Jun 102015

Your wedding day will be the most photographed day of your life. Need I say more??? Oh ok, I will!

Looking your best should be your #1 concern. You’ll be wearing a dress that was fitted especially for you. You selected those beautiful flowers, you will be wearing some very special “bling” and your hair has been styled with gorgeous tendrils hanging down your face or you had it put up in a braided bun and finally your veil is placed in its perfect space.

When all this is happening, why would you overlook your bridal makeup?

Every bride should be absolutely thrilled with her pictures and to feel beautiful on her wedding day. Having said that, hiring a wedding makeup artist for your wedding day is as important as reciting your wedding vows. It’s also just as important to get your bridal party to get there makeup done too. Wedding pictures look so much better when everyone’s makeup looks perfect.

Even though you apply your makeup perfectly all the time, you should really consider not doing your own makeup for your wedding. The reasons are this… your everyday makeup will look different in photographs in different types of light. Some makeup brands can photograph very shiny and make you look oily or sweaty – and nobody likes to be shiny in their photos! Other types of makeup products can also make you look extremely pale especially when your photographer uses any sort of flash, like in dimly lit houses of worship or large function halls. The same rules apply to your bridesmaids, just because they are good at makeup, it doesn’t mean they know the ins and outs of wedding makeup.

It is always best to work with a professional makeup artist who can use products that won’t result in looking like you just ran a 5k and are all flush red or that you are so white that you could pass as a cousin to Casper the Ghost.

You will have so much on your mind on the day of your wedding, there will be so much going on in the room and around you. The only way you will get a moment to yourself is if you are sitting in your makeup artists chair and enjoying a little peace and serenity in the hands of your wedding makeup artist.

This blog is contributed by Nancy Gorman of Makeup by Nancy. Nancy is a professional wedding makeup artist based out of North Shore Massachusetts. Nancy also offers other makeup services such as proms, girls night and lessons. Visit Nancy’s website www.makeupbynancy.com to learn more about her, see her work and her offered services.

Nancy believes that makeup shouldn’t disguise you, it should enhance you. Therefore you will be naturally beautiful on your wedding day!

May 152014

Remember the “GoGurt” TV commercial showing a mother wearing a ridiculously tacky smoky eye? Don’t let this scare you into trying something new. You would be shocked at how beautiful a sexy romantic smoky eye may look when done professionally for your wedding day makeup!

There are so many variables to a smoky eye. Which in turn make it acceptable all year round. Darker shades are mainly used in the cooler months (fall/winter) or evening events. During warmer months a softer or even brighter colors can be worn. Makeup is a work of art so there are no definite rules as what should be worn when & where. It really is up to the individual & us as makeup artists to guide a client to a look that is suited for them. Because not everyone can pull off a super smoky eye & that’s when a lighter variation of it comes into play.

The smoky eye can be worn soft, medium or dramatic, whatever the mood strikes. Pair it with some lashes, a subtle or a bold eyeline and then compliment it with a soft lip and you have a very glamorous wedding day look. Consider trying it out for your makeup trial to see how you like it. It can be done with shades of black/gray, browns/neutrals and even variants of purple. Don’t worry if you don’t know what shade is right for you, ask your wedding makeup artist who will be able to create a beautiful look designed just for you!

(Article by Makeup by Nancy and Images provided by Makeup by Nancy as an example of her work.)

Apr 272014

Bridal gown shopping can be the most exciting part of your wedding planning!  Perhaps you have already started flipping through the pages of bridal magazines, online wedding resources, and wedding blogs to get some ideas of what you like and, equally important, what you don’t like, in wedding gowns.  Style, fabric, length, accessories, – there are so many decisions to be made!  You want to look and feel confident on your wedding day and your gown is truly the basis of your bridal look.  So, what’s a bride to do?

