Being a huge lover of both dogs and colour, I just couldn’t resist sharing today’s wedding with you. Inspired by the work of two of their favourite dog rescue charities, brides Jen & Jen, decided to share an insight in to their lives together by sharing one of the things they love the most, (besides each other of course!) with their guests. Can you guess what it is? You got it, their dogs!Details
As I delve deeper into the wedding planning process, I am beginning to realise just how much money a wedding actually costs and I can’t help but feel a little upset at the thought of spending so much money on a day when alot of what we buy will eventually go to waste. I like to think that in our everyday lives we make conscientious decisions to ensure we waste as little as possible and recycle whatever we can, so why shouldn’t the same apply to our wedding, it is just one day after all?
It’s not surprising that one of the main problems many couples will face once their day is over, is what to do with all the leftovers? And I’m not just talking about the food? I’m talking about the decorations, the flowers and then there’s the dress? More than likely it will all end up either in the bin or packed away at home until eventually forgotten about it, which makes me sad.
So it probably comes as no surprise to hear that I have become quite obsessed with the idea of recycling as much as possible for our wedding. Starting with recycling items especially for the day and how I can recycle them again once it is all over and as National Upcycling day is on Friday 24th June, I thought now would be the perfect time to share 8 tips for recycling your wedding.
1. Reuse, Donate or Sell: Start by making sure everything you buy for your wedding can be sorted into one of the three categories, reuse, donate or sell. This will stop you making any unnecessary purchases beforehand and means you have a plan in place for your items once the day is over, instead of panic boxing everything, to never see the light of day again.
2. Shop Second Hand: Look for unusual decor in unusual places, this could be charity shops, boot sales, pound stores or even sites like Gumtree. You can pick up items like vases so cheaply and with a little bit of DIY, they can look super expensive without the hefty price tag. Check out our recent upcycled teapot DIY – centrepieces never looked so cute and they could totally be reused around the home after!
3. Recycle: If you would rather not fork out at all, why not look around your home for items that could be used on the big day? The recycling bin is a good place to start! Upcycle old glass bottles by getting artsy and painting them in cool and creative ways! Again these can reused in your own house or packed off to a charity shop where they will be a given a new lease of life in someone else’s home.
4. Takeaway: Say no to food waste and provide takeaway boxes for your guests so that they can take home any leftovers with them or even better donate to them to a soup kitchen.
5. Money Earner: Selling big ticket items such as your wedding dress can be a great way to get some money back after your wedding. If your dress is still in good condition consider selling it on sites such as Ebay or a dedicated preowned wedding dress sites such as Sell My Wedding. You will be surprised at the number of brides who will dying to snap it up and it beats being stuck in the back of a cupboard for the next 20 years!Details
Last year, a group of Atlanta based wedding vendors called Love Gives Way, gathered to put on a styled shoot in an effort to increase awareness and use their services to fight against sex trafficking. Working to connect couples with wedding vendors who donate portions of their proceeds to organizations that help fight sex trafficking around the world, supporting causes such as Beloved, Wellspring Living, She is Safe, Out of Darkness, and Serenity’s Steps. All of these organizations are in Atlanta and work against sex trafficking either through reaching victims, rescuing women, or offering restorative services.
Atlanta is one of the largest hubs in the world for sex trafficking. Most children in the U.S. are between the ages of 12 to 14 when they are trafficked. The average lifespan of someone trafficked is 3-7 years due to abuse, attacks, sexually transmitted diseases, malnutrition and suicide.
It is estimated that the wedding industry in the U.S. alone is a 40 billion dollar industry. The total market value of human trafficking is estimated to be over 32 billion dollars. That’s why Love Gives Way decided to start using weddings to raise awareness and funds to fuel these organizations that fight the sex trafficking industry.
It’s a radical way for couples to give back on their wedding day and for vendors to add meaning to their business.
Every year when comic relief rolls around, I always find myself wishing I would have done some sort of fundraising, maybe I should have baked some cakes, maybe we should have thrown a charity party…all of these ideas would pretty much run through my head on the day of the event. By which point it…Details