This Hot Wedding Invite Option Doesn’t Have to Be Hard (Or Boring)

One of the least lasting parts of your wedding will be the invitations. While you may hold on to an invite or three for a memory box, chances are your guests will (at best) recycle them and (at worst) throw them in the trash. You can minimize the environmental impact of your wedding invitations by doing the trendy thing and shopping around for eco friendly invitations. The good news is there are now big invite companies and indy artists designing and printing earth-friendly wedding invitations that are every bit as beautiful as the less green options out there.

Here are some examples we love:

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It doesn’t get much more conscious than this all of a piece invite from Paper Lapin! It’s a wedding invitation, a map, and its own envelop – printed on recycled paper that was created using only green energy.

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Did you know that cork is a sustainable material? I didn’t! Cork Country Cottage creates wedding invitations (and save-the-date cards) out of cork and also wood. The text is laser engraved instead of printed, which makes this way more of a keepsake than your everyday invite.

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I am so in love with the invitations designed and printed by A Bird & A Bee!

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Eco-friendly, green, natural, and traditional is how Beacon Lane describes their wedding invitations, and how could you not agree? The best part is that the company offers complementary customization on almost every option you can think of.

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Simple and unique, the designs on offer at Appleberry Ink are not only earth-friendly and adorable but also affordable. Great news for any bride who wants to respect Mother Earth while keeping to a budget.

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Eco friendly letterpress? YES! Bella Figura is an upscale letterpress studio in upstate NY. They use things like tree-free paper, recycled envelope liners, and FSC-certified pocketfolds. Learn more about green printing options here.

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This wedding invitation suite comes from K&V Crafts, which has committed to using as many green raw materials as possible in its invites and other stationery. So beautiful for a rustic wedding, and good for the planet to boot!

Seriously, how can you not love these? When in doubt, chose soy-based inks, recycled papers, and consider seed paper – your invitations become flowers. Amazing!

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Our Favorite Simple Wedding Centerpieces

simple wedding centerpieces 6Can I just tell you how much I am loving the return to simplicity that I have been seeing at this year’s weddings? While there will always be over-the-top everything from ten-tier cakes to wedding jewelry so heavy it gives the bride a migraine, it’s nice to see so many things that are just plain – well – nice. Doable for those of us who weren’t born with the Colin Cowie gene, even.

Wedding centerpieces for reception tables tend to be at the forefront of this return to all things simple – possibly because if you’re not a natural born designer or hiring an all purpose planner who’s wrangling the flowers for you, centerpieces can be tricky. Too small and they look dinky on a ten-person table. Too big and your guests are knocking the salt cellar onto the floor every time they take a bite.

But when you keep things simple, it’s a lot easier for the lay-bride to see what works and what doesn’t. Nothing too fussy. Mostly a lot of glass and flowers and candles – all of the kinds of things you can grab at a craft store on the cheap, in fact. Not that DIY wedding centerpieces have to look cheap, mind you. Some of the least expensive weddings I’ve been to have been some of the most arresting and amazing visually thanks to brides who put in the time.

If you’re thinking you’d rather put in the time than spend the money for gorgeous wedding centerpieces, here are some ideas I’m loving right now:

PrintI can’t imagine these are actually drinking glasses but they do look an awful lot like drinking glasses. One bloom per glass and you have the perfect centerpiece for a long rectangular table.

simple wedding centerpieces 3Bedazzling glass jars and vases was all the rage on Pinterest a while back so you’ll have no trouble finding a how-to. Pick the right receptacle and you can once again get away with one bloom per.

simple wedding centerpieces 5Not a fan of flowers? Simple sticks and floating candles make for surprisingly striking centerpieces.

simple wedding centerpieces 8Or ditch the twigs and go for greenery. Wouldn’t this setup be lovely with succulents or cacti?

simple wedding centerpieces 7Here’s another idea – twin greenery into a vine and trail it along the table. A few tea lights in glass complete the look. It’s very fresh and in keeping with the trend toward more botanicals!

simple wedding centerpieces 9It doesn’t get much simpler than this! Check Etsy for these candle holders or give DIY a try.

simple wedding centerpieces 4Did I say it couldn’t get any simpler? I lied. Beach stones and lilies are a perfect pairing.

simple wedding centerpiecesIt might take some time to collect all the tiny glass bottles you need to mimic this look, but don’t you think the results will be worth it?

DIY always takes time, of course. But the result can be a more beautiful, more personal wedding than you might otherwise have had. Scared to dip your toe into the wide world of wedding DIY? Centerpieces are a great place to start.

(Images via StyleMePretty, AFloral.com, Project Wedding, The Frisky, Burnetts Boards, Colin Cowie Weddings, A Low Country Wedding, and How to Be Perfect Woman?)

