table arrangements will look gorgeous in the hands of Table Artistry!

For more information on Small Business Saturday, check out the campaign’s Facebook page. Backed by American Express, there are several incentives for joining the movement (even beyond the fact that small businesses create jobs and boost the economy!). Registered American Express card members who shop at a small business this Saturday will receive a $25 statement credit and participating small businesses can benefit from free advertising and promotional tools in the form of a $100 Facebook Advertising Program credit. So avoid that stampede of shoppers at Target and Best Buy this Black Friday—wait an extra day and support your favorite small businesses this Saturday!

Bachelorette Party Spotlight: Forget Hiring Dancers, Learn to Pole Dance Yourself!

23 Oct

What better way to guarantee a bachelorette party full of gut-busting laughs than to get the girls together for a group pole-dancing lesson? Once reserved for gentlemen’s clubs and Las Vegas, pole-dancing has become an increasingly mainstreamed fitness activity. Many dance studios now offer not only exercise classes centered around the pole, but pole-dancing parties for bachelorette groups, birthdays, and girls’ nights out. In fact, the growing popularity of spinnin’, twirlin’, and workin’ around the pole has led to the start of a petition to get pole-dancing made into an official Olympic event—yes, you read that correctly! And with the first annual American Pole Fitness Championships being held October 23,2010 (that’s today!), what better way to celebrate than with a group pole-dancing lesson bachelorette party!

Gyms and dance studios hosting such private party lessons can be found in major cities throughout the country, and there are two perfect options right here in Beantown! For $40/person, Gypsy Rose Dancing, located in Boston’s Back Bay, accommodates parties up to 24 participants and allows you to pick an hour and a half time slot anywhere from noon to midnight in order to accommodate both the tame bride-to-be, and the bachelorette who’s looking to take her newfound skill with her for a night on the town afterwards. Your party will learn “the supermodel strut,” along with a floor routine, three pole swings, and other exotic skills. Although the dance studio will provide you with the “proper” attire (short shorts and platform shoes are a must, ladies!), you can also opt to bring your own gear, which could be a fun opportunity for you and the girls to coordinate your most outlandish outfits for the occasion. At the end of the night, the bride-to-be will receive an official certificate stating that she is now an “Official Exotic Dancer”—a title that we’re sure her fiancé will support!

Depending on your location, SuperShag Dance Studios in Charlestown is another Boston outlet for a group pole dancing party. If you’re on a budget and have a large number of ladies attending the bachelorette party, this is a great option. They offer a flat rate of $250 or $300 (depending on the day), so the more ladies, the lower the cost per person! And it will be well worth it to see your favorite girls try their hand at working the pole—we’re willing to bet there are some hidden talents in the group waiting to be revealed! (And if not, you’re in for double the laughs—it’s a win-win for all.)

As if further convincing were even needed, it was recently reported by M&C News that former super model and icon Cindy Crawford says that one of her secrets to keeping her marriage “red hot” is by taking pole-dancing classes. So what better way to send off your favorite girl into the married life than with some new exotic dance skills?