All posts tagged: planning

Eco-Friendly Bridesmaid Gifts

  Having your friends stand beside you on your wedding day is truly an honour. These people have been a part of your life (maybe for a lifetime or a short time… doesn’t matter) but these are the people (or person) that you’ve asked to stand with you—so how do you say thank you? The “thank you” aspect of the wedding process is crucial. The “thank you” etiquette as stated by Emily Post’s 18th edition (highly recommend this book for anyone interested in etiquette) the “thank you” should be done in writing and done quickly (Post 630). For the bridal party gift giving timeframe there are typically two times that are traditional to give the gift. The first is on the morning of the wedding while you’re all getting ready together and the second is at the rehearsal dinner where you would give the gift after you toast each of your attendants. Now that you know the importance and the traditional etiquette of the “thank you” you might still be at a loss as to what to …

BIGGEST Wedding Etiquette Pet Peeve?

Recently, I had an online discussion with a great group of people regarding Wedding Etiquette Pet Peeves. While the discussion was a little heated here and there, overall, it was a great opportunity to air out some frustrations, recount personal experiences, and consider cultural differences around etiquette (some of these faux pas are completely unacceptable in certain areas, while other areas would never consider them to be an issue). Why do we care about etiquette? There are many expectations that arise when one is planning a wedding and while there are certain traditions that people may choose to change or forgo altogether, the discussion of being a good host, and being a good guest, is always a worthwhile conversation. I’ve heard many people say that etiquette just isn’t important anymore because it’s outdated, but etiquette is constantly changing to keep up with the times. Etiquette is a guide to teach us how to be polite and I think this is certainly something worth considering (and practicing)! Being polite is never old fashioned. Etiquette can feel …

Tale as Old as Time…

Working with a few new clients this week 🙂 It is such a privilege to learn the backstory of so many friendships—how they met, their favourite stories or favourite songs they share… Taking these histories and making them into a meaningful and special story for my client to deliver back to his or her friend is honestly just so cool if you’re interested in having me write a speech for you please click here). Every story is unique and that uniqueness makes the writing process so exciting. I only wish I could be there when it’s delivered! People ask, “What formula do you use to write these custom speeches?” and this question always makes me laugh because while there certainly is a basic outline to use when writing a speech (people you need to acknowledge, certain special memories to recall, and of course actually toasting the happy couple—you’d be surprised how many people forget this!!), there is no copy-and-paste routine to these speeches—there just can’t be. Once a person hires me, I send my client a …

The Biggest Wedding Planning Stressor

I asked a sample of people (some who are already married and some who are in the process of planning their wedding day) what the BIGGESTS stressor was for them during the planning process. For today I’m just focusing on the graph itself however, in a future post, we’ll be going a little bit deeper with the data. I received 92 responses and have complied the data into a pie chart for you all to look at: There were eight categories and from the 92 people asked I found that the three biggest categories for wedding stress were: Budget/Money (27%) Guests (25%) Conflict with Families (25%) The Budget category is fairly self explanatory as it’s including any sort of stress incurred by money related issues. The Guest category included issues with people incorrectly RSVPing (or failing to altogether), guest etiquette, seating charts, etc. and the Conflict with Families category included any type of conflict occurring between your family or between your partner’s family (with the possibility of the two having issues with one another). What do you think? …

6 Eco-Friendly Jewelry Shop Highlights!

For some people finding the right jewelry can mean the difference between liking and loving their wedding attire. But finding the right piece can be tricky. With all the different choices available the decision can be overwhelming (and this added on top of all the other choices you have to make can seem even worse!). However, one easy way to narrow down all those choices is looking for pieces that not only match your style but also compliment your eco-friendly vision. What should you look for? Items that are upcycled from old materials (like vintage pieces being remade into something new) Pieces made from recycled materials Fair/direct trade items Items developed through ethical practices (mining can obliterate landscapes, and creates tons of waste) Developed with low energy or low toxic cost Still feeling overwhelmed? Take a look at these fantastic artists from Etsy whose work embodies what it means to create eco-friendly art: For jewelry made from recycled/upcycled pieces check out: DiBAjewelry on Etsy. The shop’s artist and creator, Dianne says: “I have been recycling my …

Green Wedding Ideas–Part 2

Happy Monday! Here is Part 2 to the How to Plan a Green Wedding series. Part 2 focuses on the suit, bridesmaid dresses, rings, and flowers. Attire Part 2 – The Suit Rent the suits. Reuse perfectly good items. Use what you have. Choose a general color idea and see what everyone has in their closets already (or what they can borrow from other friends). Attire Part 3 – Bridesmaid Dresses Choose off the rack dresses that have a higher chance of being worn again and that are more likely to go on sale (I found my dresses at Sears on sale for $60 each and 4/6 girls have worn them again!). Choose a color scheme and have them find a dress they like that they would wear again (even better if they already own a dress in that color). Mix and match is easy and can look very nice and uniform (I get to do this option for a friend’s wedding and I am very happy about it). Find brands that are made from eco-friendly materials …