How to Have an Eco-Friendly Wedding (part 1)

If you want to plan a wedding which leaves you feeling totally guilt-free about the environment, here are ways to have an amazing eco-friendly wedding.

Normally, weddings don’t tend to be hugely eco-friendly events as there might be a lot of throwaway décors, plastic packaging, and food waste, not to mention the carbon footprint of all your guests there.

Nowadays, there is an increasing number of couples who are looking at ways of having an eco-wedding or adopting some eco-friendly ideas in order to make their wedding day bit more sustainable.

From finding a green wedding venue to using local wedding suppliers, these eco-friendly wedding ideas can give you a fantastic theme when you save you money, give your guests food for thought, and tie the knot. The key thing is that preparing an eco-friendly wedding should not feel like a chore, which these brilliant ideas don’t.

If you want your wedding day to be green from start to finish, or you are looking for just a few of eco-elements to give your wedding an ethical twist, although these eco wedding ideas don’t require much effort, they can give a big reward.

1. Choosing Eco-Friendly Wedding Venues

Your wedding venue choice is one of the biggest factors in having an eco-friendly wedding. That doesn’t mean you need to sign up to compostable loos and a tipi if they are not your things.

An eco-friendly wedding venue doesn’t have to be on a farm or field. It might be simply a question of reducing the amount of material and energy used to bring the day together. Here are some tips to find an eco-friendly wedding venue:

Choose a Location Close to You

Because the biggest carbon footprint of your wedding day is from travel, if you can find a suitable place near most of your guests, that will be the biggest win in planning an eco-friendly wedding.

Find a Sustainable Venue

Instead of transporting a venue like a marquee, find a permanent building such as a barn, hall, or country house. If they regularly host events, they will have the infrastructure set up to well adapt to your eco wedding, such as recycling facilities and good contacts with local suppliers.

The top wedding decor trends for 2019-2020

While the groom and bride spend months on choosing what to wear, a wedding planner does the same to try to put up a picture-perfect do. We write down here the top wedding decor trends for 2019-2020.

Floral All The Way

When it comes to any celebrity wedding, you might instantly visualize a floral backdrop that is designed as a photo-op spot. However, the current trend is moving towards more elegant floral styles that use textures and incorporating little details about the couple as well as the family. The wedding decor can be layered with fringes, ruffled, or self-textured fabrics. Pampas grass has become a large part of aisle décor, lounges, and tablescapes. The key is to keep the floral look restrained and you should not overdo it.

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Keep it Green

Sustainable and environment-friendly weddings have become an increasing trend. There is a fact that high carbon footprint and humongous wastage are caused due to wedding decorations; therefore, there is an immediate need to adopt more ecological wedding decor ideas such as installing solar lighting units at the venue, using locally sourced florals, or using recycled seed paper for wedding cards.

Tropical Treat

If you want a beach wedding, a tropical wedding decor will be perfect for you. There are a few ideas to create a tropical treat for your wedding by using a mishmash of color and rustic elements. For a beach wedding, you can use elements such as fun stalls, wooden boxes, and bohemian style beds instead of the traditional dining tables.

Retro Chic

Nowadays, people are opting to keep their wedding more personal and customized. Retro is in these days when one might see that more typewriters are being used for wedding decor rather than typing. Another idea is to put the wedding cake or flowers on an antique sewing machine table while cocktails might be served in pickle jars or mason jars. Additional, a vintage theme might also include beaten metal vases and mirrors with Victorian frames.

Easier Wedding Planning With These Game-Changing Apps

When the sheer excitement of your wedding has fully set in, the truth is that now you are tasked with planning a memorable party for your guests. Gathering wedding pros and guests in one place is an ideal that can feel incredibly daunting, but now you don’t have to leave your own home to pull off your celebration from the comfort of your house. These game-changing wedding planning apps and services will make quick and easy work of all your planning duties.

