The new year is here, and if you’re looking for the latest trends to incorporate in your upcoming I do’s, Recycled Bride has unveiled their top 11 tips for 2011, which marry economically- and ecologically-friendly wedding ideas:
1) Diamonds might be a girl’s best friend, but other precious gems can be great pals as well! Just like Prince William and Kate Middleton– who became betrothed with the sapphire engagement ring once worn by the late Princess Diana– emeralds, rubies and other stones can color your world with happiness.
2) Stylish slate signs will take the place of paper wedding programs, seating cards, and menus. Chalkboard signs can be made to look elegant and fancy or sweet and rustic, and can be created inexpensively at home using scavenged picture frames, chalkboard paint, and a little creativity.
3) No need to shop around for gifts and food for a reception repast– buy supplies and presents locally and shrink your carbon footprint.
4) Skip the expense of an excursion and enjoy a “staycation-moon.” Discover the romance of your own hometown as you explore your new life together as husband and wife with visits to local museums, theaters, parks and restaurants.
5) Intimate I do’s create less waste, offer more warmth, and give couples tons of flexibility when choosing a location. Small ceremonies range from elegant multi-course dinners in hotel penthouses to backyard barbecues featuring local bands and brews.
6) Add a nostalgic nod to your nuptials by wearing a cocktail-length wedding dress. Flattering and fashionable, a cocktail-length dress can be worn again, and many are just as formal and elegant as a long gown.
7) Save a tree by sending save the date and wedding invitations electronically. Glo is one ecologically-conscious company which offers interactive online reply cards, invitations and more.
8 ) Request “green” gifts. Many registries now offer ethically-made gifts, including the Green Bride Guide Shop and The Knot’s Gift Registry.
9) Look for veils to vanish from ceremonies in 2011 in favor of birdcage styles and unique hair accessories that can be worn again.
10) Family and friends will find themselves feasting their eyes on reception menus mentioning more vegetable- and grain-based meal options.
11) Brides and grooms and guests alike are selling and shopping at sites that share savings on wedding ceremony items.
For more information:
- visit www.recycledbride.com
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