2018 Wedding Tips

2018 has been quite the year for this little blog and the family who now runs it!
As the fresh chapter of a new year approaches, let’s take a walk down memory lane at some of the great weddings we’ve featured this year … and planning tips we’ve gleaned!
 
1. Use the dishes for your new home at the reception. What a great story to have displayed in your china cabinet, long after the wedding cake has been enjoyed.
– the bride from this Low Waste Forest Wedding
 
 Photographer B. Jones Photography Www.bjonesphotos.com 
2. 3 reasons to include DIY details like the couple from this Garden Wedding:
(1) a deeply personal touch
(2) you have the freedom to know your supply chain, exactly who made each component of your project, and that they were being treated fairly
(3) you might even save a little on budget
 
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3. Hire a professional who gives a portion of their proceeds to charity. This Jewel Toned Winter Wedding was photographed by Easterday Creative, one of our #mtlvendors. You can find more, in our Vendor Directory.
 
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Photographer Cameron and Tia Photography www.cameronandtia.com

 
4. Don’t let weather rain on your parade.
Singin’ in the rain!
Have a rain plan that you absolutely love so you won’t be so disappointed if the forecast isn’t as expected.
Under my umbrella.
Your photographer may know this trade tip but pack umbrellas, enough for the whole bridal party and an extra to spare. It is easy to find clear plastic umbrellas that do well for photos and lacy parasols could make for a stunning picture too.
Ethical Wedding Tip: Choose your rings carefully. Not just the cut but the origin of the diamond. Make sure every worker included in its crafting is being treated fairly. Mia Donna is a great place to shop for ethically produced wedding rings.
 
5. If you’ve been dreaming of a destination wedding, but don’t have airfare for Europe, get ideas to bring a pieces of the destination to you from this New England vow renewal and this Hawaii in Connecticut styled photoshoot.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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 Photographer NovaMarkina Photography www.novamarkina.com
 
6. Consider giving a donation to charity in lieu of wedding favors like Nadia and Mike.
 
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Photographer Annalise Sheridan Photography annalisesheridanphotography.pixieset.com/
 
7. Choose recycled or wildflower seed paper for your invitations like the couple from this post. More than Lovely Vendor, Whole Weddings works with plantable wildflower seed paper! Find them in our Vendor Directory. 
 
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Photographer Savannah Avril Photography www.savannahavril.com
 
8. Choose a fair trade or vintage wedding gown (like this one) to ensure that you aren’t feeding into an unethical supply chain.
For vintage, check out: Vintage Nation Bridal
For fair trade gowns, visit: Celia Grace
 
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Photography – Images by Allison, www.Instagram.com/ImagesbyAllison

 
9. Source your decor from thrift stores and rent textiles when you can. Guess where they found the seating for this Gatsby themed vow renewal!
 
10. Remember that the wedding day is a beginning. Cultivate a loving and happy marriage. Read these tips from Dr. Gary Chapman, author of The Five Love Languages.
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