Archives for August 2011

7 Simple Tips To Help You Plan A Green Wedding

Although every couple wants to have a dream wedding, most also want their wedding to be as  environmentally friendly as possible. This is not as challenging as you may first think – just take a look at these 7 ways you can enjoy a wonderful wedding day while doing your bit for the planet.

1. Wedding Dress

It always seems a shame that you only get to wear your gorgeous wedding dress once. Wouldn’t it be great if you could wear your wedding dress time and time again, long after your wedding is over?

Well, thanks to French designer Hanna Hartnell you can. She has come up with what she calls her ‘Double Dare Gown’. This is a beautiful silk wedding gown which is completely reversible.

Because the dress is lined with a different colour silk, reversing it means that you can you can wear it to many occasions such as other people’s weddings or cocktail parties.

http://www.herecomestheguide.com/blog/we-double-dare-you/

2. Wedding Stationery

When planning your save-the-date cards, wedding invites, and thank you cards, look for companies that use recycled paper. Or better still, why not send on-line invites and ask people to email their responses? Or you might even like to set up a wedding blog that you could update at regular intervals.

www.greenleafpress.co.uk

3. Photographs

The age of digital photography means you can avoid wasteful film and all the chemicals that need to be used in film development. Ask your guests to post the pictures they take on the Internet, and don’t put disposable cameras on the tables.

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4. Favors

It’s always difficult trying to come up with something original to give your guests. And just as difficult to find a gift that is Eco-friendly or ethically produced. So why not consider giving them a plant or a sapling.

A sapling packaged in a rustic hessian sack and tied with white ribbon is not only a beautiful favor, but can also be used as a place setting. This is a gift that will last and will always be a reminder of your wedding day.

If you would like to give plants, wildflower seeds or saplings as favors at your wedding, here are 2 great websites to check out

info@treebeginnings.ca
www.thelittlegreentree.co.uk

5. Flowers

If you decide to have real flowers for your bouquet and floral displays, try to use blooms which have been locally grown, and not imported flowers which will have clocked up air miles.

Of course, if you wanted to be really green you could choose silk flowers, but if you want fresh flowers buy ones which have been grown organically and not sprayed with chemicals.

You can find out more about organic wedding flowers by checking out this website:

www.californiaorganicflowers.com

6. Wedding Cake

Finding an organic wedding cake is really easy these days. And most cake suppliers can now offer cakes made using free-range eggs and wherever possible, fair-trade products. Most of the ingredients are locally sourced and organic.

Gone are the tacky, plastic bride and groom which stood on top the cake. Instead the cakes are finished to compliment the colours and style of your wedding, and topped with seasonal fruits.

http://www.thenaturalweddingcompany.co.uk/cake.htm
http://www.honeyrosebakery.com/whyorganic/

7. The Honeymoon

If you are determined to have a ‘green’ honeymoon, then of course your choices of destination are a little more restricted. But you don’t necessarily need to honeymoon on your doorstep.

There are now several travel agents which specialize in environmentally friendly holidays. They can plan you a holiday in an overseas location, but show you ways you can offset your carbon footprint when you are there, such as staying in the smaller hotels and eating in local the restaurants.

This not only helps the local economy, but will be less expensive for you.

If you would like to find out more about environmentally friendly honeymoons, here are 2 websites you should check out:

http://www.greenbrideguide.com/eco-luxury-tours-adventure-honeymoons-and-volunteer-vacation
http://www.greenbrideguide.com/

So planning a ‘green’ wedding is not just good for the planet, but it can be fun sourcing everything you need.  And the results will be very satisfying knowing you have done your bit.

So till next time,
Take care

Jennifer.

The Best 7 Books To Help You Plan Your Wedding

A good book can be a great help when you are about to plan your wedding, but with absolutely dozens and dozens available on the subject, how do you know which ones are genuinely helpful? Well, to help you decide I’ve put together a list of my top seven wedding planning books.

1. Wedding Bible Planner by Sarah Haywood

I think this book is one of the best planner/organisers I have ever found. It’s author, Sarah Haywood is a well known wedding planner, so of course she knows everything there is to know about planning a wedding.

One of the things I really like about this book is the fact that it is a ring binder (with a very useful wipe-clean to-do list) and this enables you to move the sheets around and insert cuttings from magazines etc.

There is also a section dedicated to the questions you should ask vendors. Questions that would never even have crossed your mind.

There are tips such as how to get the most out of your budget, and seating arrangements and what to serve……..oh I could go on and on. I’m sure with the help of this book, planning your wedding will be great fun and won’t seem such a mammoth task.

2. The Step-by-Step Guide To Planning Your Wedding by Lynda Wright

I think this book covers almost everything you need to know about planning a wedding. It contains a great countdown calendar which goes from one year through to the actual wedding day.

And if you are a list girl, then this is the book for you. It’s just jam-packed with great check lists and guides for you to follow, making it easy for you to mark things off as you do them. This way you won’t forget anything.

There is a section in this book which tells you everything you need to know about both civil and church weddings, and also has lots of information on marrying abroad. So if this interests you then you will find this book a very useful tool.

3. The Groom’s Guide (You and Your Wedding) by Maia Morris

Maia Morris (author of this book) seems to think that planning a wedding is extremely stressful for grooms-to-be (yeah right) and so has devoted a section of this book to advising the poor things how to cope!

But on a more serious note, there is some good information in this book.

It contains lots of good ideas and suggestions for things like speeches and planning a honeymoon, oh, and would you believe, what to wear on the day (OK!)

