A Guide to the Perfect Recycled Wedding

You’re planning your dream wedding! It’s mostly exciting but sometimes it can be frustrating. Let’s talk about decorations, we all love finding the perfect table settings for our personalities and theme. But when you finally have your heart set on an idea, many are hit with the realization that either it will cost a small fortune and/or what in the world will we do with 25 little bird cages after the big day?

After this realization, most think you only have two options: either do it or don’t. However, you actually have more options than that! Start thinking about the idea of a recycled wedding!

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During the wedding planning phase, you are in the midst of several wedding events like bridal shows, cake tastings, menu tastings, and sometimes your group of friends are all getting married within a few years or even months of each other!

The first step is to find a group of brides in your area. Ask your venue about bridal events they have or are attending. This is the perfect way to mingle with other brides and find people with similar tastes that are also interested in saving some money! Don’t forget to include your friends and family that are planning weddings or even have decorations from their weddings.

Once your group is all onboard, you can sit down with your dream decoration ideas. Look at what items could be used in each idea. Take these candles for example, they were the same candles used at different weddings!

The best way to start after forming your group would be to purchase a few sample decorations (a couple candles, bird cages, tea cups, etc.) and setup a table using these items in several different ways. Take photos and post them on a shared Pinterest board for everyone to see. This will help with inspiration!

To be a little more cost effective, you can even use EBay and Tradesy to purchase gently used items. Afterwards, you could even sell them to make a little money back! Start planning and send us your ideas, we’d love to feature them in this blog!

Wedding Superstitions

A look into how some of the most popular wedding superstitions became staples in American culture.

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Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue

This tradition migrated to the United States from an Old English rhyme, “Something Olde, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue, A Sixpence in your Shoe”. The four objects each bride carries on her special day are simply good luck charms. The something old represents the bride’s past, something new represents the bride’s future, something borrowed should be from a happily married couple for the luck to rub off on the newly weds, and something blue for fidelity and love.

Wearing a veil

In the Roman era, brides wore a veil to disguise themselves from evil spirits. The evil spirits were thought to be jealous of a bride’s happiness.

Carrying the bride over the threshold

This superstition came about also because of evil spirits but in Medieval Europe. It was believed that brides were extra vulnerable to evil spirits through the soles of their feet and to avoid any evil spirit getting to the bride, the groom would carry her into their new home.

Breaking of the glass

When a Jewish couple marries, it has become tradition to break a wine glass. Now, this has been known to be done for several reasons, a symbol of the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem, a symbol that they have changed together and will never be the people they were apart, a start to the party, and the number of pieces the glass breaks are the number of happily married years they will spend together.

Jumping over the broom

Jumping over a broom after the “I Do’s” came from African origin and symbolizes the couple is jumping into their new lives together. They are leaving their past behind and starting their lives together.

The color red

In many Chinese weddings, brides will wear dresses or traditional clothing that is red. The color red has been known to be associated with success, loyalty, honor, fertility, and love.

Unlucky numbers

In Japanese cultures, the numbers 4 and 9 are considered to be bad luck. In Western cultures the number 13 is considered to be bad luck. Giving couples money, as a gift should not end with 4, 9, or 13 and other gifts should not consist of 4, 9, or 13 items.

Ringing bells

The Irish traditionally believed that ringing bells at weddings would warn off any evil spirits and ensure a harmonious family life.

Raining on your wedding day

Many may think that rain on your wedding day is a bad omen, but many cultures believe that rain on your wedding day symbolizes fertility and cleansing.

Seeing each other before the ceremony

Many couples believe seeing one another before the ceremony is bad luck. This tradition dates back to when arranged marriages were the norm. Some believed that if the groom saw the bride before marriage and she was not what he expected, he would call off the wedding.

You may wish to continue any and all traditions you find near to your heart. Don’t fret if you want to stray from tradition, this is your day!

How to Fix Any Wedding Day Problem

It’s your wedding day! It is the day you have been waiting for and it’s finally here! We know that you probably have butterflies in your stomach because of all the excitement. We know that no matter what, you will think about your wedding day and love every moment, and even laugh at the moments that you thought would ruin the day.

If you are just about to get married, congratulations! Making sure your big day will go smoothly can sometimes go beyond the wedding day timeline, so make sure to anticipate any issues that may arise on the big day.

Always remember:

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Dress

You have found that perfect wedding dress so let’s make sure you are prepared for any challenges that may arise….

If your dress happens to be too small, too big or rips, make sure that you have an emergency sewing kit with you including safety pins, white thread, needles of different sizes and white chalk. Yes, chalk! Chalk can help hide any wedding day stain and no one will notice!

Rings

More times than not, the wedding rings will come in on time for your perfect day! However, sometimes weather or other events may cause a delay in the delivery. If your rings are not here in time for your wedding it will be okay, I promise! You can ask someone you admire to borrow their ring for the ceremony and when the rings come in, you can exchange them. You could also use a different ring of yours with meaning, like a class ring.

If the ring happens to be too small, do not try to put the ring on. You should only put the ring on as far as it will go without it resisting. If by accident the ring gets stuck, keep calm and do not try pulling the ring off. This will cause your finger to swell. Instead, you can get some floss and wrap it around your finger as close to the stuck ring as you can. This should allow for the ring to be slid off.

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This has happened to a bride here at Pats Peak. Luckily the bride’s guests knew this trick and passed on this information to us in case it even happened to anyone else!

Missing Vendor

Justice of the Peace– If they are missing, you probably won’t get someone to legally marry you that day, but you can recruit a guest with strong speaking skills to stand in. You can go down to city hall in the next few days to get officially married but don’t let that get you down; you are here to celebrate your love!

DJ– Make sure to bring a computer/tablet and know the logistics of the room. Many venues will allow you to set up your computer to their sound system so you can play music all night long. Before your big day, ask the wedding venue if you would need any special cords, just in case! 

Photographer– Ask your guests to capture the day for you instead. Now-a-days with cellphones, everyone would be taking these photos anyways. You can always schedule a photo session at a later date for photos in your dress. It will give you another opportunity to get that gorgeous dress on! 

Florist– You can go to a local store to purchase fake flowers or you can buy baby’s breath. It is simple but beautiful and won’t cost a fortune at the last minute.

No matter what happens, your wedding day will be perfect!