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 21st, 2014
I love going to thrift stores. You never know what treasures you might find. I think I got this trait from my dad because at his house this summer he gave me some curtains he bought at a garage sale. The curtains would be hideous hanging up in a home (sorry dad) but cut up and placed on a wedding table for napkins, gorgeous! That’s when I had the idea to start buying curtains at thrift stores to make napkins out of for our wedding. The criteria, they had to equal less than $.41 each (how much a rental company rents their napkins for) and well, pretty. The different colors and patterns on the tables cut down on the need for elaborate, expensive flowers. Plus, my family has been in on the fun of hunting for different curtains. Love!
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.
Posted by elizabeth waldmann on February 27th, 2014
Wedding Goals and Direction
When thinking about what direction I wanted our wedding to go in, I started by thinking about what I dislike most about weddings. There is just so much I love about weddings I thought this would be an easier route. Wes and I are huge outdoor people and try to be mindful of the environment in everything we do. We try to buy local whenever possible and always recycle. Why not carry these same thoughts over to our wedding. I realize it’s part of the job but being a wedding planner I unfortunately see so much waste at the end of a wedding. During the process of planning our wedding, I am going to try and be as gentle to the environment as I can and still pull off an amazing wedding. I am going to share these ideas in my upcoming blog posts so keep a look out!
Keeping in mind one or more goals for your wedding will help you pull off a wedding of your dreams. So remember, it’s your wedding day so make it yours.