Thank you for your interest in joining the Green Wedding Alliance. Membership is exclusively for professional wedding and event-related vendors serving clients in the Greater Chicago area. Our mission includes helping vendors to make their businesses greener and to help business owners network and become a source of referrals for one another. Membership's many benefits include:
- Listing as an approved vendor on this website
- Use of exclusive "GWA Approved Vendor" seal
- Networking with like-minded business owners at member-only networking events
- Opportunities to participate in popular green wedding shows and other educational events for consumers
The membership committee will evaluate all applications rigorously and not all businesses are approved. Though we won't give away the specifics of the application here, be aware that it goes beyond the run of the mill “Do you recycle?” questions. Businesses will be surveyed on many points, with different surveys for each category. Those that qualify for membership will receive a site visit by the committee to verify their green practices. Applicants who don’t demonstrate a high enough level of environmentally responsible business practices can request guidance about how to improve and will be invited to reapply.
How to apply:
To be considered, contact us with the following information:
- Your Name
- Business Name
- Vendor Type (see categories under “Approved Vendor List” for ideas)
- Business Email
- Business Website
- Business Mailing Address
- Business Telephone
- A brief statement explaining why you’d like to be considered.
Once we verify that you’re a legitimate business, we’ll keep your information on file and send you an industry-specific application to fill out during our upcoming application period. Although not all applications are approved, we’re glad to educate vendors and consumers. If we feel that your business isn’t yet up to snuff with our green standards, we’ll guide you through your problem areas and give you ideas for how you can improve.