Environmentally Conscious Wedding Ideas (2 of 2)

Earlier this week we talked about a few ways to plan more environmentally friendly weddings–we covered ways to reduce your footprint when choosing flowers and food. This post will cover a few more tips ranging from tabletop decor to your wedding gown!

+Things like baked goods and other consumables make excellent wedding favors.  This way, folks can still take something home, but you ensure that it’s something that will be used up and not another knick-knack destined for the landfill.  If you choose to do favors in the form of a candy bar or baked goods, be sure to choose recyclable or compostable materials for guests to take them home in.

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+Sometimes, the most environmentally friendly thing you can do is make sure items that already exist live a long, full life!  So consider heading to the resale shop, borrowing from friends, or even perusing your own home to see what kinds of things you can repurpose for your wedding.  Can you buy, borrow, or rent used vases and other decor?  Can you wear a vintage gown or have one made from fabric a friend already owns?  Can you and your fiance exchange vintage rings?  Get creative! All these ideas make great use of existing resources—and anytime you can manage that, you make a big dent in your environmental impact!

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+Invitations can use a lot of resources to create and send. If you’re going to plan a wedding with a lighter environmental impact, consider sending primarily electronic invitations to guests. You can always have a handful of print invitations made to keep for yourselves (and parents, close family, your bridal party) and any guests you think may have an easier time managing with a print invitation.  Customizable, beautiful electronic invitations are easy to find and becoming more and more popular!

What other tips do you have for planning an environmentally friendly wedding and reception? We’d love to hear from you! 

 

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Edible Fall Wedding Favors

 

The days may be getting shorter, but the list of options to thank your nearest and dearest for attending your celebration is growing. Your wedding favors doesn’t have to reference the season, but when it comes to fall, it’s so tempting to pick treats that the colder months have to offer. Below is a list of some of our favorite fall treats, which can also double as a great addition to your dessert bar!

Homemade Jam

Whether you buy it or make it yourself, give your jam a unique fall favor that not only looks the part, but tastes great too. Try one of our local favorites Quince and Apple as they offer a ton of great seasonal options.

Caramel Apples

The quintessential fall indulgence; caramel apples. You can either individually package them as a to-go treat, or create an apple dipping bar stocked full of yummy toppings.

Maple Syrup 

Mini bottles of tapped maple syrup are a great way to add a local flavor to your special day. Plus, they can double as a super cute escort card.

Coffee Beans 

Miniature packages of coffee are sure to be a crowd-pleasers and are a gift your guests will actually use.

Popcorn 

Is a fail-proof favor to give your guests something to snack on. Plus with today’s vast variety of gourmet popcorn you will find the perfect flavor combination that describes the two of you.

 

 

 

 

 

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DIY Wedding Favors: After the Ceremony (2 of 2)

As your guests slowly leave the dance floor and return home after a day full of fun wedding festivities, they will love to grab a handmade gift from the bride and groom. DIY favors are a great way to save money, yet still create something beautiful that all your guests will enjoy. Here are a few ideas any crafty couple will love to create!

Food

Spinning away on the dance floor will leave your guests looking for something to satisfy their late-night cravings. Leave them with something they can munch on all the way home. Put these simple ingredients in a bag decorated with your wedding’s colors, attach a cute phrase, and you are sure to have a crowd pleaser on your hands.

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Flowers

When your guests take home flowers from your wedding, they are sure to think of how much fun they had when they see them bloom time and time again. They make a great favor for any rustic or natural wedding!

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Stick with your Theme

Continue the theme of your wedding straight through until the end by having your guests take home a theme-inspired favor. Whether your theme is nautical, rustic, or eclectic, there is a DIY favor for every wedding.

For the rustic wedding:

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Here is the link on how to make your own pinecone fire starters:

http://somethingturquoise.com/2014/12/12/diy-pinecone-fire-starter-favors/

For the nautical wedding:

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For the eclectic wedding:

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Here is a link on how to make your own CD covers:

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DIY Wedding Favors: Before the Ceremony (1 of 2)

There is nothing your guests will love more after a long day of travel than a little treat when they check into their hotel. Welcome bags are a great way to introduce your guests to your wedding. You can pick items that represent the theme of your wedding, the city your wedding is in, or simply items you and your partner enjoy. Pick up items as you see fit to spread out the cost and personalize the bags with the colors of your wedding. Prepare your guests for a weekend of fun with these welcome bag ideas!

Local Tourism Guide with List of Hot Spots

During their free time, show your guests your favorite spots in town. Including a map of local attractions will help your guests easily navigate the city. Feel free to contact your local chamber of commerce to see if they will provide maps or coupons for local attractions.

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Wedding Timeline

In the hurry of packing, your guests forgot their invitation with details about times and events. Calm their worries by providing a list of all events and their times throughout the weekend. Your guests will love staying in the know and are sure to be comfortably seated by the time the bride walks down the aisle.

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Food

Is your city known for its mouth watering popcorn or delicious taffy? Include it in your welcome bag and give your guests a taste of the city. Putting snacks in colorful bags that reflect the theme of your wedding is a simple way to prevent hungry guests. Here are some other ideas you can include that are simple to mix together: trail mix, pretzels, or handmade snack mix.

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Drinks

Nothing is worse than overpriced mini-bar drinks and waters. Help your guest save some money by including bottled waters or mini shots in your bags. Also, think about throwing in your favorite coffee or a local roast to give your guests a pick me up after a long night of twirling around on the dance floor.

