My Zero Waste Bachelorette Party

My bachelorette party was two months ago! But, I have had several requests for the zero waste details. 

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The party planning was completely out of my control, but my two best friends were in charge! I wasn't worried about trash for one second. 

When you have awesome friends, they respect you and your lifestyle choices. All I wanted was a fun night out to celebrate our friendship! Seriously, they are THE best. 

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Since I got married at the courthouse, I knew I wasn't actually going to have bridesmaids. But, just because you have a simple wedding doesn't mean you get to miss out on all of the fun.

When I went wedding dress shopping I fell in LOVE with a white jumpsuit. I was so torn between the jumpsuit and a dress. I wound up going with a dress, but I continued to lust after the jumpsuit.

All sorts of crazy thoughts ran through my head.... "What if I changed into a jumpsuit for the reception? What if I got a jumpsuit for the cake? Or the honeymoon?"

And, I have to admit, I still really, really want a jumpsuit.

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 I was browsing Rent the Runway when I stumbled upon the PERFECT blush jumpsuit. The clouds opened and I could hear heaven's angels sing, "Ahhhhh."

I knew I had to rent it.

It arrived, unfortunately in a plastic garment bag. I was pretty crushed. I'm not sure if I'll rent from then again. But, I did LOVE the jumpsuit. It fit almost perfect, and it was amazing for the evening.

I still think renting an outfit is better than buying, and it's a good option if you tire of clothing easily. 

So, let me set the scene.... 

Saturday morning I was whisked away wearing no makeup, jeans, and a white tank top. Danielle took me to the BART, where we hopped on and rode it all the way to SF. When we got out we were surrounded by the March for Science on Earth Day. 

That's right! How fitting. My bachelorette party fell on Earth Day. We watched and supported the marchers for a while before heading into my favorite zero waste store... you guessed it: Credo. 

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I bought some makeup for the wedding and for the evening. 

Then we found our hotel. We stayed at the Sir Francis Drake and it was so lovely!!! You can see my klean kanteen on the counter. 

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Ali had been up in the room decorating with crepe paper (compostable ;) and putting together a killer playlist. I have to admit being in musical theatre my musical tastes are a little obscure. But, she nailed it. 

And, we got to sing "Take Me or Leave Me" in perfect harmony... one of the highlights of my evening. 

We got dressed and drank lots of champagne in reusable champagne flutes. The hotel sent up a fruit platter all on reusables! I was also given several gifts. Danielle did an excellent job of sourcing classy, made in the USA goods from Etsy. 

I got the most amazing crown, which I will wear for literally any event I can get away with. See my backyard BBQ. I will also wear it on my birthday. 

I was presented with the most beautiful sash that says, "Bride to Be." I pinned it with the stinkin' cutest little hen pins. We also got screen printed hen party cloth napkins! 

We opted not to do t-shirts. I think we all knew we would never wear them again. I love to pin my hen pin on all sorts of cardigans. 

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I made it clear that I wanted to call it a hen party because I think that sounds much classier than a bachelorette party. 

Then we kicked the night off with a Lyft to Asia SF where we partied for a while in the downstairs club. Then we went upstairs where they served dinner, cocktails, and a burlesque-ish style show. It was SO much fun. 

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After the show we headed to the Speakeasy for the after party. Ali is an actor in the speakeasy show, so we got the hookups. I mostly spent my time at the blackjack table perfecting ways to count cards with the dealer. 

I had so much fun playing cards!! It was another highlight of the evening. 

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Both places we went we never had to worry about disposables. Even the restaurant had cloth napkins! They really took everything into consideration when booking the event. 

We got back pretty late from the Speakeasy, but we hit up the rooftop bar at the hotel. Had time for another drink, and then we went to bed. 

It was the perfect night. 

My tips for planning a zero waste bachelorette party would be... 

1. take it easy on the favors

It's a lot of fun to have little trinkets that are memorable and special. But, keep them to a minimum so they will be special. No one needs penis-shaped straws and wine charms. No one would use those again. 

If you really want some sort of penis-shaped something, I would do it in the form of a cake. You get the gag and then it can be eaten. Yum! 

I would even be skeptical of getting t-shirts. Will you really wear those again? 

2. keep it simple

There's no reason to go overboard. You can feel super special just being surrounded by those you love. I had the best night because my friends are so awesome. 

There was no need to fly half away around the world. There was no need for lots of gag gifts and decorations that would only be thrown away the next day. 

