"It's not that I care so much about navy blue, but two years prior, our friend Anna had been married and two of my sisters and I had been her bridesmaids and she chose navy blue. Then my third sister Molly, who got married last year, just used the same color so we could wear the same dresses, so I did the same thing again." Because Molly didn't have a blue dress to wear, "she bought a white one for $15 and dyed it!"
Choosing one color is a great way to create a unified look while saving your bridesmaids money and decreasing the impact of your wedding on the environment. You can also offer a color pallet for a more diversified look.
Remember it is never too late to recycle anything from your wedding!
The Opportunity: If you are looking for a recycled dress for either your wedding or the night before, Gems & Jewels is donating 25% of their sales from the Spring 2008 Regal Collection to support Sister Study. The owner's sister has breast cancer and the sister study "is the only long-term study of women aged 35-74 whose sister had breast cancer." Definitely a worthy cause!
The Contest: The workers for Men's Wearhouse (tuxedo rental shop) factory in Canada are trying to keep their jobs. To help get the word out they are having a contest with a $500 prize. To enter you have to "Create a video, song, drawing, essay, or photograph which describes how your wedding will be eco-friendly and fair trade and send it to the Our Jobs Matter Bridal Contest!" The contest runs until July 1 - so start preparing your entries now!
As CEO Rob Bailey notes, "Every bride wants a fairytale wedding, but not every bride can afford to spend $30,000 on their wedding. That's why it's so important to provide economical alternatives to expensive bridal and retail stores.The bridal community is a tight one, and new brides understand the struggles that future brides face. And when they can share their ideas, suggestions, and even products, it gives everyone a chance to enjoy the possibility of a fantasy wedding come true."
I like the idea of a wedding-centered marketplace - where couples can buy, sell, and trade wedding items (and bid on services). My husband and I listed glassware, candle holders and even the pump mechanisms we used in our table fountain centerpieces. Here's to another great way to keep things out of the waste stream! Recycle you wedding!
Adding a "green choices" page to your website is a great way to let guests know about your eco-friendly efforts and get them excited about attending a sustainable event.
To find vintage glass beads for your own wedding project click here.
Jessica and Edward Fichtner got married a few weekends ago in San Diego. They had the wedding in Balboa Park, and the reception at the Prado, a historic mansion. To celebrate spring, they chose an orange, pink and green pallet and hired Sharon at Organic Elements to create vibrant displays using green hydrangea, bright pink hyacinth, orange tulips, orange ranunculus, pink freesia and green hanging amaranthus - all of which were in season and available locally. Sharon used the same flowers to top their lemon cake with buttercream frosting and instead of having favors Jessica and Edward set up a candy buffet to match. It was a huge success: "People loved it. They ate every piece so nothing went to waste!" To create the candy buffet, they bought bulk sweets and placed them in apothecary jars which they plan to resell (considering the fact that several friends have already expressed interest in reusing for their weddings it should not be hard!). What a fun and tasty way to celebrate the season. Photographs courtesy of Meurer Image Photography.