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Silly Party favors

If you provide your guests with a local tourism guide than what better way to help them document their trip around the city than with a disposable camera. You can collect the cameras at the end of the weekend to see how your guests spent their time during your wedding. You are sure to have some silly pictures that will be great keepsakes.

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Here are some more welcome bags we love!

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Thanksgiving Wedding: Make A Wish (2 of 2)

In our last blog post we had mentioned a few advantages to having a Thanksgiving wedding. If those didn’t win you over, we have even more ideas on why this holiday is a wonderful day to celebrate the marriage of two lovebirds. As we mentioned late fall isn’t in the typical “wedding season”, but this allows for a wide variety of options for the couple to choose from. Great venues may offer discounts on rental fees and/or food and beverage in this slower time of year. The holiday is a time for parties, so some caterers offer a special holiday catering menu.  This “holiday catering” may be less expensive than the traditional “wedding catering”. Another great way to save money during the holidays! People are always looking for a great meal on Thanksgiving, why not have your wedding be the place they enjoy their holiday meal?161Wishbone-Placesetting-by-PartiesforPennies.com-4

Still pondering on the question of what ideas you can use to tie in Thanksgiving theme? Allow the guest to feel a part of the big day by having one of the party favors be a wishbone! The guest will be able to make a wish that they can hope to come try this next year. The New Year is closing in on us and we all have a list of hopes, dreams, and wishes. This idea can put a smile on any guests’ face, no matter who they are! It also acts as a little extra décor for the table in a tasteful way.

These are just a few of the unique ideas that a Thanksgiving wedding can offer. Check out these pictures and website for more!
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His and Hers: 10 Signature Cocktails for the Bride and Groom

One of the hottest trends in weddings is having signature cocktails picked by the bride and the groom. These are usually served during cocktail hour with hors d’oeuvres. Whether you are serving these in mason jars, copper mugs, or traditional cocktail glasses, you can add a personal touch to each glass by using colorful straws, ribbon, or logos. If you invest in higher quality glassware, you can consider that as a guest favor, otherwise most rental companies offer several glassware options. No matter what drinks you both choose, you will be sure to find some crowd pleasers on this list! Here are some excellent cocktail picks to consider for your special day.

The Moscow Mule

This cocktail is traditionally served in a copper mug, and garnished with a lime wedge. It is light and refreshing, and loaded with flavor! It can be served all seasons, too! Ingredients: vodka, ginger beer, and lime juice.

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The Rosemary Maple Bourbon Sour

One word: amazing! This drink was developed by the creators of the Mason Jar Shaker, and is featured in the cocktail book: Shake. It is incredibly flavorful and would be perfect for Fall and Winter, although it is lovely all seasons. Ingredients: maple syrup, fresh rosemary, lemon juice, and bourbon.

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John Daly

Ever heard of an Arnie Palmer? This is the same idea, except it includes vodka. It is usually served during summer, and can be garnished with mint, or fresh fruit. Ingredients: lemonade, iced tea and vodka.

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Hop, Skip and Go Naked

This cocktail will make anyone a beer drinker! It is another wonder developed by the authors of Shake. It is perfect for an outdoor summer wedding! Ingredients: summer shandy (beer), simple syrup, lemon juice and vodka.

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Basil Lemonade

Refreshing, and herby. This cocktail makes a great signature drink at weddings. It is elegant, yet simple. Fresh muddled basil adds another dimension to a traditional vodka lemonade. Ingredients: lemonade, fresh basil, vodka or gin.

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Sazerac

Boozy and a lot of dimension! This New Orleans drink will certainly be an original on your special day! Ingredients: Sugar cube, Peychaud’s bitters, Angostura bitters, dash of absinthe, rye or American whiskey, and lemon peel.

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French 75

Sophisticated and light, the French 75 is a timeless classic served in all seasons. It will pleasantly surprise your guests! Ingredients: Champagne, sugar cube, St. Germain, lemon, and gin.

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Mint Julep

Similar to the Moscow Mule, the Mint Julep is served in a non-stemmed glass. This cocktail is light and refreshing, perfect for Spring. Ingredients: fresh mint leaves, bourbon whiskey, water, and superfine sugar.

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Pimm’s Cup

This is another great late-Spring early summer cocktail. A Pimm’s Cup is fresh and tasty. You can add extra fruit for garnishing. Ingredients: Pimm’s No. 1, lemon wedges, English cucumbers, seltzer water, and lemonade.

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Sidecar

Great for a Fall/Winter wedding, a sidecar is flavorful, and certain to please your guests. Ingredients: Brandy, triple sec or Cointreau, simple syrup, and lemon juice.

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Lucky In Love: Horseshoe Edition

Recently, we had the pleasure of working with newlyweds Veronica and Nathan.  Ever since their wedding, we’ve been obsessed with horseshoes.  They used old horseshoes as awesome wedding favors.  A used horseshoe, placed above a north or south facing door or window, is a sign of good luck and a traditional symbol of protection.  Hang a horseshoe at your ceremony or in your home with the open end facing up to catch the positive energy and good fortune that enters your home and to protect you from bad luck and misfortune. We just loved this clever idea – and the cute tags that went along with them to inform the guests of the history. It is always such a special and unique touch when you bring the elements from your everyday life to details of your wedding – this day is about you two, and it should show that! 

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