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What to Consider When Planning an Outdoor Wedding

Things to consider before planning your outdoor Wedding. I can’t count the amount of time I’ve heard a couple say “we can’t afford much so we’re going to have an outdoor wedding.” While having a small BBQ in your backyard with a handful of friends and family will certainly save you money, if you’re still planning on a large guest count in a local park or on a farm, the task gets significantly more costly—potentially more so than renting an indoor venue! Consider the Basics Ceremony If it’s hot make sure there is some shade for your guests! Don’t line the lawn with cute hay bails and then watch poor Grandma and Uncle Joe pass out from heatstroke during your vows! If it’s hot provide fans (you can make your programs work double time as a fan too) Provide cool drinks if it’s hot and warm drinks if it’s cold. Cosnider encouraging guests to wear stylish hats Provide shawls if it could be cold HAVE A BACKUP. If it’s pouring rain, even if you’re ready …

Something Old, Something New: Wedding Recycling 101 (Part 3)

Something Old, Something New: Wedding Recycling 101 (Part 3) Happy Monday! This is the final piece to the 3 part “Wedding Recycling” series. Last week we looked at the invitations, rings, and the garments (if you missed it, check it out here). The week before that we talked about shopping used items (find the post here). Today we’re going to look at recycling and how to pay it forward as well as how to make recycling a part of your actual wedding day. My husband and I were very lucky with our wedding as we had a lot of help and support from our families and friends. Having the extra support allowed us to take our time collecting consignment and eco-friendly materials as well as have the extra help to put everything together! We believe that it’s important to pay that forward and, if you can, to donate your items (or make them available) to people who can really use them. There are a lot of great ways to help. You can donate gently used decorations or clothing …

Helping your Community Blossom: How Planning your Wedding can Strengthen your Relationships

There are, of course, many benefits to planning an Eco-Friendly Wedding. Planning a Green Wedding often means we’re looking to people (whether it be friends, family, or local community members) for supplies, information, and help. This can create a lot of opportunity for bonding over sharing personal experiences and resources. Green Weddings aren’t just good for the environment, they are good for our sense of community, too! We have several examples from our wedding. Our cake stand was constructed from materials at my Parent’s house by my brother. My brother can make something amazing from almost anything—he is unreal. The stand itself is very unique and was the center of much discussion at the wedding. It is very special to associate that stand with my brother and it was a very nice bonding experience to have something simple, like the cake stand, be made from upcycled materials by someone my husband and I care a lot about. Then there is my sister who is a very talented musician. I am, quite literally, in awe of how talented she …

Something Old, Something New: Wedding Recycling 101 (Part 1)

We’re told over and over again to recycle. Recycle our products, buy products that have been recycled etc. We’re told that this will help the planet… But how exactly? When we don’t know the reasoning behind an idea it can be difficult to understand why it’s important. Today I want to focus on recycling and why it’s important for our environment. I’d also like to suggest some great resources for making recycling a part of your wedding planning (most of them are online which makes shopping nice and easy!). When we choose to throw an item into the garbage instead of recycling (if it can be recycled) then that item sits on a gigantic pile of garbage waiting to decompose instead of being converted into reusable materials. I want to start by focusing on a few numbers to give us an idea of the amount of time that these items are sitting in our landfills. I found several of the numbers shocking especially the glass and the disposable diapers! The list that I am using can be found here …