Eco-Friendly Event Tips

Planning an Eco-Friendly Honeymoon


Oak & Honey Events is proud to be an environmentally friendly event planner. What does that mean? Well, it means that you’re conscientious about the resources consumed in the production of your event, and that you search out ways to make environmentally friendly choices throughout your planning process.If planning an environmentally friendly event is close to your heart, then you will love what we’re about to share. Oak & Honey Events teamed up with Lesley Cohen Travel Planning to bring you tips for extending your eco-friendly planning all the way through your honeymoon!

Many hotels are Do-Gooder establishments that give back to the community or use green supplies throughout their properties.

If you’re looking for a fabulous eco-friendly bachelorette destination or a stateside honeymoon, Lesley highly recommends the 1Hotel in Miami Beach. They use reclaimed materials in the hotel and everything is inspired by nature - hemp mattresses, organic sheets, the list goes on. 1Hotel also offers health-conscious amenities like fabulous exercise options, healthy food options with local ingredients, and a holistic spa. They truly provide an environment that is healthy for both their guests and the earth. Read more about their story, here.

If you prefer a more exotic honeymoon destination, Lesley recommends Laucala in Fiji. They put it best on their website: “Style and sustainability go hand in hand throughout,” and that could not be truer. Laucala uses farms and fisherman on the island for a real farm/sea to table experience. And you might have seen the photo of their famous glass-sided pool. It’s the epitome of luxury meets eco-friendly. Read more about their story, here.

If you’re ready to jump feet first into honeymoon planning, get in touch with Lesley!

Lesley Cohen // 

Recycled Wedding Boutique Seller Tips

The Recycled Wedding Boutique is happening on Saturday, November 10, 2018, at John S. Knight Center in Akron and we can't wait! Oak & Honey Events created the Recycled Wedding Boutique, a flea market of sorts, in 2014 for Northeast Ohio couples. Soon-to-be newlyweds can shop new, slightly used, and vintage items to create the wedding of their dreams from recently married couples who are looking to offload their wedding items. Melanie of Oak & Honey Events now hosts alongside her “Wedding Bestie”, Amanda of Baci Designer to create a recycled event above any else in the area. Photo Credit: Full Bloom Photography

Today, we are sharing some tips with you about the best ways to sell your wedding decor, dresses, and more at the event!

  1. Pricing Items Everyone comes to the RWB looking for a good bargain. We encourage sellers to price their items at yard sale prices, which is roughly 20% of the retail price.  Make sure to clearly price all items individually with stickers and labels so transactions go smoothly.
  2. Bring Help - If you can, bring a helper with you since there is a rush of shoppers at the beginning of the event. One person can handle sales and the other person can wrap up and bag items. This HIGHLY recommended, given the crowds at the Recycled Wedding Boutique.
  3. Bring Wrapping and Bags -  It is helpful if you supply your own plastic bags, boxes, newspaper or other wrapping material for the items you are selling.
  4. Bring Change -  Many people go to the ATM right before and will be paying in 20s. If you have 10s, 5s and lots of 1s, you will be prepared. 
  5. Credit Card Payments -   If you're selling more expensive items, you might want to consider taking credit card payments.

Questions? Contact the RWB Team at

Oak & Honey Events Hostess Gift Ideas


Melanie, Founder of Oak & Honey Events, shares some of her favorite local and eco-friendly gift picks for the favorite people in your life. Earlier, we shared her favorites for the special lady or man in your life, now we’re sharing some of her favorite gifts for the hostess with the mostess at all of your holiday get-togethers. We hope our posts will not only help you find the perfect gift that the special ones in your life will enjoy but also help you support local businesses and reduce your impact on the environment. Making someone’s day and giving back to the community – What could be better?

Today on the blog, Melanie gives you some of their favorite local gift picks for your hostess.

