Green Bride Guide

Green Bride Guide

With people becoming more Eco-friendly these days they are looking for new ways to help the environment. Kate Harrison, who I met at conference,  has a book with tons of tips to Go Green with your wedding, its called The Green Bride Guide. This book opens up your eyes and makes you realize how one wedding affects the planet. This has made me want to offer greener solutions to brides. Each week I will post a Green Tip for weddings. Hopefully this will start the Green Revolution. Also visit recyledbrides.com, this website is FANTASTIC! You can buy, sell items from your wedding. It can help you save money, or get back money on items you onlGreen Holiday Giftsy used once. Look for my Green Tips starting next week. Lets all Go Green!

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Peter Merry and Elizabeth Scott Daley gave us some great ideas for ways to entertain your guests at your reception. One of them was to use a photo booth, or flipbook. Guests can take pictures, or shoot a skit for a minute and it is then transformed into a flipbook. They can take these things home, and always remember your wedding. Also your videographer can do same-day editing, not every videographer can do this but there are some out there. In the first part of your reception play a video on how you met. At the end he can play the ceremony, and reception. Guests will be amazed by the fact they are in the video. If you’re the couple that likes to take risks you can do a first dance surprise. Start dancing to a normal first dance song, then in the middle break out some choreographed moves. It’s unexpected and your guests will love it!


Fresh almonds have a bittersweet taste, which represents life and they are covered with a candy coating. The sugarcoating is added with the hope that the newlyweds’ life will be more sweet than bitter.
ITALIAN WEDDINGS Five almonds signify five wishes for the bride and groom: health, wealth, happiness, fertility, and longevity. These almonds decorate each place setting as favors, tucked into pretty boxes or tulle bags called “bomboniere” that are often personalized with the couple’s names and wedding date. Greek weddings refer to them as “koufeta.”  They are placed in little bags in odd numbers and are served on a silver tray. Odd numbers are indivisible, symbolizing how the newlyweds will share everything and remain undivided. Tradition holds that if an unmarried woman puts the almonds under her pillow, she’ll dream of her future husband.

Five sugared almonds for each guest to eat
To remind us that life is both bitter and sweet.
Five wishes for the new husband and wife —
Health, wealth, happiness, children, and a long life!

To learn more about the history and production of Jordan almonds, visit www.jordanalmonds.com


Let’s make a few things clear about my blog, Details. You’re busy. I’m busy.
I don’t post daily about things that I don’t feel are helpful to my brides or potential clients
But I do understand that when you’re planning your wedding you want to absorb everything you can and get every great little idea possible to make your wedding celebration a unique, memorable event expressing you as a couple. One of the reasons you hire a wedding consultant is to save you time – so I can be checking all these blogs, staying current with wedding trends, and knowing where to get the right vendors and products for your wedding.  But I work with do-it-yourself  brides and grooms on limited budgets, so I don’t mind sharing information – that’s what blogs are all about.  So, if you’re not too busy, here’s a link to a blog that lists 100 top wedding blogs.
p.s. I’m fine with not making the list….


My daughter and I happened to picking up her Danskin Triathlon packet and wanted to see her friends finish Disney’s Muddy Buddy. But we stumbled on this wedding and became part of the impromptu guests.  If you’re not familiar with this event, you and a partner run and bike – alternating so one runs while the other bikes, then switch, and then you finish the race by crawling through a mud pit together. This couple met while running – so I guess that makes it appropriate for them. They decided to get married after completing their trip through the mud pit (and it was smelly).  So, Muddy Buddies for life – memorable, yes.

Would you do it?  What do you think?


What comes to your mind when you think of Washington state?  If it’s apples – you can see how Alicia and Ben used Washington state apples as the theme for their recent Daytona wedding.  Paired with eggplant, the color scheme transformed the ballroom at the Plaza into their place.  Alicia added a popcorn bar, complete with apple popcorn as one of the choices as guests made their own custom mixtures.  I don’t take credit for creating or designing any of this, but shows how a bride can plan it and Attention to Details can implement your plan when you’re busy getting ready.  The bride got a sneak preview before any of the guests entered to see her vision a reality.

  A fun wedding!


Engagement Ring Etiquette or Just Practicality?
I was reading this online poll and wanted to share the “practical answer” with you. Choices are:
a. Move it to your right hand. The traditional, proper etiquette answer is to move it to your right hand.
One respondent commented that her right ring finger is larger than her left – that’s particularly true if you’re right handed.
b. Remove it or leave it at home – why? You have a much better chance of losing it – and your wedding day is the best day in your life to show it off.
c. Leave it on your left hand. That gets my vote. NOT because you can change it later, but let’s help out our grooms here – that bling is a target for him. He’s not expecting it on your RIGHT hand or not at all.
But my secret tip here – put a little lotion on your ring finger just before the ceremony – AND the groom’s to help make that ring placement just a little easier. No lotion in the groom’s room – a dab of liquid soap will do.