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 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 15th, 2014
To add interest to a wedding table, instead of a traditional table runner, you can construct a runner made entirely out of pages of books. Rachael of Rachael Grace Photography came up with this idea and I absolutely love it! You can go to the Goodwill and find books or if you have some old ones lying around the house that haven’t been read in a very long time and you can give them new life and join in the wedding day fun!
Posted by elizabeth waldmann on January 30th, 2014
During one of the weddings we planned last summer at Timber Ridge in Keystone, Colorado we came across a great story that involved a very popular wedding trend; mason jars. The bride’s family had a really creative way of collecting them. When I told Rachael about the story, we knew we needed to include it in our green/recycled wedding details series. The mother of the bride was an elementary school teacher and told her students she would give them a piece of candy for every jar they brought in. The kids were hungry for candy and the results were amazing. There were so many mason jars in every shape and size. We put a candle in each and it just lit up the room. Perfection!