Photo: Mallory + Justin Photographers

Photo: Mallory + Justin Photographers

Melanie’s Picks

Lauren HB Studio

All of Lauren Studio’s products are handmade in Lakewood, Ohio. Lauren's products are inspired by her contemporary art upbringing and influenced by abstract geometric forms. I love the sleek, contemporary design but functional use. I've been swooning over their geometric diamond dish - a perfect addition to anyone's home.

Jessica N Designs

Jessica N Design products are hand stamped goodness made in Ohio. They offer a number of fun designs perfect for any occasion but you should have no trouble finding a gift for your hostess. I recommend spreaders with hand stamped sayings like," spread joy", "spread love", and "spread cheer," is the perfect holiday hostess gift. Cute and ready to use at any holiday get-together.

1820 House Candles

My current obsession is 1820 House Candles. The candles are hand poured based out of East Palestine, Ohio. Their candles focus on aromachology which is a "basic awareness of how a certain fragrance evokes feelings of peace, happiness, bliss, relaxation or bring up memories of something familiar or comforting." Pick-up a candle from their holiday collection your hostess is bound to love.

Pope’s Kitchen

Popes Kitchen offers fresh, locally sourced ingredients in all their products. They have a number of delicious cocktail mixes and bar products to spice-up any drink at your next holiday party. Some of my favorites are the Mellow Bloody Mary Mix, Strawberry Balsamic Sauce, or the Hot Sauce Gift Pack. The Mellow Bloody Mary Mix is perfect for News Years morning!

Sage and Spice Botanicals

Sage and Spice Botanicals is a small botanical company based in Cleveland, Ohio. They offer many artisan herbal products made with organic and fair trade botanicals. Sage and Spice has some great tea blends that are perfect for the friend that does not drink coffee. One of my favorites is the Sunset blend.

Willey Creek Spoon & Utensil

Willey Creek Spoon and Utensil utilizes traditional greenwood carving techniques to make wooden spoons and various other kitchen utensils. I chatted with Bill, the owner, at the Crafty Mart in Akron, and he shared with me that many of the items he makes use fallen down wood in his backyard. The spoons would be a great addition to tie on to a jar of Pope’s Kitchen’s Strawberry Balsamic sauce.

Melanie's Favorite Local & Eco-Friendly Picks for Him

spc_0238 Melanie, Founder of Oak & Honey Events and Katelyn, Associate Event Planner, have been sharing some of our favorite local and eco-friendly gift picks for the favorite people in your life. Earlier this week we shared our favorites for the special lady in your life, now we’re sharing with you some of our favorite ideas for the man in your life.

We hope our posts will not only help you find the perfect gift that the special ones in your life will enjoy but also help you support local businesses and reduce your impact on the environment. Making someone’s day and giving back to the community – What could be better?

Today on the blog, Melanie gives you some of her favorite local gift picks for the man in your life.

Open Hand Leather GoodsDopp Kit

This simple and striking leather Dopp Kit is perfect for the traveler in your life. This travel bag has room for all of their travel essentials.  Open Hand Leather Goods operates out of a small studio in Columbus, Ohio and create handmade leather products that combine smart design and a classic style.

Citizen Woodshop – City Streets Map Table

Citizen Woodshop creates custom wood accessories, furniture and wall art. Most of their work is engraved with custom designs. Their City Streets Map Table is perfect for the guy who loves Cleveland. They have other great items like coasters and wall art with similar looks. A percentage of all revenue goes to charity:water to transform communities.

The Social Department - CVNP Tee shirt

The Social Department located in Akron, Ohio offers one-of-kind t-shirts focused on regional themes. When I'm not planning weddings you can find me hiking and exploring the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Of course, I have to recommend their "Find Me in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park” t-shirt.

Chagrin Valley Soap and Salve – Mens Skin Care Set

As much as the man in our lives don’t love skin care, this gift set is great because it covers not only skin care but shaving as well. Chagrin Valley Soap & Salve is a small family owned and family operated company. Their ingredients are USDA certified organic, sustainably produced, cruelty-free, and ethically traded.