Whether you have been dreaming about your gown since you were a child or it has just recently dawned on you that you are about to purchase the most important dress of your life (feel the pressure yet?), it’s time to hit the Boston area bridal shops and find that perfect dress for you! Maybe you are a fashionista and know the latest trends in bridal gowns.  Or this entire process might be entirely new for you.  Either way, we’ve come up with some great tips to keep in mind before you say “I do” to your wedding dress!

1)      First thing’s first.  Know your budget.  Any bridal shop consultant will ask you what your budget is before showing you gowns.  I cannot tell you how many times I have heard brides say they tried dresses on out of their budget, fell in love, and then cannot afford them.  It breaks my heart just to hear it!  No one ever wants to be in that position because no other dress will ever compare once you have that “one” in the back of your mind.  Trust me – stick to gown within your budget!  Don’t forget to account for alterations costs.  Typical alterations (dress length and waist adjustments) might run you $200 if not more.

2)      Narrow down the list of bridal stores in your area.  Everyone has a website these days so do your homework.  Find out if they take walk-ins or if appointments are necessary.  Keep in mind that many bridal stores that require appointments generally schedule appointments to last one hour.  Ask in advance what the store’s policies are.

3)      Decide who want at your bridal appointments.  While you may want to share the experience with your immediate family, closest friends, or future mother-in-law, keeping the group on the smaller side will be more beneficial in the long run.  Bring only 2-3 key people to your appointments.  If someone has offered to buy the gown for you, definitely include them!  Too many individuals just means too many opinions – and sometimes that really doesn’t work in your favor.  Keep it simple with the people whose opinions matter most, who you trust, and most importantly, who you want to share the experience with.

4)      Come prepared.  If you can, bring in photos of bridal gowns you like from the research you have done.  Rip out magazine pictures, print photos from online.  This will help your bridal consultant tremendously.  Even if you only like one or two features from a certain gown, the consultant will get to know your likes and dislikes and the styles you will most likely prefer.

5)      Be open-minded.  You may have always had visions of wearing a ballgown.  But when you actually try one on, you may be surprised as to how big it actually is!  Throw in wearing this gown for 12 hours and trying to dance in it!  Try on at least one gown from every general style – ballgown, A-line, fit and flare / trumpet, mermaid, sheath, tea-length, and cocktail length.  You’ll find out what you feel comfortable in and what is most flattering for your figure.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6)      Consider your venue.  Indoor hotel / ballroom / country club-type settings allow for just about any type of gown.  But if your wedding is outdoors or if you are planning a seaside wedding, consider something flow-y rather than a traditional gown.  Often times, simple gowns are more elegant.

Isabelle Armstrong Spring 2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7)      Look at current trends.  A few years back, it seemed wedding dresses were almost a little cookie-cutter – the majority of dresses were strapless A-lines.  The reason?  The style is flattering on every body type.  While you’ll still be able to find these gowns just about anywhere you shop, we’re fortunate to see so many other styles of gowns out there to consider.  This year, we are seeing gowns with lace, color, straps and sleeves, simple with a blank white canvas, those with tremendous beading (or bling!), and dresses in every possible length from cocktail to cathedral.  Have fun when you are shopping and keep open minded!

Vera Wang pink 2014 Ines DiSanto Spring 2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8)      Give yourself time.   Most gowns take at least 6 months if not longer to come in once ordered.  Add in time to actually shop for and decide on a dress!  Time to get moving!

9)      Fit in time for fittings!  Once your gown arrives in the bridal shop, allow for at least 2 if not more fittings to get that gown looking like it was made for you.  While it may seem like a hassle to go back and forth to appointments, you really need to leave the alterations to the pros.  Remember to bring the undergarments you plan on wearing on your wedding day and your bridal shoes so the alterations team can do their jobs right.  Make sure when you leave with the gown that you are 100% satisfied.  If that means dancing around the fitting room to make sure the dress doesn’t move or slip from your body, do it!  You definitely don’t want any accidents on your wedding day.

