Category Archives: Eco

Wedding Inspiration – Aisle Markers

by ForestCandleStudio

Here are some beautiful ideas for pew decorations / aisle markers to wow your guests when they arrive for your ceremony!

All are handmade and customizable from shops on Etsy. Click on shop name to see info for its item (listed in order of photos shown in rows, left to right, top to bottom).

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BURLAP

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1. Daisy Daze Design

2. Shannon Kristina

3. Soiree Supply

4. Pink Pearls White Lace

5. Butter Bean Vintage

6. Wedding Parties

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PAPER

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1. Alices Wedding

2. Shabby Papercrafts

3. Rose Flower 48

4. Blooming Bridges

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FEATHERS, FLOWERS, BOWS

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1. Kirahley Kreations

2. Lindas Wedding Frills

3. Superbuy4j

4. Silk Bridals

5. Creatively Carole

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ASSORTED NATURALS

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1. Smoky Mtn Woodcrafts

2. Miss Violet Weddings

3. Spotted Leopard

4. Jessmy

5. Beachy Chic decor

6. The Celtic Heart

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Happy Wedding Wishes,
Marcie Forest

www.forestcandlestudio.etsy.com
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Wedding Inspiration – For an Element of Nature

Element of NatureSee the full collection here.

For indoor and outdoor weddings, there are so many ways you can incorporate nature into your big day.

In fact, it can be the underlying theme, and you will not run out of beautiful options.

Here are some favorites of mine to inspire you:

 Natural Wood Wine Glass Charms

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Moss BasketMoss Flower Girl Basket

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By Keri O’Hara from Delaney Jewelry Designs

DelaneyJewelry.etsy.com

Facebook.com/DelaneyPhotoJewelry

Flickr.com/photos/delaneyjewelry

Pinterest.com/delaneyjewelry

Table Decor & Favors Part 3: Votive Candle Holders

by ForestCandleStudio

The wedding reception is a place to really let your personalities shine! Here are some awesome handmade votive and tea light candle holders for inspiration as you plan your table decor and lighting. After the wedding, what great favors for your guests to take home to remember you and your special day!

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Vintage Sheet Music Luminaries by Olden Designs

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Shabby Chic Country Upcycled Votive Holders by Huckleberry Vntg

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Hand-cut Paper Luminaries by Sugarplum Silhouettes

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Hand-sewn Mini Felt House Luminaries by Hunky Dorky

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Jute & Seashells Votive Candle Holders by Ters Just Beachy

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Etched Glass Bicycle Votive Cups by Fiddle Home

 

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Gold Leaf Votive Holders by Ma Belle Amie 1316

Btw, in case you missed them, here are links to Parts 1 & 2 of this series:
Part1: Silverware Holders
http://wedeclectic.com/2012/09/12/table-decor-favors/
Part 2: Place Card Holders
http://wedeclectic.com/2012/09/27/table-decor-favors-2/

Best Wedding Wishes,
Marcie Forest

www.forestcandlestudio.etsy.com
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Table Decor & Favors

Part 2: Place Card Holders

by ForestCandleStudio

The wedding reception is your grand party – for toasting the two of you, sharing food and drink with family and friends, and general merry-making all around. Such a party usually requires that you, the host, decide who should sit next to whom, to bring new and old friends together in the best way possible.

Place cards make it easy for your guests to know where you want them to sit. So why not choose place card holders that add to your theme and also make fabulous favors for your guests to take home? Planning your table decor items to do double-duty is eco-friendly and saves you time and money 🙂

To help you get started finding just the right place card holders, here are some delightful ones I found on Etsy. After the wedding, your guests can use these to hold photos, notes, etc., or as paperweights or decorative objects to display on a shelf or table. What a wonderful way to say thank you to your guests for being part of your special day!


Pirate Theme Wedding Place Card Holders with Personalized Cards by Cheralyns Woodworks


Customizable “Mr & Mrs Kiss” Place Card Holders by Pinned Together

Rustic Wedding Place Card Holders with Cards by Decadent Designs

Natural Sea Urchin Shell Place Card Holders by EcoLectic Events

Mini Moss Terrarium Place Card Holder by Vertigris

Treble Clef Place Card Holder by Homes and Weddings

 


Silver Pine Cone Place Card Holders with Cards by Fairyfolk Weddings

 


Wire-wrapped Bud Vase Place Card Holder by The Funky Shack

Btw, here’s the link if you missed Part 1: Silverware Holders
http://wedeclectic.com/2012/09/12/table-decor-favors/

Happy Wedding Wishes,
Marcie Forest

www.forestcandlestudio.etsy.com
www.facebook.com/ForestCandleStudio
www.pinterest.com/forestcandle

Table Decor & Favors

Part 1: Silverware Holders

by ForestCandleStudio

Your wedding reception is going to be the most fabulous party ever! But what happens to all those fun and gorgeous things on the table after the party’s over?