But all joking aside, for all men who are about to become husbands, this book covers just about everything they need to know about a man’s role in planning a wedding.

4. Wedding Planning for Dummies by Laura F. Kaiser

When I read this book, I was pleasantly surprised at the vast amount of information it contained, so I had to put this one in my review. There are some very interesting chapters in this book.

Chapter 7 is full of useful stuff about creating a foolproof wedding day schedule, and chapter 22 is dedicated to the importance of taking photographs and videos for posterity.

And there are ten great tips for saving money in chapter 23, followed by the final chapter which is called Ten Tacky Temptations We Beg You to Resist. Intriguing!

In a way I found it a very refreshing read because it tends to leave the reader feeling that there really are no rules, and it’s definitely ok to have the wedding that you want.

After you have read this book you will realise how much fun planning a wedding can be, and you will probably find yourself dipping in and out of it quite often. If you buy this book I’m sure you will feel it’s money well spent.

5. D.I.Y Wedding by Kelly Bare

The sub-title of this book is Celebrate Your Day Your Way, and I think that is exactly what you can do after you have read it. This book promises you lots of money saving tips, and it certainly keeps it’s promise. So if you are on a tight budget this could be the book for you.

You will be amazed at just how much you can do yourself, and how much money you can save just by doing simple things like making your own invitations.

There is great advice that you can follow from the day you become engaged through to your actual wedding day, and even beyond your honeymoon. It also tell you the best way to negotiate with vendors and contains a list of useful websites that can help with things like:

  • receptions
  • ceremonies
  • rings
  • flowers
  • food and drink
  • photographs
  • invitations
  • wedding attire
  • shoes

The information in this book makes it easy to have a big wedding on a not so big budget.

6. The Pocket Wedding Planner by Elizabeth Catherine Myers

This little book is a real gem.

It just about covers everything you need to know about planning a wedding with good advice and tips on how to cut costs on things like:

  • venues
  • catering
  • wedding cakes
  • wedding cars
  • hen nights
  • stag nights
  • photographers
  • invitations
  • decorations
  • discos
  • wedding attire

This book is so reasonably priced it’s a must-have for every couple that are planning a wedding. If you are looking for a book that will take you step by step through to your perfect day then you really should own this book.

7. A Modern Girl’s Guide To Getting Hitched by Sarah Ivens

I have to confess that if I had to pick a favourite from all the wedding planning books I have read this would be it. It’s a book that tells it like it is, and although it points out the potential pitfalls it gives loads and loads of good advice.

And when things get a little bit stressful and you feel a bit overwhelmed, pick up this book and read some of the little anecdotes from real brides. This is sure to put a smile on your face. The chapters on dealing with parents, speeches and picking bridesmaids are really helpful.

And although this book offers good solid advice it is written in such a humorous, light hearted way that you will often find yourself laughing out loud. A must read for every bride- to- be.

These are just some of my favourites, but there are many more out there. And whatever your budget and whatever kind of wedding you are planning, you can be sure there is a book that will help you. Find a whole range in high street or online book stores.

So till next time,

Take care
Jennifer.

7 Great Places To Get Married In New York

For many people, New York is the most exciting city in the world, and this is why so many couples decide on New York as the location for their wedding.

If you like the idea of a New York wedding, but you’re not sure of the specific location, check out my top 7 places in New York to tie the knot:

1. Ellis Island

This small island in New York Harbour is thought to be the most important part of America’s history. Between 1892 and 1954 over 12 million immigrants passed through the portals of this island to begin a new life.

So what better place than Ellis Island could you choose to start your new life as husband and wife?

2. St. Patrick’s Cathedral

Although New York boasts churches of all denominations, it is home to perhaps the most famous catholic church in America, St. Patrick’s Cathedral. This magnificent building can accommodate up to 2200 people, and has a constant flow of visitors throughout the day.

So if you decide to hold your wedding here you could have a very large number of guests. But if you prefer a smaller more intimate ceremony you can make your vows in the Lady Chapel at the back of the Cathedral.

3. Central Park

Central Park is arguably the most famous park in the world, and within it’s 843 acres of landscape are some great landmarks. But perhaps the one that is most popular with couples marrying in the park is the Boathouse in the centre, just a short stroll from 5th Avenue.

4. Empire State Building

Surely this must be one of the most exciting locations in the whole of New York to hold your wedding ceremony. But sadly, only a very few lucky couples get to exchange their vows here.

Weddings ceremonies are only performed on one day a year – Valentines Day, and only 14  couples are lucky enough to be chosen each year.

5. World Yacht Wedding Dinner And Cruise

This must be one of the most romantic ways to get married ever. It begins with a ceremony on the deck of the yacht, followed by a dinner cruise. The 3 hour cruise will take you down the Hudson River, taking in the views of the New York night time skyline and the waterfront of New Jersey.

6. The Plaza Hotel

What about following in the footsteps of celebrities like Catherine Zeta Jones and Michael Douglas and holding your wedding at the Plaza Hotel. Weddings are usually held in the grand ballroom or the terrace room where opulence comes as standard.

This hotel is luxury personified and promises you ‘an experience that is truly indulgent, exquisite and truly unforgettable’.

7.Manhattan Helicopter Tour

This is definitely something different – exchanging your vows as you fly over Manhattan in a helicopter. During the 45 minute tour over New York city, you will get spectacular views of the many skyscrapers, the Yankee Stadium, New York harbour, Central Park and the Statue of Liberty.

These are just a handful of the many locations where you can get married in New York. So as you can see, finding the locations is easy, the problem is choosing one.

So till next time
Take care

Jennifer.