10)  Choose a gown that YOU love.  This is your wedding gown and you have to LOVE it! It’s easy to get caught up with a gown your entire family and wedding party loves.  But if it isn’t you, don’t give in to make everyone else happy.  You are the bride!  This is your day and you need to love your gown and feel confident.

Good luck and happy shopping!  Be sure to visit Premier Bride for a listing of Boston Bridal Salons.

By:  Rita Tatem a wedding blogger for the Boston-area for over 3 years on her site Bridalista.com.

Mar 082014

Congrats on your engagement!  When the initial excitement from your family and friends has settled, one of the very first questions you will be asked is “have you set a date?”   The only way you can set a date is to select a venue and find out their availability.  Whether you have had your reception venue chosen since the age of 10 or have a list of 10 places to consider, it’s important to go in prepared.  A meeting with the wedding coordinator of a potential venue is the best way to figure out if that venue is the best space for you.  Online research is great – you can learn a lot about a venue by reading their website, blog, visiting their online galleries of real weddings, and reading reviews by former clients on different wedding review websites.   But seeing the venue in person and discussing all of those great wedding details with the folks who will essentially be running the show on one of the most important days of your life, well, is imperative.

So, what do you do?  You go in with a list of questions.  Sure, they will give you their spiel, a tour of the facility, and a rundown of the costs involved.  But this is your chance to find out everything you need to know to make your decision.  Is this your wedding venue?  If you ask all the necessary questions, you’ll walk out of the appointment with the necessary information needed to help make your decision.  You should know if this is a place you can envision your wedding taking place or not.

Need help crafting your list of questions?  Let’s start with these:

1)      What is your availability? (for the season of the year you are considering your wedding)

2)      What are the menu and bar options?

3)      Is there a food and beverage minimum that needs to be met?

4)      Is there a different food and beverage minimum on Fridays and Sundays?

5)      Do you have any vendor restrictions or a list of preferred vendors I must work with?

6)      At what time can vendors arrive to set up (this is very important for a band, DJ, florist, designer, etc. to set up) and when do they need to make sure the room is cleared?

7)      Do you have any restrictions for favors (anything alcoholic or edible)?

8)      When do you need to know the final head count?

9)      When are deposits and balances due?

10)   How do you handle staff gratuity?

11)   Who will be on site the day of my wedding to handle logistics?

12)   What do you offer as far as table, chair, and linen choices?

Chair Covers & Linens

13)   Is there a fee for use of the room?

14)   What is the length of time we can have the space?

15)   Is there an area or a room we can freshen up (or a room if your venue is a hotel).

16)   What are the parking options for guests?

17)   Is there a coat check area?

18)   How many restrooms will we have access to and may we bring in bathroom toiletries baskets?

19)   How many other events could possibly be taking place the day of my wedding?

20)   Are there any restrictions on candles and open flames?

21)   How does the tasting work?

22)   How many guests can you accommodate?

23)   Can you host the ceremony here as well?

Outdoor Ceremony

24)   Where can we set up a cocktail hour?

25)   Do we have access to any outdoor areas?

26)   If a hotel, do you offer a room block with a discounted rate for guests?

27)   Can we bring in our own caterers?

28)   Are there any restrictions on dessert tables?

29)   How much do you charge for vendor meals?

30)   What is your cancellation policy?

There are several other questions you can ask, depending on your needs and situation.  But this list should provide you with a good starting point.

So, are you ready to find your perfect reception venue?  I’ve got to say the best place to begin is right here on Premier Bride’s Advanced Venue Search.  Talk about saving you a ton of time! (And we all know that as a bride to be, any free time you have will be dedicated to wedding planning!) The Advanced Venue Search is simple and convenient.  All you have to do is plug in a few details and voila! – you have a great list of potential venues tailored to your personal wedding needs!    Your personalized list will be based on estimated number of guests, venue type, location, any special wishes you might have (such as “waterfront”), and let’s not forget one of the most important factors – cost.  The Advanced Venue Search is such a great tool for any bride to be.  Personally, I think it’s one of the most useful tools on pbboston.com and you get your personalized list in a matter of seconds.  Can’t be that!

