If you are thinking about including DIY elements in your green wedding, it is easy to make your own low-calorie, organic sweet & salty popcorn bark dessert. This bark can be broken up and placed in bags, making it a great edible wedding favor to take home as well. The recipe below, from GH Cretors Popped Corn, is easy and creates beautiful results. It blends whole grain organic popcorn with antioxidant-rich dark chocolate, making it delicious and festive.
Emily and Kristen were married on July 17 at The Webster Barn at Sterling Meadows Farm in Hyde Park, VT.
When my husband and I were planning our fall wedding in New England, we wanted to find a way to create an elegant eco-friendly woodland wedding cake using natural materials other than leaves. Our baker suggested real dried ferns - and we loved the idea! In the weeks leading up to our October wedding, we collected and dried ferns from our shade garden, and used them to create both a bed for our wedding cake to sit on and to decorate the frosted layers.
While the average American couple spends $1,500 on their wedding bands, many are looking for smaller, simpler, more affordable bands to say "I Do" with. The good news for green brides is that many eco-artisans now offer recycled gold, silver and titanium wedding bands for less than $200 - ranging from modern clean lines to more organic forms. Here are some of our favorite budget wedding rings from Green Bride Guide approved vendors:
Many green brides are looking to be eco-friendly from head to toe, but finding ethically-made wedding shoes can be a challenge. Many shoes are made in sweatshop conditions in China, are manufactured from non-renewable resources and held together with animal-based glues. If you want to step down the aisle in sustainable shoes style - here are a few great options for you: As you can see, there are ethical wedding shoe options for every style and budget - you just have to look!
If you are on the hunt for the perfect designer wedding gown but want to go green, you can have your cake and eat it too by buying a gown for a good cause. Brides Against Breast Cancer sells all brands of new designer and “gently worn” wedding gowns in all shapes and styles in order to raise money for education, nutrition, exercise, support and therapy for cancer patients, their families and caregivers.
If you are planning a DIY winter wedding, one easy way to cut costs and contribute to the event is to DIY organic winter wedding desserts or DIY edible winter wedding favors (which can be one in the same with a little creative wrapping and gift tagging). Organic baked goods are relatively inexpensive and easy to make - as you just substitute organic and natural ingredients where possible. Most of these items (organic flour, organic sugar, fair trade chocolate, etc.) can be found at Walmart and other large chain grocery stores.
Winter is a wonderful time of the year to get married, and what could say "white wedding" more than snowy winter wedding decor? Each snowflake is as unique as your love for each other, and like your wedding will be, snowflakes are beautiful, elegant and timeless.
It is fun to take winter wedding photos in the snow, but you can also bring the outside in with this fun and eco-friendly snowflake wedding decor ideas:
Every year, Pantone releases their Fashion Color Report, and this year's color pallettes are stunning. As they describe, "This season, cooler and softer color choices with subtle warm tones follow a minimalistic en plein air theme, taking a cue from nature." Now you can take your queues from both Pantone and nature, by including some eco-friendly elements from the hottest Pantone pallettes of 2015. Here are ideas to get you started:
Planning a wedding can be a totally exhilarating design experience. Brides and grooms have an utterly blank slate to fill with their favorite colors, fabrics, and design ideas to make their venue their own piece of paradise on their wedding day.