I’ve scoured Etsy for inspiration on wedding reception table decor, focusing on both functional and artistic elements that can do double-duty as favors for your guests. Not throwing items away is good for the planet and not having to get separate favors is good for your time and pocketbook! Of course another plus is that your guests will be reminded of your friendship every time they use them 🙂

For your reception there will be some type of food served, whether it’s a 5-course meal, a casual picnic, or simply dessert and beverages. So let’s start some ideas flowing about the tables’ place settings.

Here is an eclectic mix of silverware holders that would be perfect as decor & favors. After the wedding your guests can use these to hold a variety of items. What a wonderful way to say thank you to your guests for being part of your special day!


Monogrammed Silverware Pockets by Blue Pearls


Orange Burlap Silverware Holder by Home Goods A la Carte


Designer Fabric Silverware Holder by Taila Custom Designs


Burlap Silverware & Place Card Holder by Little White Boutique


Vintage Dictionary Page Silverware Holder by Full of Years

Embroidered Cotton Flatware Pockets by Cottage Expressions

 

Happy Wedding Wishes,
Marcie Forest

www.forestcandlestudio.etsy.com
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>A Warm Natural Glow

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Want to have a warm natural glow on your wedding day but don’t want to expose yourself to the harmful rays of the sun/tanning bed or get that fake sprayed look….. Then here is your Eco/Green Tip of the Day, Eat your YELLOWS, ORANGEs, and REDS.

It is a best to get a rainbow of colors in your diet but foods that NATURALLY have yellow, orange, and red (no M&Ms don’t count) will add a great warm color to your skin. You will not only look healthy for your special day, but also, these veggies have beta-carotene which is a type of pigment found in plants, especially carrots and colorful vegetables.

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Here are some more great benefits you will get from beta carotene:

~ Beta-carotene is converted to vitamin A which  is needed for good vision and eye health, for a strong immune system, and for healthy skin and mucus membranes. 
~ Beta-carotene is an antioxidant, It protects the body from damaging molecules called free radicals. Free radicals cause damage to cells through a process known as oxidation. 
~ Studies suggest that people who eat 4 or more daily servings of fruits and vegetables rich in beta-carotene may reduce their risk of developing heart disease or cancer.
~ Studies suggest that high doses of beta-carotene may decrease sensitivity to the sun.
 Post by Beccijo of TheEnchantedCupboard ~ Enchanting Wooden Toy and Cake Toppers

>Confessions of a Seam Ripper

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Consider this a very brief primer on upcycling /recycling dispelling a common misconception..

Recycled items should cost less.

This is probably one of the most common. You can go the DIY route then and yes it will be smaller cash outlay.Upcycling ,however, is a labor intensive process and as we’ve all heard ‘time is money’.

If you are working with textiles the amount of ‘woman hours’ that go into finding what you need is staggering .I go to my local thrift stores sometimes several times a week because good stuff gets purchased right away.(okay I like going too!) Usually I have a mental list of what I am looking for but keeping an open mind if I see something worthwhile. For me this tends to be any silk garment with an interesting color and sometimes pattern, though I usually go for the solids. For someone else it might be lace, or broken jewelry but you get the idea.

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Once purchased and after cleaning you sit down with the most important tools in your arsenal-the very high tech seam ripper. And a good pair of scissors. If you have ever had to take out stitching then you know how tedious it can be. It is a time suck to be sure but there is no way around it. Again-time is money.

It is easier to buy yard goods and cut your pieces from a nice flat consistent width fabric but they just don’t make fabrics like they used to or if they do they are prohibitively expensive, possibly milled in sweatshop conditions and spewing chemicals in to our environment.(Moment of gently preaching here)

So you see how much time and care goes in to preparation for an upcycled garment. I haven’t even gotten into the design process and the making process so you see that this is a large amount of labor. A labor of love.

