How did the Recycled Wedding Market come about?
The idea for the Recycled Wedding Market grew from discussions of Sustainable Tallahassee’s Three R’s (Reduce, Reuse and Recycle) committee. The Three R’s committee is committed to minimizing solid waste disposal through prevention and reduction while increasing reuse and recycling. Several committee members looking for ways to reduce the environmental impact of local weddings brought the concept of the Recycled Wedding Market back to their respective businesses. From there, the idea took off and the committee decided to launch the event.
What do you want visitors and locals to know about the Recycled Wedding Market that they may not already know?
The Recycled Wedding Market is a fundraiser for Sustainable Tallahassee. Accordingly, although sellers keep 100% of the money from the items they sell, all entrance and registration fees go to Sustainable Tallahassee. In addition, the Recycled Wedding Market is provided by Aveda Institute Tallahassee, Social Catering and Events, and Green Party Events – all of whom are committed to reducing the environmental impact of Tallahassee weddings. And the event is proud to partner with media sponsor Northwest Florida Weddings Magazine.
What brings people to the recycled wedding market?
The Recycled Wedding Market is an upscale flea market – of sorts – for all things wedding related. For newly-married couples, the event is an opportunity to recoup some of their wedding costs by selling their gently used wedding items. For recently-engaged couples searching for bargains or a way to make their wedding a little less wasteful, the Recycled Wedding Market is a chance to pick up needed items – from décor and linens to even a wedding dress – without paying the full retail price. The event also features professional wedding vendors and artisans, so it reduces the stress and carbon footprint of wedding planning by offering a one-stop shop.
While the practice of reusing wedding items is by no means novel, the vision of the Recycled Wedding Market is completely on trend, as use of vintage, repurposed and DYI wedding items is taking the spotlight. Couples increasingly are looking for stylish upcycled items like window panes, furniture pieces and doors, as well as mismatched china, eclectic vases, and vintage linens. Getting these items easily and inexpensively, however, can be a challenge. Online resources often require a shipping fee and don’t allow for the opportunity to see, touch, smell and inspect the item before purchasing. And even if a couple does find the used items locally through Craigslist, a thrift shop, or a nearby buy-and-sell group, there can still be a good deal of transportation and coordination involved.
What’s next for the recycled wedding market?
After all of the planning, what’s up next for the he Recycled Wedding Market is the event itself! The Recycled Wedding Market takes place from 12 – 3 pm on Sunday, February 25, 2018, at the Aveda Institute Tallahassee on Pensacola Street. Tickets can be purchased at a discount at: https://www.eventbrite.com/myevent?eid=38887009091 and they also will be sold at the door. If you are interested in selling wedding items, consigning your wedding dress, or for further information, go to: http://www.greenpartyevents.com/recycled-wedding-market.html
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Eco-friendly, smart, unique, impactful, fantastic