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Katelyn's Favorite Local & Eco-Friendly Gift for Him



Melanie, Founder of Oak & Honey Events and Katelyn, Associate Event Planner have been sharing some of our favorite local and eco-friendly gift picks for the favorite people in your life. Earlier this week we shared our favorites for the special lady in your life, now we're sharing with you some of our favorite ideas for the man in your life.

We hope our posts will not only help you find the perfect gift that the special ones in your life will enjoy but also help you support local businesses and reduce your impact on the environment. Making someone’s day and giving back to the community – What could be better?

Today on the blog, Katelyn gives you some of her favorite local gift picks for the man in your life.

Ape Made  - Neck Tie

All of Ape Made’s products are printed by hand in Cleveland, Ohio using eco-friendly, water-based textile inks. They are a Cleveland based line of products that showcased the Cleveland region and beyond. Purchase him one of their unique ties to showcase his love of Northeast Ohio.

Neck & Tie Co. - Bow Tie

Neck & Tie Co. offers quality neckwear and accessories while giving back to their local community. 10% of every sale goes to a local organization, charity, or person. They offer a number of fun stylish designs and colors for the dapper man in your life.

Oceanne Jewelry

One of my favorite Cleveland companies is Oceanne Jewelry - I'm obsessed. Not only do they offer lovely jewelry for the ladies but gorgeous items for the man in your life. I recommend the stainless steel bottle opener keychain hand stamped with your own custom message or you can choose from fun sayings like, "But First...Beer."

Saint Augustine SudsBeard Oil or Shave Kit 

During this time of year it would be wrong if I made a list without mentioning products for the beard. In the winter it seems everyone has extra facial hair and why not help the man in your life keep his looking good? Saint Augustine Suds offers responsibly sourced and handmade products for him that smell great too.

Beer Basket 

Get creative and beer the man in your life. Cleveland and Northeast Ohio is known for their great breweries. Choose some of his favorites or introduce him to some new breweries and put a package together to enjoy this holiday season. You can visit the local breweries and pick-up a pack or grab some during your next trip to the grocery store. I recommend some of my local favorites Platform Brewing Company, Hoppin' Frog Brewery, Thirsty Dog Brewing Company, and Great Lakes Brewing Company.



Katelyn's Favorite Local & Eco-Friendly Holiday Picks for Her

engaged-34_1 The holiday season is one of our favorite times of the year not only for the decorations but also because we get a chance to give gifts to our friends and family. Melanie, Founder of Oak & Honey Events and Katelyn, Associate Event Planner, will be sharing some of our favorite local and sustainable products over the next couple weeks to guide you along the way this holiday season. We hope our posts will not only help you find the perfect gift that the special ones in your life will enjoy but also help you support local businesses and reduce your impact on the environment. Making someone's day and doing good - What could be better?


First up, Katelyn is sharing with you her favorite gift picks for the special lady in your life.


Apotheclaire - Gift Certificate

At Oak & Honey Events we do our part to reduce waste produced by helping plan and design eco-friendly, green weddings and events. A business that helps save the planet and keeps us gorgeous? Of course, we're in love! Let me introduce Apotheclaire to a special lady in your life. Apotheclaire located in the heart of downtown Akron is a green circle salon which recycles 98% of their shop, including hair. They not only offer a number of hair services but also carry many of my favorite local products, including brands like 1820 House Candle Company and Humble from Humble Bee Family Farm. Also, they sell hair products such as Oway Organics that reduces their impact in the environment with mindful packaging and shipping practices.



Humble bath and body products is the brainchild from Humble Bee Family Farm. Humble is handcrafted goods made with organic and sustainable ingredients. I haven't found a product of theirs that I haven't been obsessed with. They offer both bath and body products from lotion to soaps to lip balm for the lady in your life. I can't get enough of their roll-on perfume made with jojoba and apricot oils. Some of my favorite scents are Mountain Momma, Patchouli Lime or Lavender Patchouli which are definitely swoon worthy.


