Going Green for Your Wedding

For the longest time, we have seen no wrong in going all out for our weddings since it is after all, a once in a lifetime event. But, that has slowly changed over the years — as we become more environmentally-conscious, many couples have started to eschew going big and over the top, in favour of being prudent and going green. While we may not be absolute environment fanatics, today we look at a few tips that other couples have found useful in cutting wastages at their weddings!

Choose sustainable decorations

Much of the wastage at weddings come from the decorations. But just by putting in a little thought, it is easy to cut down on unnecessary things, or substitute them for more environmentally-friendly options.

For example, in place of plastic confetti, you may choose to go with flower petals during the opening march — while plastic is non-biodegradable and will contribute to litter, flower petals cause no such problem. Balloons, which we often use at weddings, are another decoration item that is harmful to the ecosystem. On top of being non-biodegradable, they are also choking hazards to animals and sea life when they are discarded in the environment.

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Reduce paper products

Another big component to look into would be paper products — you can easily reduce paper wastage by using online invitations and RSVPs (there are many wedding planning apps that can help you do this, or simply turn to Google documents). Also, instead of individually printed programme and menu cards, why not be creative and use a big centrepiece (e.g. chalkboard) to inform your guests of the day’s proceedings?

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Go local

Instead of clocking up the miles to fly in exotic flowers or food ingredients, it is far more prudent to look to local producers for your needs. This is a win-win option — not only do you get fresher goods, you also enjoy significant monetary savings. For those who are sceptical of finding beautiful flowers locally, you will be heartened to know that even Hollywood celebrities are looking to use local wild flowers in their weddings (Kate Bosworth who used yellow and white wild flowers in her rustic wedding is a case in point!)

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(Wild flowers at Kate Bosworth’s wedding. Photo by Martha Stewart Weddings, taken from here.)

Do you have any tips for going green at your wedding? Do let us know!

Cool Weddings: This actress had a ‘Planet of the Apes’-themed wedding!

Movies are fast becoming an increasingly popular source of inspiration for couples who want to have a unique wedding. Last month, we told the story of a Harry Potter and Star Wars-themed wedding. And for this post, it’s gasp “Planet of the Apes”.

American actress Judy Greer revealed earlier this month at a late-night show about her less-than-traditional wedding theme for her big day in 2011 with TV producer husband, Dean Johnsen.

According to Huffington Post, she said, “During the cocktail hour, we had the TV screens in the bar [with] the movies playing. We had ‘Rise [of the Planet of the Apes]’ playing on one screen and then the original, obviously, ‘Planet of the Apes’ playing on the bigger screen.”

Apart from movie screenings, there was also some funky decor and a really interesting gift.

“I surprised my husband and bought this really beautiful…porcelain cake topper, and instead of a bride and groom, it was a chimp bride and groom,” according to E online.

“[As for the present] I got him a vintage Rolex watch and I got it engraved like you do, but I got it engraved ‘ape shall not kill ape’ on the inside of his watch because I knew that’s how he would know that I really loved him,” she said. “Like if I just put ‘I love you’ or our initials or the date that we got married he would be like, ‘That’s great honey.’ The engraver, was like, ‘You’re crazy!'”

Well, it’s not hard to understand why. Appropriately, the actress will be starring in the “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” slated for release in July.

Steal the look of… Tarcy Su

On our blog, we often share inspirations about how to make your big day closer to perfection. We also absolutely love sharing happy news about celebrities and/or famous personalities who have tied the knot and moved on to the next stage in life.

And on the list of famous newlyweds as of late, is Taiwanese singer Tarcy Su (苏慧伦), also famously known for her 1996 hit “Lemon Tree”. (If you missed our entry on that, click here!) Certainly a sight to behold at her wedding in Hokkaido, Japan on March 18, we want to furnish you with some ideas on how you can make her look yours.

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The look: Decked in an A-line hand-sewn dress with lace details, reportedly a wedding gift from Taiwanese designer Zhang You Hao who is a close friend of Su.

Make it yours: If feminine laced-gowns are your cup of tea, here’s our selection of similar designs!

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Oscar de la Renta

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Mila by St. Pucchi

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Pronovias

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Elizabeth Messina

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Enzoani

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Moonlight Bridal (Pictures credit to here and here)

Related post: Steal the look of… Jamie Lynn Spears

Wanna have a music-themed wedding? Here’s how

Apart from choosing the perfect song for your march in, there are many other ways you can showcase your love for music at your wedding. Moving beyond the sense of hearing, go ahead and personalize your wedding with music-related details that sing to you.

Be it classical, R&B or pop, here’s how we think you can weave in your love for music into your big day.

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Idea for bridal photography, anyone?

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Isn’t this a quaint wedding invite?

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A bridal bouquet made of music sheets.

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It’s easy, pick a set of lyrics from your favorite song and have them printed out and hung at your wedding venue!

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Cuff links with music notes printed on it.

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Yes, you’re seeing right. A guitar was used as a guestbook for a couple whom you can read more about here. (Pictures credit to here, here, here, here and here)

Another celeb crasher: Taylor Swift attends fan’s bridal shower

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Pop princess Taylor Swift made a fan’s day with a surprise appearance at bride-to-be Gena Gabrielle’s bridal shower earlier this month. The ecstatic fan later uploaded a flurry of pictures with her idol at the event at Columbus, Ohio.

“Apparently they told Taylor she didn’t have time and she said no I’m going to Ohio I can’t make the wedding & I promised her,” Gabrielle Tweeted on Sunday, later adding, “The driver told my dad she planned the trip at 1 am & said ‘I need to be there and I need to be on time’ so blessed to have her in my life.”

Gabrielle was reportedly a huge fan of Swift and had met Swift at several meet-and-greet events. She had sent invitations to the ‘Speak Now’ singer who surprisingly obliged and came with gifts, including kitchen supplies and a cookbook.

“I’m really not that special and I’m still in awe she did this for me,” tweeted Gabrielle.

Kudos to the pop princess!

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