Category Archives: Recycled Wedding Details
Posted by johnna-patton on June 18th, 2015
Wedding lanterns bring glowing ambiance to your venue. What’s great about them is they are perfect for both indoor and outdoor weddings. Whether you hang them along the aisle, on the ceiling or make them your centerpiece, they have that charismatic effect the guests can’t resist. Today, we are going to make simple yet elegant mason jar lanterns that give a sophisticated vibe to your big day.
1. Mason jar
2. Electrical wire
4. Wire Cutter
First, grab about 13-inches of electrical wire. Using knife or cutter, slice the plastic coating to get the copper wire. Copper wire is one of the important materials for this project. You can also directly buy copper wire from the local store to save you from this task.
Now, you have a shining copper wire. Grab pliers and at one end of the copper wire, you will make a loop. Hold the one end and twist it around until it looks like a pea shape. Wrap the copper wire around the neck of the jar. Then, hold it halfway around and bend the wire. About 1/2 inch from the bend, cut the wire using wire cutter. This will give you enough space to twist the wire. Get the pliers and do on this other end what you did with the last one. Just make this one a little bigger and make the two loops face each other.
You are going to do the same with the other piece. Make one loop at other end. Give a little space as you will insert this loop with the other piece. Hook the two loops and use pliers to close back up around the loop. Again, measure the copper wire around the jar’s neck and cut the excess. Make another loop in another end. Hook it with the other piece. Secure the loops tightly so you still have your lantern in one piece at the end of the day.
Next, we will work on the handle. Get another 13-inch copper wire. Create a loop at other end but keep it open and hook it with the horizontal loop. Use pliers to close it. Pull the wire to straight it out before you bend it. Create loop at one end, hook it and secure it. Stretch the wire a bit to give it a nice curve for a perfect handle.
And that’s it! You are done! An adorable and simple DIY hanging mason jar lanternfor one-of-a-kind wedding. Moreover, you can place candles or LED lights that serve as substitute to light at night.
Posted by elizabeth waldmann on May 8th, 2014
During the wedding season last summer, I took the opportunity to save some decorations that normally would have gone in the trash. I know this may sound bizarre but I thought it was a great chance to give second life to a normally single used decoration. When Wes and I began our wedding planning journey, I knew I wanted to include these items. Whether it was burlap runners or wooden pedestals, I was very happy to be reusing these items!
Another way we kept from having decorations that are single use is by saving our San Pellegrino and Espolon bottles. Two of my favorite liquids! Mineral water and tequila! These bottles normally would end up in our recycling. Instead, I removed the labels, tied a piece of jute around the neck and filled the bottle with a flower. After the wedding, the bottles will simply be placed in the recycling. Stay tuned for the beautiful result!
Posted by elizabeth waldmann on April 25th, 2014
When choosing a wedding venue, it was very important to Wes and I that the venue we chose, have some of the same values we find important. Before booking with Chipeta Solar Springs Resort and Spa, we asked them about their ‘green’ practices. They do not sell plastic water bottles in their rooms, they recycle (huge), they use as many local and organic products as possible, they use fractionated coconut oil and essential oils for their spa treatments and they do not use pesticides on their property! After hearing this, we went ahead and booked our wedding. In addition to these, you can also ask if your venue composts waste. The wedding venues we work at all the time in Keystone are huge advocates of this and I love it! Not only does the food left on plates go somewhere good instead of in a landfill, it helps grow future flowers. Call me what you will but this really makes me smile! 🙂
Posted by elizabeth waldmann on April 19th, 2014
Flowers can make a big impact on the décor at a wedding. When Wes and I started planning our wedding, I knew I wanted to do something different. A lot of resources are used to get beautiful flowers on your wedding table. I wanted to use fewer resources and still make a big impact on our wedding tables. A way I thought of doing this with baby’s breath. Not only does it use less energy to produce, it is also really inexpensive. When you add this to the colorful napkins we will be using, the tables will have color and be easy on the environment! Photos to follow after the big day!
Posted by elizabeth waldmann on March 15th, 2014
I absolutely love the idea of using your mother’s old wedding dress as your wedding dress. When Rachael from Rachael Grass Photography and I were talking about being more ‘green’ during a wedding, we knew we needed to include this. Fashion has changed through the years so (with your mom’s approval of course) you can take a piece of what you really love about your mom’s dress and have a seamstress transform it into something that you will cherish forever. That way you can have something you love and a part of something that your mother did.