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Vancity Vendor – Green Chair Events

May 6th, 2011 by Jeannine

 
Green Chair Events

One rainy afternoon, I ventured out to Vancouver to meet Liliana Segal, Chief Green Officer of Green Chair Events, an environmentally conscious event planning company. They offer full wedding planning for all budgets, day of coordination, and decor rentals. They even have waste management solutions like compost and recycling bin rentals for events, all in an effort to minimize the amount of waste that goes into our landfills.

Liliana is the principal event planner for Green Chair Events. The company may only be 2 years young but Liliana has been in the planning business for the last 18 years. She is experienced in producing large lavish affairs to small intimate gatherings, all the while keeping the event sustainable. Weddings are a huge waste producer, from leftover food to decorations that are no longer needed. This company has made it their mission to reduce the environmental impact that weddings generate. In their warehouse, recycled or donated items are turned into something new and beautiful. They’ve transformed donated stained linens into new napkins, just the good parts :) The stained scraps, they used as filler for a prop they created. Old chandelier crystals were also re-purposed as ornaments for tree branch centrepieces. Earthy materials such as rock, crushed glass, sand, wood, and organic flowers are used frequently in their decorations.

Day of coordination services start around $250-450, depending on how much work is involved. Liliana will oversee the whole event, from start to finish, and will be ready for anything. She carries with her an emergency bridal kit, as well as extra linens and vases, even if she’s not providing the decor. All inquiries are welcome, no matter how small the budget, they’re willing to work with you to help make your dream day become a reality. Their rental inventory includes linens, chair covers, sashes, silk flowers, chairs, tables, and fabric backdrops, among others. For those wanting a specific look, they aren’t limited to their own inventory. Special requests will be accommodated to the best of their ability, as long as it can be done in an environmentally friendly way.

Green Chair Events is so passionate about the environment (even their business cards are eco-friendly) that they are willing to share their knowledge with you. They hold informational workshops and give training opportunities on how to hold a green event, if you choose to plan it yourself. Even if you have just one simple question, give them a call, and they will be happy to help you!

For a look inside Green Chair Events’ warehouse, click here.

A Few Words With Liliana…

How do you accommodate brides with lower budgets?
“We take care of everybody here. We believe that everybody should celebrate with dignity. A young couple that’s just starting life shouldn’t be going to a bank to start borrowing money right away and start paying back. We have the resources here and we make sure that every bride can work with her budget. Some brides come here with hardly any budget, whatever they have, we totally try to accommodate them. For us, we usually go far beyond what is expected because not only is it our reputation but because we really want to do a good job. We’re passionate about this.”

Where do you draw inspiration from?
“From the vision of the bride, she comes with a vision and we usually can see it very fast, in our head it just becomes alive and we get all excited, actually, because every event is new and exciting and for us, especially, we have the challenge to make sure it is environmentally friendly so we have to be very creative with our resources.”

What do you enjoy most about your job?
“I feel like this is not just a job where I can make money, I’m very passionate about this, I believe that I’m making a difference. The brown wasteful events of today, pretty soon they will be the green events of the future and we all want to know better how to do a green event… that’s what I like the most, to feel that I am making a difference in the educational aspect of it, and that’s why we bring so many people into our warehouse and we train them in so many different issues. We are not very secretive about what we do here, and how to do green events, we actually want everybody to know, so we want everyone to know that they’re welcome to come and learn.”

If a couple can only afford one major aspect of decor, which decor, in your opinion, would make the biggest impact on a room?
“The biggest thing that would change the room is chair covers, absolutely 100%. A chair cover makes it a wedding, not a hall.”

What one piece of advice do you have for the bride and groom?
“Start planning ahead of time, think about your budget, think about your guestlist, everybody wants to have a big wedding but is it really necessary? Do what you want to do, don’t listen to politics in your family, it’s just the two of you, you need to find what it is what you want and go for it, then you won’t regret it.”

To contact Liliana, visit her website.
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Photos Courtesy Green Chair Events 

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