3. plan ahead 

My bridesmaids double checked every place we were going to go for reusables. Yelp is a great way to check out menus and dishware at your next stop. 

Double check the place for reusables before booking! 


Most importantly, HAVE FUN! 

Unexpected trash can always happen. But, just roll with it. You can't plan for everything in life. 

I had the best party and I can't thank my friends enough. They are the absolute best. I met Ali while doing Midsummer Night's Dream my first year in CA, and I met Danielle through blogging!! 

Life is crazy and wonderful. 

If either of you are reading this post right now, thank you so much for making my hen party amazing! I will remember this night of awesomeness forever. I love you both so much.

Hugs and kisses,

KK 


Zero Waste Wedding Part 2

I am SO excited to be sharing my zero waste wedding part 2 with you. We eloped at San Francisco City Hall, and it was perfect. It was just our immediate families and my best friend.

All of the photos in this post were taken by the amazingly talented Allison Andres

She also took our engagement photos which are featured in our zero waste home tour. If you missed part 1 you can read it here

If you prefer video content, I’ve created a YouTube video of our big day. Scroll down to the bottom of the page… but maybe look at all the pics on your way down… ;)

A zero waste wedding ceremony and reception brunch in San Francisco, CA from www.goingzerowaste.com

On Sunday afternoon, Justin and I ferried into San Francisco with our families. The weather was perfect! Like - I don't need a jacket - perfect. I honestly can't think of a single time I've been in SF and not needed a jacket.   

Once in SF, we walked to our hotel The Marker.  I cannot rave enough about our experience at this hotel. They went above and beyond in every single aspect! They upgraded us to a junior suite which was so nice!

Justin and I had separate rooms the first night so I got to hang out in the spacious jr. suite for an extra night! 

Once everyone settled into their hotel rooms, we met in the hotel living room for wine and champagne. We decided to check out the pizzeria in the hotel called Tratto. It was delicious! 

Their Italian soda cocktails were all served with stainless steel straws. How cool is that!? After dinner, our parents went to bed and my future sis-in-law, my bridesmaid, Justin and myself all snuck down to the Bourbon and Branch library. 

It happened to be right around the corner of our hotel. We had a lot of fun, but we didn't stay out too late because I had to get my beauty sleep. ;) 

Danielle and I woke up early the next morning to start getting ready. 

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hair and makeup: 

During my hen party Danielle and I went to credo beauty to purchase some makeup for the wedding day. Credo beauty is a mecca of organic, green beauty. Almost everything is sold in sustainable packaging.  

  • HAIR: I washed my hair the day before with Plaine Products, which I talk about in this post. I curled my hair with a curling iron and used an organic hairspray I bought at Credo. I love it because of the packaging. It is in a plastic bottle, but it's clear and can easily be refilled with a homemade salt spray or hairspray.

  • EYES: I borrowed an Alima Pure eye pencil and Kjaer Weiss mascara from Danielle. I also used my Kjaer Weiss eyeshadow.

  • FOUNDATION: I used the RMS uncover up and used some bare minerals powder on top. I've had the bare minerals PZW.

  • LIPS and CHEEKS: This was the other product I bought at Credo beauty. I bought a Tatta Harper lip tint in green glass and I absolutely love it! The color is exactly what I was looking for.

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the dress: 

You can read all about my mostly miserable wedding dress shopping experiences here. I wound up finding a wedding skirt second hand on eBay for $100 and then I purchased a vintage wedding corset top on Etsy for $35.

I am so happy with the way it turned out! I am not sure if I want to sell it or if I should chop the skirt off and dye the whole thing hot pink! What do you think?

A zero waste wedding with a second hand wedding ring and wedding dress at the Marker Hotel in San Francisco, CA read more at www.goingzerowaste.com
A zero waste wedding read more at www.goingzerowaste.com

first look:

The jr. suite had pocket doors which were a huge blessing! I was nervous about the first look location, but the pocket doors presented an amazing solution!

I was most nervous about this part of the wedding. What if he looked at me like it was any old Monday?

In fact, I started having nightmares that when I walked down the aisle he was wearing huge sunglasses so I couldn't see his reaction. Thankfully there were no sunglasses, and you can see his reaction below. 

A zero waste wedding, first look with pocket doors at the Marker Hotel in San Francisco, CA from www.goingzerowaste.com

a safety pin emergency: 

When standing still the skirt rested on the top perfectly. When moving, the train is rather heavy and pulled the skirt down revealing a strange peek-a-boo in the back. 