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>Toms Wedding Collection – Green & Charitable!

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I did a little happy tap dance when i found out that Toms was coming out with a wedding collection. Soft, flat soled, comfy, do-gooder wedding shoes!? Awesome.

And did you know that for every pair of Toms shoes that are purchased a pair is donated to children in need? Eco friendly and charitable!

They even have wedges!

Happy shopping!

>Eco DIY Family Friendly Wedding

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Elizabeth and Joshua Goldapp decided to have a wedding to match who they are; fun loving, Eco-conscious, and family oriented.  Elizabeth’s advice to couples is to remember that the day is about you as a couple.  Your guests will appreciate a customized representation of who you are.  The amount you spend is not a representation of your commitment or love for each other.    Elizabeth and Joshua took this to heart and you can see it in all of the fine details of their amazing day.

The couple was married close to home by Elizabeth’s little brother (ordained online) at the Pinecone Amphitheater of the 4H Center in Madrid Iowa.  They chose this location because their money would go to a local organization they feel should be supported.  The Goldapp’s have been Wal-Mart free for more than five years and typically buy local and independent.  If they couldn’t buy local then they specifically purchased for the reduced impact on the environment or from an Etsy.com shop.  See the list at the end.   The BBQ dinner meat, cupcakes and flowers were all locally purchased.  They purchased an invitation template from Empapers on Etsy.com and had it printed locally on recycled paper.  Mason jars that decorated the tables came from freecycle.org a free classified site, where every item is free/given away.  Elizabeth’s beautiful diamond wedding ring was a deliberate ethical Eco friendly choice.   Her wedding dress is organic cotton and bamboo by Isadora.  Each option chosen for this wedding clearly represented how much the Goldapps respect the local economy and the environment.
Responsibility aside, fun certainly reigned at this wedding too.  An overall casual feel surrounds the guests with name tags (because seriously who knows everyone at a wedding), picnic style dining, paper lanterns, butcher block paper covered tables (with crayons for drawing of course), and to top it off matching Chuck Taylor shoes for the Bride and Groom.  Come comfortable was a clear instruction to the guests.  Sounds like my kind of wedding!  The favors were inspired directly by the bride and groom.  He has a passion for guitars.  She is covered in tattoos.  Each guest was given a custom guitar pick from www.steveclayton.com and a temporary tattoo.  Too cute!  I think their guests had a blast.  If they didn’t well…that’s their fault.

All the fun was for one reason; to bring the loved ones of Elizabeth and Joshua together to celebrate this union.  When Elizabeth was writing her wedding details to me I don’t think she realized how much her family was included.  It was especially touching to see that traditional family recipes were cooked and shared at the wedding.  Lefse for Elizabeth’s side and peanut butter balls for Joshua’s side.   I loved her explaining why her flower girl received a bubble gun instead of flowers.  (Extreme shyness Elizabeth thought could be thawed with the toy)  There was so much kindness and tons of thoughtful consideration to the comfort of those around her.  (Anybody notice the golf cart in the pics ?– easier travel for the Grandparents)  Tragically Elizabeth lost her father two years prior in Afghanistan.  She did an entire table of memorial photographs to allow even those missing to be a part of her and Joshua’s day.  These special touches are what make a wedding a day to remember.

Thank you to the Goldapps for telling us about your Eco DIY Family Friendly wedding story.  A special thank you to Chris Fowler and Michelle Boettcher for being ‘free’ photographers for a day.

Free classified: freecycle.org
Paper lanterns: www.lunabazaar.com
Temporary tattoos: http://www.tattoosales.com/
Table décor/art favors: http://www.etsy.com/shop/horseshoecrab


Krissy
Make Believe’N Wedding Alternatives LLC
www.etsy.com/shop/krissy167

>Resources for an Eco-friendly Wedding

>Whether you are you are just starting to plan or hoping to offset your destination wedding carbon footprint with a eco-friendly honeymoon, there are a million ways to go green with your wedding. Here is a quick list of a few fashionably eco-chic sites and blogs to inspire!

This site offers a wonderful planning guide for an eco-wedding A to Z!
ecowedding.org

A wonderfully elegant and inspiring place to shop for favors, decor and invitations.

Get your FREE Eco-chic wedding planner here!
myecochicwedding.com

If you are wondering about where to go for eco-friendly flowers – look no further!
organicbouquet.com