7 Ways to Have a More Sustainable Wedding

It’s wedding season and an amazing time to reminisce about my special day. While I had an extremely over-the-top, unusual wedding (read about it in Time Out NY), it was incredibly sustainable. Waste is not in my DNA, so while everyone should do what’s right for them (it is YOUR DAY!), here are some tips.

7 tips to having a more sustainable wedding:

  1. Instead of paper invites we used Paperless Post. It not only helped us keep track of guests and instantly customize a beautiful invitation (did I mention I planned my wedding in under 2.5 months?) but also let us reassign the paper budget to additional experiences for our wedding guests.
  2. No new rings… my engagement ring is vintage as we’re not fully confident in the diamond industry and for both of our wedding bands instead of new rings, we melted down my grandfather’s gold ring and inscribed them with ‘Team James’ and ‘Team Lara’ on the inside. It made the day extra super special for us as my husband never got to meet my grandfather.
  3. All 8 outfits designed by Patricia Field outfits were all vintage, loans, second hand or rented including the diamond earrings from Verstolo, with the exception of a few key pieces purchased from small business that can all be reworn.
  4. Rent everything but also focus on vendors that do it all. For our wedding we picked a rental company that did stages, food/beverage/utensils items as well as chairs/table linens to avoid multiple vendors.
  5. For the after-party we served pizza (the most sustainable of food when you consider it comes in a cardboard box that can be recycled/composted), a pretzel wall also makes for a great choice!
  6. Registry – In lieu of physical presents on our registry we had options of ‘buy us a drink’ at $15 options, or donate a tree to the Armenian Tree Project to help offset our carbon footprint. 
  7. Get creative with flowers – in lieu of a formal canopy or alter our florist, Christina Evangeline of @GardenByEvangeline pinned flowers along the brick wall to create a really beautiful space that was much more eco-friendly. She also used all reusable vases/items to avoid waste and flowers that were easily compostable. However, we didn’t even make it to that step because all flowers were tied and guests had the option to take them home at the end of the night — and did. We also utilized accents from Venus et Fleur, so our arrangements would outlast our wedding (they last for 1+ years!) and vases forever!

Patricia Field Hosts Charlie’s 18th Birthday Rescue Fashion Show Event

It happened. I had a crazy idea for Charlie’s 18th birthday and children’s book, Charlie at the Pom Springs Hotel, and somehow pulled it off. Of course it helped that ‘Sex and the City’ Stylist Patricia Field, wrote the forward for the book and has a general policy of “you plan it, I’ll do the fashion.”

With that I wanted to create a Rescue Dogs fashion show, dressed in one of a kind ‘Kiss the Dogs NYC for Patricia Field ArtFashion’ dog clothes, to raise awareness for senior rescues.

Designed by James Suozzi, “Kiss the Dogs NYC” was originally created in 2013 for Patricia Field’s former Bowery Street Boutique. Suozzi also creates bespoke pieces and has been a part of Charlie’s life since his adoption, creating special pieces for him, most notably when Charlie walked me down the aisle in 2022.

I worked with Patricia Field and the Patricia Field ArtFashion team to dress adoptable rescues from Animal HavenGatto Pups & Friendsand PupStarz Rescue. and tell their stories. Additionally, Charlie opened and closed the show in a custom tutu (for his full ‘Charlie Bradshaw’ moment). The event was hosted at Flying Solo at 419 Broome St, which features independent fashion designers from around the world.

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Yup, that’s right, Taskrabbit. I literally don’t think I could have planned my wedding without them and undoubtably were the unsung heroes of my wedding. 

As many of you know I planned my wedding in under 2.5 months and in one of the busiest years as everyone (and their mother), who had to wait 2 years during the pandemic was ready to tie the knot. With that I knew every hotel and conventional wedding venue would be booked, and frankly (in case you didn’t notice…), I like to do things my way and wanted to plan something that hadn’t been done before so nothing about a DIY wedding intimidated me. 

Hosted and Toasted: Fashion Icon, Patricia Field’s SURPRISE 80th Birthday

Patricia Field was greeted by Fern Mallis and guests at her 80th surprise party. Photo Credit: Austin Green

What a night, hosting and producing Patricia Field’s 80th birthday! And did I mention it was a surprise? (No pressure).

The moment of “SURPRISE”, Lara Eurdoloian and guests welcome Patricia Field. Photo Credit: Austin Green

The celebration took place at the Lower East Side Speakeasy Space, Fig 19, where we took over the gallery space and cocktail bar.

Fern Mallis, Kelly Cutrone, Miss J, Anthony Haden-Guest, and Lara Eurdolian celebrate Patricia Field’s 80th birthday. Photo Credit Andrew Werner.

It was an incredible evening filled with an iconic fashion scene, from Fern Mallis, Kelly Cutrone, Miss J,  The Blonds, OrfehRobert Verdi, Daphne Rubin-Vega, and Anthony Haden-Guest, to Leah McSweeney, among many others, who stepped out to SURPRISE the legendary costume designer.