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Ideas You’re Not Going to See at Every Other 2015 Wedding

Looking for wedding planning ideas and bridal accessories that aren’t going to make the trend lists? I feel you! Once a wedding planning idea hits the trend lists chances are everyone and their sister will be using it in their ceremonies and receptions. So here’s what you do – you stay away from the wedding trends lists that are practically ubiquitous. You look at inspiration without an agenda. No theme. No must-haves. You do what you love. And you mix it up with ideas like these:

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Botanicals (omg ferns) are going to be a big deal in 2015 but simple tables? When are simple wedding tables ever really trendy? Pillar candles and not much else can make a wedding reception table feel complete.

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Glitter, glitter, glitter! If you love sparkle, unleash a glitter bomb on your DIY wedding decor and put it on everything. It’s okay – sometimes too much is just enough!

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Industrial weddings may be a 2015 trend or not. I have my doubts it’s going to make it much past the pages of the bridal mags so if you love this look you’re probably going to be in the minority.

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Boring white folding chairs? AS IF. Take your outdoor wedding to the floor with picnic blankets, baskets, and bottles of wine. (Though be kind and put out a few chairs for older guests who might have trouble getting back up once they’re down.) via fresnoweddings.net

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How cute is this pictorial table runner I found on Bellatheblog.com? Yes, it’s great for an engagement party but why not use it as sweetheart table decor or a way to gussy up your cake table?

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Who loves s’mores? Everyone loves s’mores. For fall and winter weddings, s’mores favors are not to be missed! via ohlovelyday.com

wedding ceremony arrow decor DIY

This glitter – yes, glitter – arrow I found on 100layercake.com guides wedding guests to the ceremony spot in the most fabulous way. That’s one way to wow your guests before they even see your gown.

wedding coloring book DIY

If you love this coloring book for the kids at your wedding, just think about how much your littlest guests will adore you for having it ready and waiting on reception tables! Or skip the DIY and just print the ready made coloring book here.

wedding dress pin DIY

Embroidered initials on the lining of your gown is okay – if you plan to keep your dress. If not, DIY a dress charm with symbols that are special to you and your spouse-to-be. After the big day, it’s a keepsake you can actually keep with you.

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Super traditional and not at all trendy, wedding matches are making a modest comeback as favors your guests will actually use.

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And finally, the wedding photobooth is super played out but still a big hit because, well, it’s fun! You can take the idea to the next level with a video wedding guestbook that will be fun to watch for years to come.

What are you doing at your wedding that WE won’t be seeing at any of the weddings we attend next year?

christa terry author of iDo
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DIY Friendly Favors: Wedding Terrariums

Are wedding terrariums trendy? You bet. But even as this hipster bride must-have becomes ubiquitous, I still think it’s a wonderful idea. I mean, a wedding reception centerpiece your guests can take home? What is not to love? They can get a little expensive – even if you’re buying the tiniest ones – for a wedding with 100+ guests but there are ways to cut costs.

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It’s not the most difficult DIY in the world once you get the knack for arranging terrariums at speed. There are even kits. And my guess is that even if you’re not the fastest terrarium arranger, there are much more stressful to-dos to check off of your wedding checklist. Arranging plants and flowers – some people do that to relax. Maybe this is one DIY that will actually lighten your load.

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But wait, what is a wedding terrarium, anyway? Wikipedia says: A terrarium is a type of miniature ecosystem of plants. Not all plants require or are suited to the moist environment of closed terrariums. Tropical plant varieties, such as mosses, orchids, ferns and air plants, are generally kept within closed terrariums due to the conditions being similar to the humid and sheltered environment of the tropics. Open terrariums are better suited to dry plants such as succulents.

I say opt for succulents. They’re totes in and they’re just about the easiest plant to care for so you’re not saddling wedding guests with a new plant that requires an extra green thumb.
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Featured Piece: The Desire Couture Headband

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Looking for a dramatic wedding headpiece? This epic (seriously) bridal headband features amazing round and marquise rhinestones in a showstopping arrangement that will frame your face in the most dramatic way.

And the best part? Right now you can snap it up for 15% – all month long! Just use the coupon code TIARA15 at checkout!
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Wedding Trend Alert: FERNS!

If you’re looking for a modern botanical to use in your wedding decor, why not ferns? They’re everywhere so you’re not going to spend as much as you might on something more exotic. They’re lush and lovely. And there is something really elegant about this simple plant, but it’s earthy, too. It’s like it grows at the intersection of mod and classical. Or maybe it’s just trending right now, but so what? If you love ferns, have I got some wedding inspiration for you!

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Frond as bridal headpiece? A little different, sure, but hey, it works. And I’m loving that mini fishtail braid she’s sporting.