For more information, check out the Advanced Venue Search here.

Before you know it, you’ll be announcing “we set a date”!

By:  Rita Tatem a wedding blogger for the Boston-area for over 3 years on her site Bridalista.com.

Feb 182014

Wedding Day Expositions will be holding their annual bridal show at Ocean Edge Resort in Brewster this Sunday February 23rd from 11:30 AM to 3:30 PM

Wedding Day Expositions Ocean Edge

Pre-Register online for Your FREE VIP Pass

Oct 282013

When: Friday Nov 1st 6-9 PM

WHO: You, the stylish bride and your fabulous entourage

WHAT: A fashion forward Bridal Expo complete with live entertainment, amazing vendors, an evening tasting of all Le Meridien’s finest morsels, sparkling hot wedding style and inspiration to plan your big day and more

WHERE: Le Meridien, Cambridge, MA in the Grand Ballroom and roof top garden

WHY: Because the New England Bridal Group is on a mission to deliver wedding planning to the busy Bostonian Bride on a silver platter, and on your terms. We’ve rounded up the top vendors and brought them out to a beautiful location to showcase what our members could offer for your big day. So come unwind for a girls-night-out style celebration of everything you wish a bridal expo would be and more!

So get online and get your ticket today. Seats are limited and going fast for this exclusive girls night out event. Special discount and group rates are available for a limited time only.

Get your tickets here https://fashiononthefirst.eventbrite.com/

Oct 212013

Congratulations on your engagement!  Once you and your fiancé are ready to answer the age-old question , “Have you set a date?” from countless friends and family members, it’s time to select your wedding vendors.  Luckily, Boston is a mecca of talented and reputable vendors, so you’re in good hands if you do your homework.  While some of it may seem stressful at times, this is such an amazing part of your life together that it’s best if you can try to enjoy it without it getting too overwhelming.  So, if you are looking to have a great time finding vendors and, let’s face it, a great way to get your groom involved in the wedding planning process, start thinking about your wedding entertainment!

To get things kicked off, here are a few guidelines to keep in mind as you begin the journey to find the perfect reception entertainment:

Determine your budget and wedding logistics. Couples generally allocate approximately 10% of their wedding budget to be spent on reception music.  Also, consider the number of hours you want the entertainment for, taking into consideration that each additional hour past their base number will cost you an additional amount.  Remember to also ask vendors about their travel distance and if there is a cost involved for weddings over a certain number of miles away from downtown Boston.

DJ or live band? If you are having a difficult time deciding between the two, weigh the advantages to each of them and what they mean to you as a couple, your wedding reception setting, and of course, your budget.  DJs generally are more affordable than live bands.  At the same time, some would argue nothing can be the sound of a live band performing at a wedding.   Reach out to both so you make the best educated decision.  You may want your guests dancing the night away to the latest hits, and realize a DJ is the best option for you.  Or, once you examine the age range of your guests, a live band who is talented in covering a variety of music genres may be the best option.

Image courtesy Bostons Wedding Entertainment

Music samples. Both DJs and bands should offer a website that lists sample song lists, audio music clips, and video clips from past weddings.  These three elements should give you a really good sense of the types of music they can entertain your guests with.   You’ll also get the sense of their stage presence, which can help you determine if they are the right for your venue and music preferences.

Live performances.  Live bands in particular will always offer several dates and times for you and other engaged couples to see them perform live.  Whether it’s a “band showcase” at a local establishment where several weddings bands perform or perhaps you see a band performance at a corporate event, take advantage of seeing them perform live.   This is the closest thing you will have to see what they will be like on your wedding day.  Does the band make you want to get up and dance?  What is their stage presence like?  How are others in attendance reacting to the band?

