Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Eco-Posh Events: The Eco-Friendly Event Planners

I absolutely love connecting with new vendors in Michigan and learning about all the different talent across the state! Erika Piquant of Eco-Posh Events in Troy can definitely do it all! Any event planning service that strives to make weddings as "green" as possible and dedicates their time to helping the environment, is definitely worth sharing. A big thank you to Erika for taking the time to share their services with Wed Michigan!

What is your favorite part about living in Michigan?
My favorite part about living in Michigan is... the guaranteed snow on Christmas. This past winter was the first time my daughter was able to play in the snow. It was an absolute joy seeing her experience the cold, white stuff. We plan on taking her to Frankenmuth this holiday season for an experience every Michigan child should have.

How can brides incorporate a few "green" details into their weddings?
I can write a book (literally) about how to incorporate "green" details into a wedding. Instead of offering up a dissertation I'll limit myself to two suggestions.

Stationery- There are tons of eco-fabulous options for earth-friendly invitations, place cards, programs, menu cards, ect... A bride/groom can choose from tree-free, post-consumer, or biodegradable products imbedded with seeds. I try to urge my brides to go further than using 30% recycled material and to cut back where they can. At a recent event, instead of having programs for each guest (which usually end up in the garbage) we framed an elaborate program surrounded by a soy candle arrangement and locally grown flower arrangements. Here is a link to one of my favorite vendors for stationery needs.

Facility/Caterer- To cut back on carbon admissions produced by an event we suggest having your ceremony and reception at the same location. If this isn't possible, book the two facilities as close as possible. A green facility that I absolutely adore is The Crofoot in Pontiac, Michigan. With a white tar roof to conserve on the use of energy and heating, dual flushing toilets, water free urinals (I promise it's sanitary), and the use of corn-based biodegradable cups (which believe it or not will biodegrade in two weeks). The Crofoot has more than taken a step in the right direction.

Most facilities that I have worked with have been willing to work with my eco-chic brides by using locally grown produce and other food items or providing organic or locally brewed beers. Keep in mind that organic items don't necessarily lack in taste. Often times they taste better. ;)

What are some of your current favorite wedding trends?
Some of my favorite wedding trends are photojournalist-style photography, and daring color combinations such as Peacock Blue + Gold, Pink + Gold, Tiffany Blue + Red, and Aqua + Orange.

What is your most memorable moment from a recent wedding you've planed?
Typically I don't dance at my events, but a recent couple called me out to join them and we "cha-cha slid" the night away!

What are some of your favorite reception venues in the Detroit-Area?
I love unique and interesting venues with character. Here are a few of my favorites:

The Westin's Garden Room Atrium
The Crofoot
The MOCAD (Museum of Contemporary Arts)
The DIA (Detroit Institute of Art)
Walden Woods Resort and Conference Center
The Gandy Dancer

You can visit the Eco-Posh Blog here, and please remember to GO GREEN!

{Photo 1 and 5 by Silver Thumb Photography, Photo 2 by Wendy Torello Photography, Photo 3 by Lennon Photography, Photo 4 by Sukh Decorations}

1 comment:

Erika said...

Wow! What a great company (lol :)