Zola

There are a lot of brides and grooms that have been buzzing about this all-in-one wedding brand since its inception in 2013. Zola makes the wedding planning process almost enjoyable thanks to features including free wedding websites, a registry service, and picturesque wedding paper. Use this app to browse thousands of products and experiences as well as create a limitless lift of coveted registry items. You can choose to discreetly ship or return any products or services that are given at a later date to accommodate your schedule.

Available: free for both iOS and Android devices

AllSeated

AllSeated is a virtual reality template which takes the guesswork out of seating your guests to visualize the layout of your venue. The app’s immersive technology helps you to bring your venue to real life thanks to a 3D designed floor plan offering to-be-weds a glimpse of the party layout before the big day comes. Import your guest list into the tool for seamless creation of seating charts in order to create a floor plan in minutes.

Available: free for both iOS and Android devices

Trello

If you are stumped on the exact pre-wedding task that you should tackle first, use Trello. This app offers to-be-weds with their to-do list by supplying list, cards, and boards in order to help you prioritize your pressing wedding planning tasks.

Available: free for both iOS and Android devices

Amazing Reception Ideas For A Memorable Wedding Night

Another wedding season is coming, and during this special time of the year, we seem to be traveling from one wedding to next like that our loved ones all tie the knot. If you are planning your own wedding in the coming time, it is time to take notes and pick up different tips and tricks from the following list of the most amazing wedding reception ideas.

1. Try long tables

People often use smaller and more intimate tables throughout the reception for their wedding, why not try another route by putting in long tables. If your wedding venue allows for longer tables, it may be a more suitable route to take. Mixing and mingling larger tables will cultivate interactive wedding guests.

2. Set up a dessert bar

The cake at a wedding is not only a popular tradition but also one that can satisfy sweet teeth everywhere. But there may be guests who want to indulge their sugar addiction a little more. So   I recommend you set up the dessert bar. There’s no shortage of delicious sweet treats from cookies, brownies, and macaroons to offer your guests.

3. Have a photo booth

One of the most popular wedding trends in the present is the iconic wedding photo booth. Whether you rent equipment or hire a specific photographer, there are different ways to carry out a photo booth for your wedding.

We also recommend you use both digital and physical copies of the photos for your guests. They may lose their physical copies as the wedding night carries on but still love the images to remember the night.

4. Welcome guests to take off their shoes

Dancing for hours in heels can be painful for your guests, so make them more comfortable by providing sandals or slip-on to change into when they remove their heels.

5. Serve custom cocktails

Creating custom drinks crafted or inspired yourselves can spark and portray your own personality so much. It let your guests know your spirit of choice and also help you lean sweet or sour, or even savory.

Tips for Wedding Planning Organization

It is no doubt that wedding planning can be overwhelming. You might have ever wondered why some professionals can make it their full-time job when there are a lot of details that go into making an event like this. These following tips will help you keep track of your to-do list, spendings, and communications to prevent everything from slipping through the cracks.

1. Create a wedding binder

Besides apps and online features, sometimes it’s also great to just go old school. Having a physical copy of your inspiration, vendor research, contracts, to-do lists, etc. helps you keep nothing get lost in the interweb. It also helps you have a nice memento to look back. Just imagine flipping through the pages with your daughter when she plans her special day.

Moreover, combining everything into one binder helps you know exactly where everything is. For example, if you forget what color napkins you have chosen when you are looking at chair sashes, you won’t have to dig around to find it because all your information is kept in one handy-dandy wedding binder.

2. Use spreadsheets

Spreadsheets are a wonderful gift to everyone. Keep track of your guest list and who has RSVPd. Enter formulas to automatically calculate your budget. With Google Sheets, you can also share bridal shower ideas and more. Additional, if you want to delegate any tasks to your family and friends, you can keep track of what is getting done with online checklists.