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Simple and beautiful, yet another single frond. This time to beautify the table settings and place cards.

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And you knew there had to be a boutonniere coming. Adore the mini frond here. Maybe not the feather – replace it with more greenery or another botanical.

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Who needs fancy wedding cake decorations when you have Mother Nature’s best?

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A fern frond here and a frond there, and you’ll have the best dressed wedding cake of the season.

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Ditto for your ceremony seating. Can you DIY this aisle decor idea? Oh yes you can.

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Another sweet wedding decor idea – this time a rustic welcome sign – featuring ferns and not much else. Another great DIY possibility.

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Invitations featuring ferns? Love.fern wedding photography bride

I’m not going to suggest posting with a fern frond – unless you really want to!

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Fresh Botanical Wedding Inspiration

The leaves are finally falling off the trees around our studio but since the brides planning autumn weddings are hopefully done by now or have a year – or more – yet to go, we’re feeling springy! Maybe you’re a bride-to-be who still has long months and months to wait before you say “I do,” in which case you’re probably pouring over Pinterest every chance you get to find something gorgeous, whether it’s bridal jewelry or ceremony decor or wedding dresses or whatever.

We love Pinterest, of course – omg follow us – but we wanted to give you something gorgeous right this second! And here it is, botanical wedding inspiration that’ll knock your socks off. You’ll swear it was springtime!

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I love everything about this bridal bouquet from the HUGE pink blossoms to the surprising amount of greenery – the greens to blooms ratio, you might say.

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Bridal headpiece au naturel? More blooms than you might find in most bouquets make a pretty radical statement.

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Wedding cake alternative plus big, bold, and beautiful blossoms? YES.

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This wedding ceremony backdrop is definitely different. Don’t expect to see one at the next wedding you’re at unless that wedding is your own.

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Ditto for this UHMAZING outdoor wedding ceremony decor.

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No blooms to be found here, but plenty of botanicals! These reception escort cards come complete with a tiny touch of Mother Nature’s best.

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Love the font. Adore the styling for the photoshoot. Who needs vases?

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When it comes to wedding DIY, it doesn’t get much easier than this dramatic arrangement of greenery above and plain white pillar candles below. Adore it.

Just remember, if you’re using natural greens in your wedding you want to treat them as carefully as your flowers so they look fresh all day long!
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Industrial Wedding Inspiration We Love

Trust me when I say that industrial weddings are going to be big in 2015. From wedding venues that were once active-duty factories to classic Tolix cafe chairs, all things gritty will be hot. Love the idea of saying your vows in high industrial style? Then keep scrolling for some amazing industrial wedding inspiration plus advice on how to take this trend and make it your own.

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Everything about this ceremony space is perfection, but who could imagine mylar balloons would fit right in? And yet there they are spelling out every bride’s favorite word! No bare brick interiors in your local venues? Municipal spaces may offer the same feel.

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Luxury and industry go hand in hand in this contemporary bridal headband that’s glamorous, gorgeous, and will fit right into an industrial theme. If you want to take your look to the next level, look for similar bridal headbands that keep the metal scroll work but ditch the pearls.

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How can you NOT love this neon sign for a industrial ceremony or a reception? Best part, it’s the kind of decor piece that you can keep forever and actually display.

a27c19b782ecfd4b1f8f502b061c8f3bKeep wedding guests cool with the kind of fans that make factory floors tolerable in the warmer months. Or if yours is the opposite problem because you’re a wintertime bride, rent the metal stand-up heaters that the sidewalk cafes use. Either way, you’re adding to the atmosphere.

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Need more light than one neon sign can offer? Brighten up your reception with scaled down flood lights (find them cheap at IKEA) and marquee lighting. If you can rent, do it but consider that you may be able to resell lighting that’s only available for sale.

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You’re probably not going to wear a princess dress to an industrial inspired wedding (though you’ll never hear me tell you not to). Look for ethereal bridal gowns featuring layers upon layers of thin materials that make you feel not like a princess, but like an urban angel.

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When it comes to industrial wedding guest book ideas, this is one that is truly alternative. Have guests tag a canvas already painted with your names and the date. This is another amazing keepsake you’ll actually want to keep – and display!

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Love that ladder, those square matte vases, and the romantic touch in the form of photos of the bride and groom… in black & white, of course. This would be such an easy DIY for the tables and the hanging piece.

industrial wedding locationAs noted above, the space you choose for your wedding goes a long way toward making your wedding look and feel industrial but explore alternative spaces that offer the same vibe when possible.

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While I’m not going to suggest that you start collecting cinderblocks, they actually could stand in nicely for the square vase centerpieces above. You just turn them on their sides and place flowers arranged in small glasses in the holes. See?
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