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Eco-Friendly Wedding Ideas on a Budget
When you plan a large event, like a wedding, you might be surprised by how much waste you produce by the end of the day. Leftover food, empty bottles, plastic packaging, abandoned decorations and party favors… not to mention the fuel required to ship items from distant locations.
If you are environmentally conscious and want to reduce the impact your wedding has, it can be intimidating once you start looking at the cost of green alternatives. Planning an eco-friendly wedding while sticking to your budget is a challenge, but you can do it with a little advance planning and creativity. Here are a few ideas to help you throw a gorgeous wedding that represents your values and stays within your means.
Green Wedding Planning Tips
Remember that not everything has to be brand new to be beautiful. Vintage and thrifted items add stylish and unique touches to your wedding, while reducing your footprint and your expenses. Look for a one-of-a-kind vintage wedding gown on Etsy, or shop at garage sales or thrift stores for antique vases for table centerpieces.
Keep the future in mind.
While shopping for everything from wedding jewelry to reception decorations, ask yourself, “Will I ever use this again?” Avoid cheap, flimsy items that you’ll throw away after your wedding day. Look for opportunities to reuse items in the future. For example, choose wedding jewelry you would wear again for a fancy dinner out or potted plant centerpieces that double as wedding favors.
Choose a naturally beautiful setting.
To save money and reduce waste, opt for a wedding venue that has its own natural decorations. Get married in a botanical garden or a funky art museum where the decor is already stunning.
For a more eco-friendly wedding, cut down on the amount of transportation needed. Plan the ceremony and reception in the same place or within walking distance of each other.
Use Paperless Post or a similar service to create elegant paperless save-the-dates and invitations.
Pick green wedding vendors.
Ask your wedding caterer, florist and other vendors if they offer any environmentally friendly options. For example, can you find a caterer who will use mostly local products, offer many vegetarian options and compost food waste? Can you find a florist who will make bouquets only from local, in-season flowers?
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8 Instagram Accounts to Follow for Wedding Planning Inspiration
Instagram, with its neverending feed of stunning photos from around the world, is ideal for an inspiration boost when you are planning your wedding.
Not sure what style of men’s wedding bands or bridal ring sets to choose? Having trouble making decisions about flower arrangements or invitations? Instagram has the answers to all of your wedding planning questions.
Here are just a few of our favorite Instagram accounts to follow while planning your wedding:
It’s OK if you get a little misty-eyed when scrolling through this one. It features photos of “proposal stories, engagement rings, and all things love,” and you can tag your own proposal photo with #HowHeAsked.
This feed is beautifully curated with photos from real weddings and links to wedding planning tips, with a focus on personalized details.
This California-based event design company has a swoon-worthy lookbook of everything from floral arrangements to inventive space design.
Fans of “Say Yes to the Dress” will need no convincing. Drool over Kleinfeld’s incredible selection of wedding gowns.
Warning: do not look look at this account if you are hungry! Sugar Flower Cake Shop in New York City creates gorgeous cakes with realistic-looking sugar flowers.
Scroll through an extensive collection of wedding dresses, bridesmaid dresses, wedding jewelry and other details, plus photos of real weddings.
This artisan letterpress shop creates handcrafted wedding invitations that jump off the screen.
Of course no list would be complete without our own fabulous Instagram account! Follow to find your perfect rings - including diamond engagement rings, women’s wedding bands, men’s wedding bands, trio ring sets and bridal ring sets.
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Ideas for Wedding Day Attire: Something Old, New, Borrowed & Blue
There are many different ways you can find your own unique something old, new, borrowed and blue. Here are a few ideas to get you started!
This item can be an accessory you already own and love or something vintage you find secondhand. Start by looking through your own closet and jewelry box to see if you have a pair of shoes or a bracelet or a shawl that would complement your wedding attire. Then search at antique stores, thrift shops and Etsy stores for unique vintage finds. You can also take pieces of lace or material from a secondhand piece of clothing and use it in your wedding outfit. For example, make a handkerchief from the lining of an old coat belonging to your father, or sew lace from a thrift store dress onto your clutch.
This should be the easiest one to check off your list! You’ll likely be purchasing at least one new piece for your wedding day attire - from your dress and shoes to your veil and wedding jewelry.
An especially meaningful way to honor the past is to wear a borrowed item from a close family member or friend. This might mean incorporating something your mother or sister wore on her wedding day or a memento from someone who has passed away. Choose to wear one piece of wedding jewelry from someone special to you - earrings, a necklace, a brooch. You could also use jewelry as an accent on your bouquet or as hair accessories (transforming an antique pin into a hair comb for a fascinator, for example). Or wear a veil, headpiece, shawl or purse borrowed from a family member.
