Successfully Sustainable Wedding Fayre

The Alternative Wedding Fayre on Sunday February 26 was bursting with brides-to-be, who came to the Green House Hotel to discover how to plan an environmentally-friendly wedding.

Betrothed couples browsed the organic, fair-trade, recycled and vintage wedding wares which filled the four-star, boutique hotel in Bournemouth. Fresh Floral Florists and Miss Dolly’s vintage tea parties dressed the Green Room restaurant to show brides-to-be how beautiful their special day could be and designer bridal brand, the House of Tammam, was on hand to dress the brides in a selection of eco-couture wedding dresses.

Parked in the hotel grounds, waiting to whisk the bridal party off in style were Dorset Dubhire’s baby blue campervan, Lulu, Limberlost carriages and Silver Service cars. Visitors sampled ice cream in the sunshine, courtesy of Little Al’s vintage ice cream trike which took pride of place in the hotel gardens.

Sarah Pavett, event manager of The Green House Hotel, said: “We are delighted to have met so many future brides and to inspire them to be considerate in their wedding choices.  As the UK’s greenest hotel, it is our ethos to educate that you can have a wonderful wedding that doesn’t scrimp on luxuries but doesn’t cost the earth either.”

Anna Coombes from Miss Dolly’s Vintage Events, who exhibited at the Fayre, commented: “The event had a lovely energy, so thank you to the Green House for all your hard work. I’d love to be involved if you host another Alternative Wedding Fayre.”

General manager of the Green House hotel, Olivia O’Sullivan, added: “Thank you to all our sustainable suppliers and to all the happy couples who came to see us, even the sun made an appearance!”

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Green Room uniforms ready for inspection for Fairtrade Fortnight

Staff at the Green Room Restaurant, at the Green House Hotel in Bournemouth, have their fairtrade uniforms ready for inspection for Fairtrade Fortnight (February 27 to March 11).


The UK’s greenest hotel and restaurant lives and breathes sustainability so when sourcing clothing to represent these brand values fairtrade, corporate clothing supplier Cotton Roots was the natural choice. Made from organic cotton and recycled fibres, the aprons are embroidered with the Green Room restaurant’s logo and are fairtrade certified.


Olivia O’Sullivan, general manager at the Green House, explained: “As with all our suppliers to ensure the end product is as green as possible, Cotton Roots was assessed against recognised environmental standards to confirm that ethical practices are carried out all the way down the supply chain.”


When launching Fairtrade Fortnight, the Fairtrade Foundation announced estimated retail sales of Fairtrade products reached £1.32 billion in 2011, which is a 12 per cent increase on 2010. The foundation believes if sales continue at this level of growth in 2012, more and more businesses will look to adopt the fairtrade model of ethical sourcing.


Olivia added: “We are committed to using fairtrade products but our dedication goes beyond the products we use. All our staff are trained on sustainability – it is who we are, what we do and how we do it.”


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The Green Room plays cupid

The Green Room is playing cupid by offering guests who pop the question over Valentine’s dinner a gift towards their wedding package booked at the Green House Hotel.

The Green Room restaurant, based in the Green House Hotel, will give the betrothed couples a case of champagne to toast their happy nuptials.

General manager, Olivia O’Sullivan, explains: “February is the most romantic month of the year, so we wanted to give our guests a wedding present to help make their special day a little more special.”

Head chef Andy Hilton has crafted a six-course, Valentine tasting menu of seafood and poached chicken oysters to woo guests.  For a touch of Dutch courage, diners can order a flight of wines to accompany the meal which is perfectly paired to the menu.

Olivia O’Sullivan said: “The luxurious surroundings of the Green Room restaurant will make the perfect backdrop to set the scene for romance. As it’s a leap year, we are hoping to see some ladies proposing to their partners as well! We will be delighted to help, so please give us a call on 01202 498900 to let us help with your arrangements.”



Guide to a Green Wedding

On Sunday February 26, the award-winning Green House Hotel is hosting an Alternative Wedding Fayre to showcase environmentally friendly suppliers that won’t cost the earth.

Florists to photographers will fill the luxurious, four-star hotel in Bournemouth with organic, fair-trade, recycled and vintage wedding wares to inspire brides-to-be to be considerate in their wedding choices.

Sarah Pavett, event manager of The Green House Hotel, said: “As the UK’s greenest hotel, we wanted to create an Alternative Wedding Fayre to illustrate the many ways that couple can make sure the planet doesn’t pay the price for their special day. A thoughtfully planned menu for the breakfast, organic wedding cake, recycled or FSC stationery and a vintage or even organic wedding dress all gain eco-points.”

Designer bridal brand, the House of Tammam, will be displaying a selection of eco-couture wedding dresses for the bride who cares about the planet as much as following fashion.  A trailblazer of the eco-luxury movement, all Tammam wedding dresses are a perfect marriage of style, quality and sustainability.

Head designer, Lucy Tammam, revealed: “We are really excited to be showing our eco-dresses at the Green House hotel Alternative Wedding Fayre. So many fantastic sustainable suppliers at an amazing location, it will be a great day for southern brides and grooms-to-be who want an ethical aspect to their wedding. It is a great opportunity for us to reach a market outside London who might not know we exist and are able to create gowns for them.

Travel agents from Responsible Travel will be on hand to help happy couples pick an exceptional honeymoon, which is as kind to the culture of the country they are visiting as it is to the holidaymaker.

General manager of the Green House hotel, Olivia O’Sullivan, added: “We are looking forward to hosting so many companies who share our ethos and still provide a wonderful wedding experience. The Green House itself was recently voted the top wedding venue in southern England by The Independent. It really is a stunning venue, providing attention to detail and luxury that is unrivalled in Bournemouth.”

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Fine dining for Bournemouth’s finest

On Thursday January 20, the Green Room restaurant in Bournemouth hosted an exclusive evening of fine dining to introduce head chef Andy Hilton.

Based in the award-winning Green House Hotel, the Green Room treated 50 invited guests to a complimentary three course meal, paired with a selection of fine, organic wines.

Olivia O’Sullivan, general manager, said: “The event was a great opportunity to showcase Andy’s culinary expertise and to introduce the sumptuous setting of the restaurant to a selection of the south’s business leaders.”

Secret singing waiters serenaded guests as they dined on crab tortellini, followed by New Forest venison, and one lucky person won a bottle of Furleigh Estate Cuvee Classic in the prize draw.

Guests also learnt about the green ethos at the heart of the Green Room. Olivia O’Sullivan explained: “As a business it is very important for us to minimise our impact on the environment. All the dishes and drinks guests enjoyed were fresh, seasonal, sourced locally and where available, organic.

We are delighted that the restaurant has been so well received, and the fact that some of our guests have already made bookings to come back again speaks volumes.”