“The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.”
- Did you know that trees are the longest living organisms on earth?
One (a single) tree produces up to 260 pounds of oxygen a year. That is more than enough to supply oxygen to a family of four people. Make that a few thousand trees, and you’ve got an oxygen supply for a whole town
· Over the course of 50 years, a single tree can generate $31,250 of oxygen, provide $62,000 worth of air pollution control, recycle $37,500 worth of water, and control $31,500 worth of soil erosion.
Going Green with trees is an inspiring way to make your wedding day unforgettable and share with your friends and family just how easy, fun, & beautiful a sustainable lifestyle can be.
- 1 . Give guests the greenest favor of all: live tree saplings!
- 2. Tree seed in eco-box kits are versatile favors made with recycled card stock with your choice of 6 tree seeds that will grow in at least one US climatic zones.
- 3. Earth friendly tree seed packets wedding favors in recycled papers with complete growing instructions are amazing in a variety of colors & designs.
- 4. Tree seed embedded in biodegradable handmade paper tree cards are incredibly unique gifts, 100% plantable these are extremely “green”.
- 5. Go the natural route with Tree Centerpieces. Grow your own or visit a local nursery for a 3-4 year old mini-evergreen tree, in a decorative pot these are powerful “green” symbols of a sustainable lifestyle.
- 6. Plant tree Place card favors, combine tree seed favors with place cards, decorate reception tables with tree seed favor ornaments on tree branch centerpieces accompanied by your guest’s names.
- 7. “Fall in Love” tree seed favors. Personalized with your names and wedding date these eco-friendly seed wedding packet favors are a favourite for earth-conscious couples.
- 8. Decorate your reception venue with rented live trees from a local nursery or garden center. What a socially conscious way to support local business and bring the outdoors in any time of year.
- 9. Hanging tree favors/Place card seating with a crafty branch decoration. Outside the reception area hang your place cards/seed favors on a small tree with invisible thread and create an opportunity for fun finding their names on the cards with their table numbers.
- 10. Place an eco-friendly tree seed favor in a terra cotta pot at each guest’s table setting. Decorate the pot to complement your colors or style. Guests can take the seeds home and plant them in the pots.
Plant a “green” wedding favor and your wedding day memories will last a lifetime!
By Sheila Sheffield, Plant a Memory for a greener tomorrow!
Say it With Flowers
Although summer is the season most famed for the variety of its wedding flowers, there are still plenty of incredible options for flowers if you choose to have a rustic-style autumnal wedding. Fiddle fern has a wonderful rustic charm, and looks incredible teamed with rust and orange flowers. Alternatively you can opt for thistles for a natural feel or orange calla lilies if you want something very bright. Incorporate plenty of leaves and greenery to give the effect of bringing the outside in, and let nature be the driving force of your rustic autumnal wedding. It will look so effective, and will have people talking for months afterwards!
Wedding Favor Ideas
The incredible variety of options available for rustic fall wedding favors is almost endless. We love the idea of evergreen favors: write a personalized message to each guest and they can then plant the card and grow a beautiful tree to honor your special day. Alternatively, if you want something a little more colorful, why not try Iris flower bulbs which have a beautiful color and can be presented in either gift boxes or miniature burlap sacks. You can extend this favour into your theme, as burlap could be used to make napkin rings, be incorporated into your table centerpieces, and you could even use burlap table clothes if you want a really rustic-looking occasion. And don’t forget the power of herbs: they make amazing favors as well as adding wonderful fragrance to bouquets and floral displays.
September 17, 2013,
By Julie MacArthur.
Wedding trends for 2013By Mala Webber
Story Created: Sep 6, 2013 at 9:34 PM ECT
Story Updated: Sep 6, 2013 at 9:34 PM ECT
The trend for 2013 is all about sophistication and elegance – the formal wedding has become even more formal. Good-bye short dresses, hello full length gowns and black ties.
Vintage hairstyles and glamorous make-up
The trend in elegance this year also means sophisticated bridal hairstyles and make-up. For hairstyles: vintage hairstyles, elegant buns, side chignons and romantic, windblown styles are all big trends right now. Vintage styles take a page from hairstyles from the early 1900s. From intricate buns to simply ballerina buns, this trend gives a classic, sophisticated look. Side chignons are elegant with the sleek, deep side part.
One of the biggest make-up trends this year happens to be the nude make-up look. This look focuses on highlighting your beautiful features, using some light contouring but making it look as if you are not wearing any make-up. Another big make-up trend is the single feature focus. This involves downplaying most of your make-up while playing up one feature, such as your lips or focusing on the eyes. The smoky eye is a bold look for brides who want to make a big statement on their wedding day.
Glitter and lace wedding shoes
Sparkly shoes are most definitely in this year, along with vintage wedding shoes, mint green, lace and bold colours.
Classic colour palettes
Weddings this year are embracing a return to elegance and taking neutral colours to a new level. The neutral colour palette helps to create a classy environment and gives a feeling of simplicity which can look extremely sophisticated. Try cream & beige table linens.
Mint green is also one of the favourites this year since the pantone named ‘emerald green’ was named the colour of 2013. Mint green is fresh & crisp, but still subtle and goes with pinks & peaches really well. It also makes a great base colour for summer weddings.
Sleek black — incorporate it into cakes, table decorations and bridal dresses. You can even add it in subtly for those who aren’t big fans of black with hints of it in your decor & cake. Or try stripes which seems to be a favourite among brides as well.
Environmentally-friendly weddings are on the rise as every aspect of your nuptials—from the location to the decorations—can be green. While you don’t have to go to extremes to make your wedding eco-friendly, you can still plan the perfect green marital ceremony and reception. Here are a few a tips for throwing your ideal wedding that won’t leave a massive carbon footprint.
Eco-friendly Venues and Vendors
The venue is the most important part of any marital ceremony; however, most indoor event spaces like ballrooms and reception halls aren’t the best for the environment. Alternatively you could choose a venue that doesn’t use a lot of electricity, water and other products that are harmful to the earth. Opt for an outdoor location, such as a garden or on a farm, to exchange vows. Try having your wedding and reception in the same place to avoid the need to travel from one location to the next. Having your wedding during the daytime also helps cut back on electricity usage, and there are plenty of green hotels that offer energy-efficient appliances and biodegradable products. While you may not be able to get away with or afford serving a three-course vegan or vegetarian meal, having an environmentally-friendly menu is not out of your reach. Although organic foods are more costly, make the food and beverages you serve green by going with caterers, chefs, and bakers who use locally grown foods and organic alternatives. In addition, opt for in-season produce as most out-of-season fruits and vegetables are grown in heated greenhouses, which use electricity and fuel for transportation.
Green Decorations and Accessories
Be creative and innovative while protecting the environment. Avoid using
paper products that are made of non-recycled materials or skip the paper
altogether by incorporating non-paper goods like e invites for save-the-dates. Try
favors & invitations that have seeds embedded in them that your guests can plant.
Although you may think that your bridal bouquet and other floral arrangements
are the last thing you need to be concerned about when it comes to making your
wedding green, using certain flowers can do more harm than good. Pass on
flowers that are out of season and have to be shipped or choose seasonal
replicas that aren’t doused in chemicals or grown under harsh working
conditions. Use seasonal flowers and decorative
pieces, to decorate your venue and walk down the aisle with —a brilliant way to be green.