There was a Walgreens right across from the hotel. We ran in and grabbed some safety pins which were packaged in plastic. I have zero regrets. My dress looked perfect in the rest of the photos. 

flowers: 

My mom picked up the flowers and the cake the morning of the wedding at Whole Foods. The flowers were all plastic free! The headpiece and boutonniere did come in a small cardboard box.

But, I'm so happy with the way they turned out. Whole Foods was very reasonably priced. The flowers are sustainable, all in season, and fair trade.  

A zero waste wedding! The flowers were done by Whole Foods and all came packaged free read more at www.goingzerowaste.com
A zero waste wedding! The flowers were done by Whole Foods and all came packaged free read more at www.goingzerowaste.com

transportation: 

Our immediate families flew out to be with us. They did not have vehicles and I was not about to bring mine to the city. We all used Lyft to carpool to city hall and to the reception afterward. 

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the ceremony: 

We arrived at City Hall and it was very similar to going to the DMV. 

You wait in line. You take a number. You sit and wait/run all over city hall and take pretty pictures. They call your number. You head up and sign your marriage license and then you wait until your officiant is ready. 

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A zero waste wedding read more at www.goingzerowaste.com
A zero waste wedding read more at www.goingzerowaste.com

We had the cutest officiant. I loved her! 

picture time:

After the ceremony, we took family photos. Justin and I took some photos together and then we headed to the restaurant. 

A zero waste wedding at San Francisco City Hall read more at www.goingzerowaste.com
A zero waste wedding at San Francisco City Hall read more at www.goingzerowaste.com
A zero waste wedding at San Francisco City Hall read more at www.goingzerowaste.com
A zero waste wedding at San Francisco City Hall read more at www.goingzerowaste.com
A zero waste wedding at San Francisco City Hall read more at www.goingzerowaste.com
A zero waste wedding at San Francisco City Hall read more at www.goingzerowaste.com

reception brunch: 

After the ceremony we Lyfted to Kitchen Story. Finding a location that provides brunch on a weekday and took reservations was a challenge! 

Kitchen story does both! Well... kinda. Even though we were on time, they gave our reserved table to someone else. We were stuck in the back by the kitchen arguably the worst table in the house. 

I was not happy. Especially because I confirmed our reservation not once, not twice, but four times. I confirmed once a month (as they requested) leading up the event. 

A zero waste, brunch wedding reception at Kitchen Story in San Francisco, CA read more at www.goingzerowaste.com

They gave our table to some hot shot wine mogul. He apparently felt very bad about Kitchen Story's mistake and supplied our table with very, very nice wine from his winery in New Zealand. 

The food was still FABULOUS! I will definitely be back because their brunch is simply bomb.  

A zero waste, brunch wedding reception at Kitchen Story in San Francisco, CA read more at www.goingzerowaste.com

Everyone could not stop raving about their meal. 

There were a couple of plastic straws served in some drinks and some people ordered lunch. Some of the lunch entrees had paper in the baskets, but this is SF so they'll be composted! 

Dad gave a toast, Mom gave a toast, and my Mother-In-Law gave a toast. It was really wonderful!

After brunch wrapped up, we all lyfted back to the hotel for a little R&R before cake and champagne!  Our photographer left at this point and I don't have many pictures. 

Danielle, Justin, and me all decided to go get coffee. We went back to the hotel room, grabbed our reusable to-go mugs and walked down to Blue Bottle Coffee. 

Walking through SF in a white dress and with a flower crown garnered me a lot of attention. People were congratulating us left and right. We also got our coffee on the house! 

We've been joking that we should wear these outfits more often! JK, jk, jk. 

cake:

I don't have a very good picture of the cake, but it also came from Whole Foods. My mom was such a champ. 

She brought my cake carrier all the way to whole foods to get the cake to-go so we could avoid a single use cake holder. 

Thanks, mom! 

A zero waste wedding with cake and flowers from whole foods read more at www.goingzerowaste.com

after party:

After we ate our fill of cake, we relaxed and sipped on champagne until our reservations were ready at Bourbon and Branch. 

The family was all very intrigued. This time we went to the main room. They had the upstairs ready for all of us and it was so awesome! They were so accommodating. 

As a bonus, their cocktail napkins were ALL cloth!! It made me want to buy some cloth cocktail napkins. We all spent the evening chatting and drinking lots of yummy drinks before turning in and saying our goodbyes. 

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Then Justin and I headed up to our suite like..... nailed it. 

All the trash produced from the wedding was a plastic holder for the safety pins and a couple of plastic straws. How do you think we did for our ZW wedding?