How to have an Eco-Friendly Wedding

Many of us have become eco-conscientious over the years and for a good reason. According to research, New Hampshire is the 9th most eco-friendly state but our two neighbors Vermont and Massachusetts are numbers 1 and 2 on that list respectively.

How can you stay eco-friendly? Let’s start with…

The Dress

Wearing a wedding dress for the first time can feel unreal, after all of those childhood wedding dreams it is finally becoming a reality! Many brides do have a problem with only being able to wear their wedding dress once then off to a sealed bag for the remainder of its life. Instead, try these options:

Wearing mom’s/grandma’s/auntie’s dress. This could be the same for any special person in your life. If you don’t love the dress exactly as it is, ask for a local seamstress to help modify the dress to your wants.

Renting a dress. Now, this option is becoming more popular as wedding dress prices have increased over the years. Look at a site like:

  1. Tradesy.com– Buy direct from other brides selling their gowns.
  2. PreownedWeddingGowns.com– You can find designer labels at 80% off!
  3. Newlywed.com– They have a “try before you buy” option, no commitments!

Buying from an eco-friendly designer. You can use a local designer or shop at up and coming sustainable designer Reformation.

The Invitations

Use recycled paper. Now, this is a must for an eco-friendly person but keep in mind that not only the paper should be recycled, but you could have a drop box at the wedding for those invitations.

Use seed paper. Everything from your save the dates to thank you cards can be made with seed paper from Bloomin.

At Bloomin our Seed Paper is made by hand in Boulder, CO. We take un-dyed, 100% post-consumer/ post-industrial recycled paper, break it down into paper pulp that started as FSC paper. We use old-school paper making techniques and handmade molds and deckles to handcraft each sheet. Bloomin Paper is packed with flower, vegetable, herb, grass, tree and many other varieties of seeds. Its easy to grow and cultivate! For consumers who receive seed paper, just soak the paper in water, plant under a thin layer of soil, and watch our seed paper take root and sprout in a few short days!

 

The Night

Make sure the flowers are organic. Ask your florist for all organic flowers that are in season.

Have the wedding outside. If possible, having an outdoor wedding will save on energy for the lights during the ceremony.

Have a recycle bin. We mentioned this before, you can help the venue if the do recycle or make sure all items get recycled yourself afterward.

Team up with another bride to share all decorations. This can be tricky since you both have to compromise, but you can help save the environment and costs with this option!

Wedding Insurance

Your wedding day is going to be an unforgettable event, but it can come with a hefty price tag once all is said and done. The average wedding in the Untied States costs couples $26,645; however, most couples can spend less than $10,000.

Here in New Hampshire, couples spend above average at $27,020. After reaching your necessary limits for guest counts at your venue, adding extra guests can add $180 to $220 per person to your budget.

Average Wedding Cost by Number of Guests

Number of guests less than 50 $8,917 – $14,861
Number of guests between 50 and 100 $13,578 – $22,629
Number of guests between 100 and 200 $21,684 – $36,139
Number of guests between 200 and 300 $27,966 – $46,610
Number of guests more than 300 $54,108 – $90,179

Wedding Insurance

That’s why couples are opting to use wedding insurance, just in case! Because, let’s be honest, no one wants to be out over $20,000!

Common wedding insurance claims involve vendors who fail to appear, venues that back out of hosting the event, extreme weather, and injury or illness. Wedding insurance costs generally start around $100 for minimum coverage and can exceed $1,000 for lavish ceremonies.

NOTE: Before buying a new policy, check your current homeowners or renter insurance, they may cover liability for your wedding. 

What wedding insurance covers…

1. Vendor failures, like the venue going out of business or a mistaken double booking, make up 30% of wedding insurance claim dollars. Wedding insurance policies will often reimburse you if you have to book a last-minute vendor or reschedule the wedding.

2. Getting injured, “As you might expect, we do see many injuries that occur on the dance floor,” says Steve Lauro, vice president at Aon Affinity, the parent company of WedSafe, a seller of wedding insurance. Among claims to WedSafe, 28% are from injuries or accidents that occur at weddings.

3. Extreme weather such as hurricanes, tornados, earthquakes, etc. this typically doesn’t include a rain shower or a cloudy day. 16% of wedding claims to Travelers are due to extreme weather.

4. Medical emergencies, if someone close to you falls ill before your wedding day, cancellation policies typically cover the costs to reschedule. These represented about 6% of wedding cancellation claims to WedSafe in 2016, Lauro says.

5. Lost or ruined attire, we may not be as lucky as the bride in #Girlboss by Sophia Amoruso, and having the wedding dress delivered just in time to walk down the isle. Attire represents 2% of wedding claims paid by Travelers.

Note: Tuxes and gowns are such an important part of weddings that they are commonly included in wedding cancellation policies.

What wedding insurance does not cover…

1. Cold feet or a change of heart, with few exceptions.
2. A rainy day, rather than extreme weather.
3. Theft or loss of engagement ring. 