Even if blue isn’t one of your wedding colors, you can add a tiny accent into your wedding day attire. Wear azure or turquoise shoes (or paint the soles blue). Add blue stitching to your veil, purse, undergarments or handkerchief. Sport pale blue nail polish or eyeshadow. Incorporate blue flowers into your bouquet.
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6 Important Questions to Ask a Wedding Planner
Whether you decide to hire a wedding planner or not will depend on your budget, the type of event you are hosting and the amount of help you need. Some couples prefer to save money on a wedding coordinator and do more of the hands-on work themselves. Others think it’s a worthwhile investment to hire a professional to handle all the arrangements and details for a more stress-free wedding day.
If you do decide to use a professional wedding planner for your special day, do your homework in advance to make sure you find the right person for the job. A great wedding planner will do everything he or she can to make your wedding run smoothly so you can enjoy your celebration - whether that’s by getting the best deals from vendors or troubleshooting a crisis right before you walk down the aisle to exchange wedding ring sets.
Here are five of the first questions to ask a wedding planner before committing:
1. What wedding planning services do you offer? Do you specialize in any area?
Get an idea of what she offers clients. Does she customize full-service packages to each wedding - offering everything from event design to day-of coordination? Does she offer a la carte services or smaller packages as well? Does she handle coordinating rentals, vendors, contracts and all the details you want her to manage? Ask her to tell you about a few specific examples of different weddings she has managed so you can get an idea of her style.
2. Have you worked with our wedding venue or vendors before?
It’s helpful if he has worked on an event at the location you’ve chosen or has existing relationships with your florist, photographer or other vendors. But if you are still searching for service providers, he can also be a valuable asset in this process. Ask if he has strong contacts in certain industries, and get a feel for how he chooses the right vendors for a wedding.
3. Do you work alone or with a team?
Ask for a breakdown of her wedding planning team - what each person’s expertise is and what he or she is responsible for. Be clear on who you will be working with and who will be there on your wedding day.
4. How do you handle tricky situations or things that don’t go as planned?
This is one of the most important questions to ask a wedding planner, so don’t let him off the hook with a generic response. Weddings can have emotionally charged or challenging moments - guests showing up who haven’t RSVPd, flower arrangements showing up late, wedding ring sets getting temporarily misplaced by the best man. You want to know the wedding planner you hire can keep his cool and fix any problems that arise (preferably without you having to get involved at all). Ask for examples of times he’s successfully managed crises.
5. How does your wedding planning process work?
Ask her to outline how she usually works with her clients, including how often you will meet and the best way to communicate. Be clear about what you are looking for - if you need someone to take a strong lead with all aspects of planning, for example - and see if your two styles will algn.
6. How do you charge? Is there a minimum budget you work with?
Wedding planners charge in different ways - some quote a flat package rate or a percentage of the total wedding budget (often 10 to 20%), others charge hourly. Ask for a detailed quote, including any extra expenses, such as transportation or travel fees.
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How to Block Hotel Rooms for Wedding Guests
You can provide guests with a list of a few hotel options for different budget ranges, but it’s considerate (and will ultimately save you time fielding logistical questions) if you reserve a block of rooms at a hotel near your wedding venue. You can often get a discounted room rate for groups, and it’s convenient to have many guests staying in the same location. Here are a few tips on how to block hotel rooms for wedding guests like a pro.
Search for convenience.
A hotel that’s a 45-minute drive from your wedding venue won’t be ideal for out-of-town guests. Look for a hotel that is easy to reach from your venue on foot, by public transit or via a short taxi ride. Pay attention to handy extras offered by the hotel, like an airport shuttle, free breakfast or family rooms for people with kids.
Get to Googling.
Research different hotels in the area, and compare prices and amenities to narrow the choices down to a short list. Also search for any large events that are going on around your wedding day - games, conventions, graduations, conventions. Any event that will flood the city with out-of-towners can affect the supply and price of hotel rooms.
Look at different price ranges.
When blocking rooms for wedding guests who are already traveling for your big day, pay attention to cost. Find a hotel with mid-range room rates, or Consider reserving room blocks at two different hotels, one that is more of a budget option (appealing for your cash-strapped peers) and one that is a more upscale choice (better for your older, more established relatives).
Estimate rooms needed.
Look at your guest list, think about who is likely to come and determine a realistic number of rooms you’ll need. Call your short list of hotels, and ask about pricing for blocking this number of rooms - keeping in mind you will probably want the rate for at least one day before and one day after your wedding. Ask for a detailed list of conditions from the hotel to secure this rate - for example, what percentage of rooms will need to be filled to avoid penalty, what the cancellation limitations are, if there are any hidden fees, etc. Ask if it’s possible to get a comp room for you and your spouse-to-be when blocking rooms for wedding guests.
Set a cut-off date for room reservations, and let wedding guests know the details as soon as possible. Put the info on your wedding website if you have one, and tell guests to share far and wide.
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