Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Green Weddings 2011: Green Centerpiece Ideas

The Best Green Centerpiece Ideas

Planning a wedding is one of the most exciting times in your life, but there are so many details to attend to that it can seem a bit overwhelming. One of the details that shows off your style the most is the type of centerpieces you use at the reception. Not only should they say something about you and your new spouse, but they should also be beautiful pieces your guests actually want to win and take home with them. Most brides plan some kind of giveaway with the centerpieces at each table, so opt for something with a classic elegance.

One of the most popular trends in centerpieces now is to go green with your centerpieces. If the rest of your wedding is eco-friendly, then it’s best not to skimp on the centerpieces at the reception hall.

Earthy and Green Centerpiece Choices

One of the simplest ways to incorporate green options into your centerpieces is to use candles made from an organic material like beeswax. Beeswax smells amazing, and by promoting organic materials in candles, you avoid all the petroleum products that are usually used in the manufacture of candles. If you can find locally made beeswax candles, it’s even better.
Another option (and sometimes the most expensive one) is to find a florist who specializes in locally grown, organic flowers. Most florists don’t pay much attention to what happens to their flowers before they receive them. They just want full color blooms that take your breath away.
It’s important to look for locally grown flowers first because you’re reducing your carbon footprint by not purchasing flowers that have been transported. Organic is important because it means you are not supporting the use of pesticides on flowers. Nature was turning out beautiful flowers before we ever started using pesticides, so there isn’t much reason to support their use now.
If you aren’t particularly interested in floral arrangements, then you could always opt for centerpieces made from organic, locally grown fruit. This is the perfect idea for fall weddings when harvest is often the theme of gatherings. Also harvest time means that local fruit is in season, which means additional points in the eco-friendly category.

Truly Green Centerpieces

There are also many green options for those who have chosen the color green as one of their themes. Green is a great color for spring weddings because it not only symbolizes new life, but also pays homage to all of the greenery that starts appearing during the spring season.

Wheat grass makes for a very simple and usually inexpensive centerpiece option. It offers simplicity while still showing off your eco-conscious lifestyle. Moss orbs are also very fashionable and provide a simplistic, yet elegant way to bring a bit of the outdoors inside your reception hall.

Guest post by Rebecca Parker from The Wedding Planning Guides, a site dedicated to sharing practical (but fun) advice to brides and grooms throughout the ups and downs of wedding planning.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Your Royal Wedding

As we all know the nuptials of Prince William and Kate Middleton are quickly approaching on April 29, 2011. There is something in all of us who get a kick out of fairytales especially if they are beyond the pages of our favorite childhood books.

Every bride is a princess on her wedding day, and while Kate will be a princess beyond her nuptials, you most certainly can implement royal elements for your moment in time.

The Dress

When I think of a princess I always envision the ball gown dress, you can envision the elegant movement of your dress across the dance floor during your first dance as man and wife. You should however keep in mind your body shape and what type of dress will flatter you best. There are always other elements that you can include on your gown to give you the royal feel, in the event that a ball gown wedding dress is not best for your shape.

The Accessories
Wedding Tiara 42956
by SparklyCrystal 34.99

No princess is complete without her crown, tiaras a readily available in a multitude of styles and price points. When purchasing keep in mind any gems that might be on your wedding dress and the color of your dress as well. Remember to have your crown when you are ready to work with your hair dresser so that you pick the perfect hairstyle for your crown.

When choosing your jewelry keep in mind your hairstyle, and the style of your dress. There will be so many options for you, but please resist getting them all. There is such a thing as overdone.

The Venue
Oheka Castle, Huntington,ny

Choosing your venue will of course be tied to your budget, I would not recommend going over budget just for a venue, you have to live beyond the wedding. There are plenty of venues that are beautiful that will work within your budget. However, if your budget can afford a venue specific to your theme, consider a castle.

Take a look at a list of castles in the USA perfect for your royal wedding.

The Invitaions

Your invites ushers your guests into your day. It gives a glimpse into what your guest can expect for that day, they build excitement. Princess themed invitations are very popular and you are sure to find the right one for you.

As with any theme there is the possibility to go overboard. Take your time and select unique elements that will stand out and not overwhelm you day. Take your time and look for just the right items, don't buy the first that you see because you are sure to come across something you like better or maybe it is a better value. Enjoy your planning and enjoy your day because you are a princess who has found her prince and when all is said and done it is all about your love story.

Be Inspired by a fairytale...

Friday, April 1, 2011

April Wedding Giveaway

I celebrated my 40th birthday in March and I thought that I should extend my celebration for a couple months. Well I thought that I would continue my celebration by giving away a gift. I recently wrote a blog post on tile wedding jewelry. The creator of the wedding jewelry has graciously offered to give one of her necklaces for an Inspired giveaway. Happy Birthday from me.

To enter for a chance to win, here is what you need to do:

1. Visit our sponsors page Bashful Bliss

2. Navigate through the site, come back and leave a comment about your favorite necklace. (hard to pick just one)

3. Like them on Facebook

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* If you share this giveaway on your blog, twitter or facebook or follow this blog. Make a comment and you could earn extra entries.

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