All posts tagged: natural wedding

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 …

Green Wedding Blues? How to Start Planning your Green Wedding Without Getting Overwhelmed

Green Wedding Blues? How to Start Planning your Green Wedding Without Getting Overwhelmed Does planning a “Green Wedding” make you feel overwhelmed to the point where you’d rather just give up? It shouldn’t. There are still many misconceptions about Green Weddings that would have you believe that you have to sacrifice things you love in order to have an eco-friendly day but that is just not true. Our Wedding, in June 2014, was eco-friendly and it was everything we could have hoped for! The important thing to remember is that your entire wedding does not have to be Green! You don’t need every last detail in your day to be eco-friendly (unless, of course, you want it that way!). Try to keep your plan in perspective and make conscious choices to reduce the size of your carbon footprint where you can. My suggestion to you would be to research information available on Green Weddings and see what options best speak to you. The best comprehensive resource that I have found is a book titled The …

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 …

Something Old, Something New: Wedding Recycling 101 (Part 2)

Something Old, Something New: Wedding Recycling 101 (Part 2) This is Part 2 of the Recycling series. Last week we looked at why recycling is important (including a chart explaining how long it takes for some products to biodegrade–click here if you missed it!) and tips for incorporating it into your wedding planning and some great websites to use for buying consignment wedding items. So, why is it important to consider using recycled materials? This quote from http://www.benefits-of-recycling.com sums it up nicely: “When paper and other suitable materials are recycled [the environmental impacts] are reduced significantly.” (“Recycling Paper.” Benefits of Recycling. N.p., n.d. Web. 10 May 2015.) 2. Use Recycled invitations (1. last week was “Buy Used”) Consider finding a seller who specializes in invitations made from recycled paper materials. A great example of a Wedding Invitation seller is MulberrybyMDCDesigns on Etsy. In my conversation with the Artist, Marni there was a really great quote used to describe the shop’s goal in terms of it’s Eco-Friendly efforts: “It’s always been important to me to show that there are little ways to make …

10 Bouquet Alternatives that make [Scents]

Two years ago when I was planning my wedding I noticed that when choosing wedding flowers there is a lot more at stake than just cost. Case in point, did you know that many cut flowers are imported from abroad and soaked in chemicals? (and that many of these chemicals are actually banned in the U.S. and Canada?!). Although flowers sure look pretty some of them can come at a hefty environmental cost. This certainly doesn’t mean that you can’t have real flowers for your wedding but make sure that you do your research and find out where these flowers are coming from and how they and the employees caring for them have been treated. For my partner’s and my wedding we bought the bridal bouquet and my bridesmaids bouquets off of Kijiji. They are silk flower hydrangeas with added vintage broaches. The best part about these bouquets is that they were used in a wedding before ours, then they were used in our wedding, and now we get to pass them forward for someone else to use–that’s at least 3 uses with one product! Brides and grooms today are fairy lucky (minus the planning …

From Bruised Boathouse to Wedding Worthy

Originally posted on The Green Rose:
Would you get married here? Because I did. Inside the nasty, but *lake front*, boathouse Newly engaged, my future husband, Richard, and  I escaped Chicago for  few days to stay at my parent’s cottage in Lac du Flambeau, WI, near Minocqua. While up North, we spend most our days bird watching, kayaking and reading outdoors. It’s the kind of place where you just chill, where listening to the birds and the wind in the trees is somehow enough, where your mind has time and space to wonder about the social structure of the chipmunk community and whether the woodpecker is getting bullied by the hummingbird. So, when Richard suggested we get married on top of the detached boathouse and have the reception inside, I was game. But when we checked out the walk-out depository in the morning, I had my doubts. The previous owner had used it to store junk and, apparently, practice “vertical gardening” or maybe just mold cultivation on the concrete walls. The top of the boathouse, essentially a large deck, was not…

Green Wedding Ideas–Part 3

The overall goal here at the Eco-Bride Project is to encourage wedding planners to reduce waste and to reduce the use of toxins and chemicals that the average wedding creates. I will help guide you to do this by following the basic reduce, reuse, and recycle principle (it’s easier than you may think!). Today we’re looking at a few eco-friendly options for your wedding’s invitations, decorations, favors, and gifts. Invitations Choose invitations that are made from (at least partially) recycled materials Check out Something New Stationary on Etsy: click here. Check out Mulberry Fields on Etsy: click here. Choose alternative material like bamboo or hemp. Skip all the extra inserts for your invitation and put extra information on a wedding website. Check out the Knot for a free wedding website: click here. Check out My Wedding for a free wedding website: click here. Although it’s customary etiquette to send physical invitations for the actual wedding, for any events surrounding the wedding opt for electronic invitation. (E.g. Try using Facebook groups to invite people to showers or bachelorette parties). Decorations …

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 …