NOTE: You can purchase ring insurance separately, or your homeowners insurance may cover it!
Deciding to switch to a different vendor, such as a caterer or florist, once you’ve already paid a deposit.

Make sure to always read the fine print! If your wedding includes fireworks, bounce houses, live animals or other attractions insurers find risky, you could be declined for a wedding policy. Some insurers may still offer you a policy but exclude problems involving these types of attractions.

The Best and Worst Wedding Advice

Asking for advice is an important part of planning a wedding. Many people have never done it before, so we turn to our family and friends to help us make our special day perfect. Even though they are trying to help, some advice isn’t always so helpful.

The Worst

The necessary rituals. The worst advice any bride gets is that something is “necessary”. Whether it be your MIL telling you the candle ritual is necessary, or your wedding planner insisting on ‘the DJ everyone uses’, your wedding day is just that: YOUR wedding day. There are so many details that I thought were absolutely necessary (programs, favors, 3 menu choices) that ended up going unnoticed. I wish I would have known that those things didn’t really matter, and instead focused more on the things that my fiancé and I truly cared about. -Chloe, married October 2015

The details don’t matter. Someone told me that “the details and the look of our wedding didn’t matter”. While I recognized that our marriage was THE most important part of the day, the details, flowers, favors and the overall feel of our wedding was important to me; both because I am a designer and desired a beautiful day for us to remember for years to come, and also because I wanted our guests to feel loved while they were there celebrating alongside us! While the details of your day are secondary to the promises you’re making to one another, they are still important. -Michaela, married September 2016

The must & need. I came to learn that anytime someone started a sentence with “You must” or “You need to” it was most likely going to be some very unhelpful advice. We received plenty of odd looks and various comments when we told people we weren’t going to have bridesmaids or groomsmen but I’m so glad we didn’t let that affect us; it was personally a fantastic decision. Dismiss any of those “musts” and “haves” and focus on what feels right to you! -Liz, married June 2015

The Best

Don’t make any drastic changes to your appearance. You may want to try a new hairstyle but try to wait until after your wedding day. You have to ask yourself, “Would I be happy on my wedding day even if I hated this new style?” Having your classic beauty shine on your wedding and memorialized through the photos may be the best option.

Always ask for help! We know planning a wedding is time-consuming and a lot of work, that’s why leaning on friends and family while delegating tasks will be a lifesaver on your stress levels!

Make sure to schedule a time to be with your guests. We know this is your day and we encourage you to do what makes you the happiest on this day but don’t forget all of those that came to celebrate with you. Take some time and thank your guests at their tables and don’t forget those thank you cards!

Always have an open line of communication with your vendorsFor your photographer, make sure you have a timeline on your wedding day for photos and a list of photos you want the photographer to get. They, of course, will take more photos, but they might not know you desperately want a photo with just you and your Great Aunt Kathy. For your DJ or band, make sure they know your taste in music and even give them a list of songs your want them to play and a list of songs you don’t want them to play.

Check your stress levels! We know you’ve put in countless hours of time into your wedding day but if something does go wrong, take it in strides! Ask for help to fix the problem and just keep moving on, the small stuff isn’t what’s most important today!

Eat and be married! You picked out the perfect selection of appetizers, dinner, and dessert; you deserve to eat it! Take time to enjoy dinner, the good music, and be with your new husband.

Spring into Wedding Season

The snow is starting to melt, and the warm air is starting to stream, that means Spring is ready to bloom and so are the flowers! Spring weddings kick off our season, and we couldn’t be more excited! From spring flowers, fresh produce, to bright colors, here is your guide to getting hitched in the Spring!

Spring Flowers

We have created a list of flowers that are in-season during the Spring months (in the United States). We have also organized them by name, color, scent, and price thanks to The Knot. You can organize the chart by each category by clicking on the header name.

Fresh Food

The winter is finally over and with the flowers starting to bloom, so is some of the most delicious food! Our chef always incorporates the freshest ingredients in each meal, but you can also look through the menus of your banquet facility to see what choices would be best for your wedding date. Thanks to She Knows, we can know exactly what to eat in the Spring!

Spring Fruits

  • Apricots
  • Avocados
  • Blueberries
  • Cherimoya
  • Grapefruit 
  • Kiwi
  • Lemons
  • Pineapple 
  • Strawberries
  • Tomatoes

Spring Vegetables 

  • Artichokes
  • Arugula
  • Asparagus
  • Broccoli
  • Cabbage
  • Carrots
  • Fava beans
  • Fiddlehead ferns
  • New potatoes
  • Ramps
  • Rhubarb
  • Spinach
  • Sugar snap peas
  • Vidalia onions
  • Zucchini

Spring Colors

The color experts over at Pantone have declared the top ten Spring colors for the 2017 season!

Colors this season transcend cultural and gender norms. Vivid brights give way to excitement and optimism, though quiet stability prevails in this season’s palette.

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