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10 Photo Save The Date Ideas

Photo Save The Date Ideas

Scrabble Tiles and Vintage Typewriter Keys on Apples

Photo Save The Date Ideas

Date on a String!

Wrap Around

On The Run

Letter Perfect

Vintage Inspired Burlap Pennants

I Shoe!

And It Was Written

Chalk and Boots

Tree Huggers

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Incorporating Vintage Fabrics

It could be a meaningful piece of fabric–from the favorite dress of a beloved grandmother, perhaps–or just a print that caught your eye while you were hunting up some mason jars at the thrift store. However that gorgeous vintage fabric found its way into your heart, you can use it to add charm and beauty to your wedding decor.

If you’re having a rustic farm-style wedding, use your vintage fabric to cover up hay bales for seating for your guests.

Image: W. Scott Chester Photography

Vintage fabric, suspended and then draped like a canopy, can make a dramatic backdrop for your cake or dessert table.

Image: Rebecca Thuss

The perfect pattern can be hung up on a clothesline, and used as a background for a fun photo station for all your guests. Have your photographer set up times for each set of guests to show up and have their pictures taken, so no one gets lost in the crowd!

Image: Real Green Weddings, Woodland Wedding, DIY Charm

Depending upon how much of the fabric you have and how well you (or a crafty friend or family member) can sew, the possibilities are endless: table linens, chair covers, and chuppahs are just a few ideas. You can even use fabric for gift wrapping to cut down on expensive and wasteful wrapping paper.

If you only have a bit of special fabric, consider using it to bind your bouquet in an elegant and meaningful way.

Image: April Joy Events

You can also cut out small pieces of your fabric to serve as backing for the flowers in the mens’ boutonierres. No matter how you use that beautiful vintage fabric, it will add a lovely and personalized green touch to your decor.

Author: Green Bride Guide

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Eco-Bling for your Wedding Ring!

If you’ve decided you want to forego diamond rings with gems mined in third world countries, you can find many options for conflict free diamonds and recycled metals. Do your research before buying the perfect ring and find an eco-friendly jeweler. Look for companies that are green certified and have fair trade practices for all workers.  Buying your rings from a company that suits your values and taste makes this trip to the jeweler even more special. Purchasing a ring made with sustainable materials is a great way to go green for your engagement and will make a statement at the wedding.  You don’t have to limit your jewelry choices to just rings. You can also choose from sustainable pendants, bracelets and earrings for you and your bridesmaid’s jewelry!

If you don’t want the typical diamond wedding ring, there are plenty of different colored fair trade gemstones and even semi-precious stones. Look for stones that have not been treated with chemicals and are in their natural raw form. The mass production of metals, crystals and beads can leave quite an impact on the environment. If you don’t like the appearance of certain recycled metal rings or you just want something entirely unique, you can find many jewelers that make rings from wood. There are plain wood wedding bands or some with silver inlaid into the center for some extra eco-bling!

Photo Credits: Pearl necklace and ring on leaf from Brilliant Earth, Recycled sterling silver fair trade sapphire ring and stackable rose gold moissanite stone ring from McFarland Designs

Author: Green Bride Guide

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Chic Eco Interiors: Beyond Bamboo

Chic Eco Interiors

Chic Eco Interiors

Eco interior design has come a long way since bamboo and hemp, a modern environmentally friendly interior will now be as sleek and stylish as any other.

There is a growing trend in interior design, just as with almost every profession nowadays, for specialists in environmental issues within the sector. Before climate change became one of the hot topics in the media, there was an unfortunate stigma attached to environmental concerns, particularly in the professional environment, and to a certain extent, that is still the case.

However, although for many people, the phrase ‘eco interior designer’ will conjure up visions of bamboo and hemp, things have moved on somewhat. In tandem with the burgeoning green technology market, environmental interior design is now capable of being just as chic, sleek and modern looking as ‘normal’ (read: unconcerned with the environment) interior design.

Rather, eco interior designers are now worth their weight in gold, possessing as they do a wealth of knowledge about which materials will contribute most to lowering the carbon footprint of the property, both in their transport and in their contribution to energy efficiency, as well as of structural issues that will affect energy efficiency.

Eco interior designers will be concerned with both the carbon footprint of the project itself and the long term sustainability of the finished product. Given that new environmental legislation is being introduced all the time concerning property, although there is no obligation to take the environment into account when commencing a project at the moment, it is very likely that at some stage there will be certain environmental requirements that all properties must fulfil.

Making such changes to a property is much harder than implementing them from the start, so it is worth hiring an expert now if you are doing work on your house or commercial property to save you trouble and expense further down the line – aside from the obvious benefits of reducing your energy bills and doing your bit towards lowering our carbon output.

The vast increase in understanding of the environmental factors involved in interior design projects means that the result of hiring an eco interior designer will be just as stylish and sleek as any other good interior design project, but with the bonus of knowing that everything in the property is optimised for the lowest environmental impact.

This may come at more of a cost, both because the interior designer will have expertise not shared by all of their contemporaries, but also because the materials themselves (and possibly method of construction) may be more expensive. However, as many environmental experts are keen to point out, in the long term this will be recouped by lower energy bills. It may also save you doing more work to the property as more environmental legislation is brought in, so the question is, if you’re thinking of hiring an interior designer, why not hire an environmentally aware designer?

Author: Nick Lewis

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