Glam & Grace

Glam and Grace located in Cleveland, Ohio offers fun, bold beauty products that let you experiment with your own style. They have a number of products that every girl will love and feel gorgeous wearing. I'm currently obsessed with Glam and Grace's Handcrafted Lipstick in Muted Red and Peachy Nude. If make-up isn't her thing, Glam and Grace also carries unique, bold jewelry made out of materials like leather, rhinestones, and tassels.


Fount - The Finley Clutch 

By now, especially if you live in Northeast Ohio you've heard of FountFount is a design and production house based out of Cleveland, Ohio with a focus on luxury leather bags and accessories. I'm currently crushing on their Finley Clutch in peppercorn black.


Keats - Gift Set Box

I discovered Keats products and I haven't turned back. I fell in love after my first purchase and haven't bought any other soap brands since. Keats offers what they call, “all natural, unrefined, organic," products. A number of their soaps come in many delicious scents with fun names like Wit + Wonder with Rosemary and French Green Clay and Mystic + Muse with cinnamon and citrus orange. My personal favorites currently are Gumption + Grace with lemongrass and ginger. Also, Hope + Harmony with cedar wood and lime. Keats soap bars start at $10 or you can purchase gift set perfect for the holidays for $35.


Eco-Friendly Wedding Stationery Tips

We are so excited to announce that Amanda Cursaro of Baci Designer will be taking over the blog this week! She will be sharing eco-friendly tips for couples who are looking to reduce their impact on the environment with their wedding stationery.

Amanda is the owner of Baci Designer, a boutique wedding stationery company founded in 2008. Baci's mission is to create timeless wedding invitations and coordinated details through original and intentional designs for engaged couples seeking an editorial look that is reflective of their style.

Often people assume stationery isn't one of the areas of their wedding where they can truly be eco-friendly. After all, it is mostly paper and I've often heard, "It will just get thrown away." However, that isn't necessarily the case if you put original and intentional thought into creating an heirloom-quality design people will want to share with others and treasure as a keepsake for years to come.

Aside from the thoughts of a mushy custom stationer on why wedding paper isn't wasteful, there are tons of practical options to reduce your environmental impact when choosing your stationery.

Recycled and Tree-Free Stock Options

The obvious start is with 100% recycled stock. This can come in most any form, but our favorites come from the Neenah Paper Mill in fabulous tones like Concrete, Grocer's Kraft, Honeycomb and Wrought Iron. Gone are the days of drab, dirty looking recycled stock. Neenah's Environmental Line is not only created using sustainable practices, but 100% renewable electricity as well.

The majority of the wedding stationery we create here at Baci Designer is printed on Savoy's 100% Pure Cotton Stock - it not only offers the most luxurious fabric-like texture, but it is tree-free, acid-free, recyclable, biodegradable and elemental chlorine-free.

A fun and unique option is Seeded Stock made with post-consumer materials (often paper and fabric) and embedded with seeds that can be planted after use. Each sheet is completely different from the next, adding a fabulous element of texture and thickness. Seeded Stock comes with seed options to plant everything from flowers to herbs and vegetables.

Hiring a professional stationer will provide you with the most resources and knowledge in order to ensure you're getting the best eco-friendly wedding suite options. They'll also be able to ensure you are ordering correct quantities to cut down on waste and brainstorm some of the best options to help reduce your impact.

Useful Homemade or Local Flowers



Photo Credit: Doug Treiber Photography

When choosing favors to gift your guests at the end of the night, stop and think about how useful they are before purchasing. Consumable items are often the best option here - think a trio of macarons from your local bakery, homemade jam using an old family recipe or your favorite childhood treat packaged in a reusable container. A simple tag printed on one of the recycled and tree-free stock options above can accompany all of these pieces.