3. Make a wedding email

Having an email dedicated solely to your wedding communications has a lot of benefits. First, when you tie the knot, you don’t have to unsubscribe from all the newsletters, vendor lists, and advice columns that you have been getting. You can easily deactivate or sign out of that address. Second, you don’t have to dig through a variety of Skimm updates or Bath & Body Works coupons to find the DJ you were emailing. Third, you can easily sort through your emails by creating folders within your inbox, including one folder for budget, one for contracts, one for appointments, one for invoices, one for helpful blogs, etc.

Five Wedding Ideas for Athletes and Sports Fans

If you are the kind of people who are all about sports, you surely want to let that shine at your wedding.  Here I want to share five creative ways to have a sporty wedding with you as well as other sports-loving couples to start the brainstorming. 

Wedding Day Workout

For running athletes or fans, a day isn’t complete without a run, so naturally they want to take a shake out run the morning of their weddings. Besides runners, there are also the ladies heading to the yoga studio, guys hitting the basketball court or the golf course before the start of the day. So, consider a little sporty fun before getting ready for your wedding if you want.

Portrait Props

For those who love all things related to sports, including baseball, football, or tennis, to illustrate their love of the game, they might choose to bring out some sports-focused props during the portrait portion of their wedding day. This allows them to show their personalities as well as the sports that they like.

Place Cards

There are a lot of details in the reception that can be designed to show off your personalities. You can use place cards that feature your favorite athletes, from football stars to baseball players or anything else. Your guests will get a little sporty-ness along with their names and table assignment.

Place Card Holders

When selecting the place card holders for athletes or sports fans, there are some kinds of place card holders that celebrate the soccer, football, baseball, or basketball stars. These will be fun giveaways for their guests to bring home.

Table Numbers

Tables can be numbered or named after all sorts of things! Sporty couples can name and number their tables after their favorite sports players. Make sure that the table numbers are sequential so that guests can find their tables easily.

The Simple Wedding Planning Checklist (part 2)

 

Step 5. Have The Parties Before the Wedding Party 

Before you’re in the final stretch of wedding planning, get ready for any escape, especially with your friends. Now it is the time to plan a bachelor party! Take time to celebrate you and your hard work with your support group, even by just a relaxing night with your friends and BBQ.

Step 6. Make Final Tweaks

The final portion of planning for wedding is the time that you have to buckle down and get through the minutiae. Now that you finalize any rental orders and catering updates, have your guest count confirmed. Move to the step of final dress fitting and make sure it’s what you had exactly envisioned. Put all your thank-you gifts and those favors together. Send your photographer a detailed shot list so that he knows exactly what to anticipate.

One important tip: In case you’re overwhelmed, this period is the perfect time to call upon your family members, friends, and wedding planner to help you manage all the remaining items on your wedding checklist. Set final expectations with the wedding party team, go through those arrangements, meet your officiant, and make sure any premarital counseling to be completed. In addition, finesse any legal details such as your marriage license, name change documents, etc… It might feel like a lot, but you’ll cherish this period of time once it’s over.

Step 7. Rehearse, Eat, and Be Married

Finally you made it! The days next to your wedding day should be as stress-free as possible, so if you realize that you forgot anything at this point, let it go (especially if it’s small). Because you tackled the biggest decisions first, your wedding will be yours. If there is anything that goes wrong during the wedding festivities, designate a point person in advance, for example, a planner, a maid of honor, or your best friend to suppress the stress.

 

The Simple Wedding Planning Checklist (part 1)

 

Wedding planning checklists can be very useful, but they also have a lot of extra details that may stress you out more than help you out. This simple planning checklist that’s part cheat sheet and part secret weapon for planning your wedding will be an ideal progress report for you.

Step 1. Make Your Biggest Decisions

It is usually said that you need to choose a venue first. But it’s not easy to do that without having a date in mind as well as a budget. In fact, these decisions are codependent, that it will serve you best to tackle these choices first. As soon as you’re going to start planning, you should choose your date, set your budget, and pick a venue at once.

