Welcome back to #WeddingWednesday, our semi weekly column where we bring you wedding tips, tricks, crafts, interviews, and interesting Chicago wedding happenings. 

Considering a green wedding?  Eco-conscious weddings are on the rise – and why wouldn’t they be? Green weddings can be just as fabulous as conventional weddings, but without the waste and the expense.  Reduce your carbon footprint and save a few dollars in the process!  For every aspect of a wedding from the invitations to the flowers to the venue, there are eco-friendly options worth considering!  But how do you find said options?  How do you know if a vendor meets EPA standards?  Look no further than the upcoming Chicago Green Wedding Alliance show, Committed: An Avant-Garde Wedding Event, where you can explore many ways to greenify your wedding day!

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The Chicago Green Wedding Alliance encourages mindful weddings, commitment ceremonies, and social events by connecting a community of environmentally and socially responsible vendors with the conscious consumer.  The CGWA hosts many events each year for couples and vendors.  The Committed show is the CGWA’s biggest event of the year!

Did you know that Catalyst Ranch is one of three Event Space Vendors approved by the Chicago Green Wedding Alliance?  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency uses a 14 point checklist when considering meeting and conference space, and we are proud that Catalyst Ranch meets and exceeds all applicable standards!  Here are some of the highlights:

  • Our recycling program starts with our vintage Americana furniture, decor, and embellishments.
  • No wimpy disposable dinnerware here! We use ceramic plates and bowls, stainless steel forks, knives, and spoons, and our funky vintage coffee mugs and drinking glasses are the real deal.
  • Our entire lighting system is made up of LED lights, the industry standard in energy efficient and eco-friendly lighting!

Committed: An Avant-Garde Wedding Event


The Committed show will give couples a chance to really see what a green wedding can be by bringing a variety of eco-chic vendors to the gorgeous Greenhouse Loft.   All couples and their friends and family are welcome to meet vendors, enjoy tasty food, local libations, and listen to great music. Celebrate indie, local, and eco-designers at this one-of-a-kind eco-friendly wedding show.

The Ranch is just one of the eco-conscious vendors that will be the Committed show. All of the vendors  – from caterers to planners to photographers – are members of the Chicago Green Wedding Alliance.   For the most up-to-date list of participating vendors, click here!  For a fun afternoon and endless inspiration on planning the perfect green wedding, check out Committed!

The Details:

February 23, 2014

12 pm – 4 pm

Greenhouse Loft, 2545 West Diversey Ave. 2nd Floor

For complete details, visit the Official Committed Site.

Have an idea or tip about planning an eco-friendly wedding?  We want to hear about it the comments!