Reusable and Repurposed Decor and Signage



Photo Credit: Suzuran Photography

Day-of stationery pieces are some of our favorite things to create, but they require a bit more thought ensuring they aren't wasteful. We love to see pieces in your home as decoration (welcome signs and picture frames used for table numbers are perfect for this!) or as an heirloom piece you put away for your own children (a framed program or laser-cut cake topper).

Repurposing items from the ceremony to the reception is also a great way to minimize your impact. Your planner will happily move your welcome sign from the ceremony entrance to greet guests as they enter the reception as well. We also create two-sided signs for this purpose, too.

Renting or Selling Items Post-Wedding

Don't see a need for 25 acrylic table numbers after your wedding? Try renting first. Sometimes things are created specifically for you and your event, so renting isn't an option, but it is worth inquiring. If you can't find exactly what you're looking for as a rental and you do need to purchase pieces, after your wedding sign up for a resale event (like Recycled Wedding Boutique) or post on a sale site for the next lovely bride to snag for her big day!

Thanks again, Amanda, for sharing such insightful information!

Recycled Wedding Boutique Shopping Tips!

The Recycled Wedding Boutique is right around the corner on Saturday, December 2nd! Our Winter event is being held at John S. Knight Center in Akron from 10:30 am until 1:00 pm. The event has such a great following we wanted to share some shopping tips! recycledweddingboutique-4

  1. Arrive at least an hour before the event begins. Typically shoppers wait in line over an hour to enter into the event.
  2. Remember strollers are not allowed and we recommend leaving the kiddos at home. If you do have to bring a child 4 years old or younger get in free.
  3. Come prepared! Bring a list of items you are looking for. We have over 80 sellers and they will be organized by color.
  4. Bring bags! Come prepared with bags to carry your purchases out.
  5. Bring cash! We advise Newlywed sellers to accept credit cards, but all will accept cash.
  6. Donate! This year we are donating to the Ronald McDonald House in Akron. Bring items for a donation like:
    1. Juice boxes/bags
    2. Single serving packaged: Salty snacks (chips, pretzels, crackers)
    3. Granola bars, fruit snacks, raisin packs
    4. Cereal: Family and individual size
    5. Fruit, jello, applesauce cups
    6. Pudding cups
    7. Hot cocoa mix single serving packs
    8. Microwave Popcorn

We can't wait to see you at the event! If you have any questions please reach out to us at


Melanie {Oak & Honey Events} + Amanda {Baci Designer}

May Wedding at Heritage Barn

This Heritage Barn wedding was a long time coming! Sam and Mike began dating when they were just 15 years old. Although their teenage romance was short-lived, their love story was just getting started. Sam went off to college, and Mike joined the Army National Guard. Not too long after, they began running into each other quite frequently due to their many mutual friends, which led to them re-starting their relationship during their sophomore year of college. In 2009, Mike found out that he was going to be deployed to Afghanistan. He said that it was near the end of his deployment that he knew for sure that he wanted to marry Sam. He proposed on July 4, 2014, and the rest is history!

Their wedding took place over Memorial Day weekend at Heritage Barn in Stow, Ohio. Their decor consisted of a bright mix of pink and navy, with touches of orange accenting the decor. With both indoor and outdoor spaces, Heritage Barn is the perfect venue for weddings all year round. Sam and Mike's ceremony took place outside on the grass, and their reception was held inside the barn.

Sam selected Fair Rarity Flowers for her wedding florals, which were all locally sourced. The popcorn served at the reception was also made locally by CrazyButTrue Popcorn. The Oak & Honey Events team was able to assist the couple with floral re-purposing by donating all the flowers from the wedding to Elmcroft of Sagamore Hills, an assisted living center in the area.