Step 2. Get Personal With Your Wedding Style

Once you’ve made the big decisions, you can start with more granular things like guest list, invitations, flowers, attire, etc. But it is unnecessary to waste your time with an all to-do list. Discuss with your partner, outline your priorities, then use The Knot Wedding Planning Checklist tool to create your own personalized wedding plan. You will get a clear vision of next steps, wasting no time on irrelevant details.

Step 3. Send Out Your Invitations and Make Your Own Wedding Website

When you have decided your date, venue, and wedding vision, send the invitations to your guests. In conjunction with alerting your guests, you should create a wedding website which shows all of the relevant details regarding your wedding so that your guests can have all the details and consider a thoughtful gift, too.

Step 4. Select the Other Essential Vendors

Now it is the time you can make those additional and essential vendor choices. Find the dress, look into party attire, and contact a tailor, as well as find your ideal florist, DJ, and caterer.

How to Plan a Wedding in a Short Period of Time (Part 2)

  1. Find a wedding dress.

Planning a wedding in a short period of time means that perhaps you will not have much time for multiple fittings and custom orders, however, that doesn’t mean you don’t have any good options. You can even take home a designer gown from bridal salons with you the same day as your purchase. Or you can check out any popular ready-to-wear stores that offer wedding-worthy white dresses. 

  1. Decide on a suit.

Like the wedding dress, you won’t have much time to go custom, however, there is the option to rent a tux. If you want to purchase a classic suit, try Brooks Brothers or any number of stores such as Zara or Top Man for trendy styles. Or you can try searching for a tuxedo online for your wedding.

  1. Tell your bridal party what to wear.

We suggest you to choose a wedding style and color and then asking your bridal party to find the closest match. For example, have your best friends wear a knee-length dress in navy, or a flowy chiffon dress in pink. Or just ask them to wear their favorite from their closet. The guys can wear tuxes, or wear their own suits with matching ties to coordinate the look.

  1. Create an outline of all the other vendors you need to hire.

Perhaps this is the toughest task when preparing your wedding, especially in such a short period of time. At least, you are going to want to find a photographer, videographer, band, florist, or cake baker. You can search for professional vendors in your area on The Knot Marketplace. Or if you have a favorite photographer, ask them to recommend all the other vendors. Another option is to check out GigMasters in order to find and compare prices for entertainment, rentals, and other vendors.

Tips to Organize a Casino-Themed Wedding

Among hundreds of wedding themes to choose from, a casino-themed wedding is rather unusual, but it is really fun and impressive. Organizing a casino-themed wedding is not easy, however, on the upside, no wedding theme is easy to organize, so you should not lose hope. Write down a list of all casino traits you want to include to your wedding, and do not forget to read these casino-themed ideas to dazzle.

Opt for a stylish wedding, not a cheap one

Forget about organizing a wedding themed after 1995’s Casino, your wedding party should be organized in a Casino Royale fashion to become far more memorable. However, you should inform your guests about the kind of party you are planning because they might not get the idea right. For example, you can inform them that the party will be a flamboyant black-tie affair. Then, they will understand that the event will be impeccably stylish so that they should be incredibly well-dressed for the occasion.

Of course, you should create an authentic atmosphere by using colors traditionally used in casinos. However, remember that if you rely too much on traditional casino colors, your wedding may end up looking less stylish than you want it to be.

Consider holding the event in a casino resort

If you have attended a wedding, you may have clearly known how sloppy things became when the reception and the ceremony are held in two different places. Well, casino-themed weddings allow you to organize the whole thing in one place.

There are a lot of classy hotels with captivating staircases and exuberant chandeliers – the perfect place for wedding photos. Moreover, casino resorts have a luxurious interior and are usually incredibly flamboyant.

Choose appropriate food

You can proceed to choose a suitable menu when you have ensured that the atmosphere and the surroundings will well correspond with your wedding theme. You can do this easily by choosing some signature dishes which would be found in Las Vegas casinos on the Strip.