Heritage Barn wedding ceremony on the lawn
Couple reads letters before wedding in Stow, Ohio
wedding portrait
Simple seating chart for barn wedding
Heritage Barn Stow Ohio wedding reception
Simple white wedding cake with orange flowers
Heritage Barn wedding cocktail hour

Photography: Mann & Wife - Visual Storytellers

Cleveland Wedding Planners: Oak & Honey Events

Venue: Heritage Barn

Floral: Fair Rarity Flowers

Cake: The West Side Bakery

Caterer: Old Carolina Barbecue Company

Bartender: Sweet Water Caravan

DJ: Encore Sounds

Rentals: Miller's Party Rental Center & L'Nique Linens

Favors: CrazyButTrue Popcorn

Sam also left us this incredibly sweet 5-star review on The Knot:

"If I could give Oak & Honey Events more stars, I would!! Melanie and I worked together for about a year and a half on my wedding, and she was fantastic throughout the entire process. She was knowledgeable about different vendors and really tried to help me choose the right ones that fit in my budget and worked well with my theme. She was always available to help answer my questions, whether it was a phone call, text or email, especially when it was closer to the wedding date. The day of, she was (in my opinion), the hero of the day! She made the venue look AMAZING with the help of her staff, and the day went absolutely perfect! She was always checking on my husband and I to see if we needed anything, and she also checked on our parents as well! She really helped to make our day perfect, and it was! She really made the whole wedding planning process a breeze, and my husband and I couldn't have been more lucky to work with her. If you need a wedding planner, Melanie with Oak & Honey Events should most definitely be your #1 pick. You'll be so happy you did!! <3"

Local & Eco-Friendly Favorites for Welcome Bags & Favors

If you're looking for sustainable favors for your wedding guests or eco-friendly items to include in your welcome bags, look no further! We've got you covered! Below are a list of some great options, from sustainable items to locally made products. Most of these items can be used (or consumed) in everyday life, so be sure to check them out if you are in need of some ideas!

1.  POPE'S Bloody Mary Mix

Pope's Kitchen is a local company that specializes in creating high-quality artisan sauces, cocktail mixes and bar products, with an emphasis on preserving nature's bounty. They have added their own modern and local twist to each one of their products, while still maintaining the historical integrity of the recipes. They also source their ingredients from fresh local sources, whenever possible.

A personal favorite among the Oak & Honey Events team is POPE'S Bloody Mary Mix! It's packed with fresh, all-natural ingredients, and we believe it is truly one of the tastiest bloody Mary mixes around!


2. Popped! Popcorn

Located in Kent, Ohio, Popped! offers a wide selection of locally grown popcorn. They use the absolute best ingredients that Ohio has to offer, including Ohio-grown, non-GMO popcorn, local butter from Hartzler Family Dairy in Wooster, locally roasted nuts, and honey from their own backyard! Even some of their containers are made locally! All of their recipes are original, and they only use real ingredients. You can't top that!


3. Honey from Brighton Wool & Honey Company

Brighton Wool & Honey Company is a small family business specializing in honey, wool and handmade soap! Their business is headquartered at That'll Do Farm in rural Northern Ohio, about an hour south of Cleveland. Their raw, unprocessed honey is gathered from 30 hives of Italian honey bees, and retains all of the natural goodness and nutrients that the bees put into it. We highly recommend their honey to anyone looking to purchase locally!


4. Gift Trees from Arbor Day Foundation

One of our favorite options for guest favors are trees! Arbor Day Foundation offers the option of purchasing gift trees, which include a label that can be customized, and are a wonderfully green reminder of your wedding day that will last for years to come. These tree favors are great for your out-of-town guests, as they are small, and can be carried on board domestic flights! The gift tree tubes are also manufactured using 50% post-consumer recycled material and can be recycled with other plastics. Or even better - it can be turned into a bird feeder!


5. Soap from BARR's Bars, ltd.

Who doesn't love soap?? BARR's Bars, ltd. specializes in crafting cold process soaps that are created using environmentally responsible raw soap ingredients as well as packaging that minimizes their impact on the environment. They also sell other products such as lip balm, soap dishes, washcloths, and a conditioning rinse!


There you have it -- our top choices for local and eco-friendly gifts and favors! Of course, there are many more options out there as well, and we hope you'll take them all into consideration when choosing items for your guests!