References and recommendations.   Any reputable DJ or band will offer a list of references of past clients to you.  In fact, many will list quotes on their website from happy couples who were pleased to work with them for their wedding.  If references are not offered, don’t be afraid to ask for them.  Also, if you have been to any functions or weddings recently where you particularly enjoyed the music, find out who the performers were.  And don’t forget to talk to other brides who have gotten married in the Greater Boston area over the past few years.  Oftentimes the best way to find a vendor is from a past client.

Image from TSG Weddings

Reception Restrictions. Just to be on the safe side, talk to your wedding reception venue to find out if there are any restrictions for wedding entertainment.  There may be issues such as acoustics that they would want you to keep in mind, especially if the venue has several function rooms with the potential of other events (with competing music) going on the same time as your wedding.  Also, your venue might have a preferred vendor list (vendors they have worked with in the past and trust) that might be helpful for you in your decision making process.

Contracts.  Once you have selected a vendor, review their contract in detail, and then read it again.  If you have questions, ask them, and don’t be afraid to speak up if something doesn’t seem right.  Contracts should also explicitly state when the deposit and balance is due.

Remember, while a lot of this may seem overwhelming at first, your wedding and any vendor choice you make is a reflection of you and your fiancé as a couple.  Follow these guidelines and stick to what you love and what feels to be the best fit for you!

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Today’s post by our new Guest Blogger Rita Tatem

Rita Tatem has a MBA with a concentration in Marketing and over ten years of experience in Marketing, Writing, and Event Planning.  She has a true passion for weddings and is continuously keeping up with the latest trends and Boston-area wedding resources to assist local brides in their wedding planning process.  She aims to make the wedding planning process a simpler and enjoyable process for brides everywhere.  She has been a wedding blogger for the Boston-area for over 3 years on her site Bridalista.com.

May 132013

Green Bride Guide Celia GraceGreenBrideGuide.com, the top site for eco-conscious wedding planning and Boston Vendor Celia Grace encourages Premier Bride Boston reader’s to go green with their wedding planning.  This spring from May 15-June 15, we invite you to share your plans on going green with your wedding planning. How will you “Green” Your Boston Wedding? Share your story for a chance to win fair trade accessories for the bride and groom from GBG vendor Celia Grace, valued at $100. Enter HERE.

May 122013

GREEN YOUR WEDDING, SAVE MONEY, AND ENTER TO RECEIVE CASH TOWARD FAIR TRADE ACCESSORIES

Submitted by GreenBrideGuide.com

It’s difficult to ignore the trend to go green.  But when it comes to your wedding, it is hard to know where to start making eco-conscious choices. The good news is that even small green choices can make a difference in decreasing your wedding’s impact on the environment. Planning a green wedding is easier than you might think, and as an added bonus, it’s usually a money-saver as well.  What will you do to “green” your Boston Wedding? Let us know and enter to win ($100 worth of) fair trade accessories from Celia Grace of Boston.

Start “going green” with these ten ideas.

1. Think Vintage

Vintage elements are a hot wedding trend right now, plus eco-friendly and will likely save you money, too. Your jewelry can be vintage—heirloom rings make gorgeous green engagement pieces, and your grandmother’s pearls are a special way to honor her on your wedding day—but don’t stop there. Infuse your day with a retro chic look. Scour consignment stores for vintage mason jars, pitchers, tins or vases. You can fill them with flowers for centerpieces, or load them with candy for a colorful and sweet display. Find vintage fabrics to use as your table covers, to wrap your bouquet, or to serve as or backdrop for your photo booth. Buy vintage postage stamps in mint condition on eBay to use on your invitations. For the ultimate in retro-glam, find a vintage gown and have a good tailor fit it for you. The possibilities are endless.

2. Green Your Travel

The impact of wedding-related travel is significant. According to The Wedding Report, about 75% of couples travel to and from their wedding in a limousine, at an average cost of $674.  Here are a few ways to save money and emissions: Cut your guest list down to essential family and friends.  Change up the transportation options. If you have 100 guests who share transportation (four per car), that’s still twenty-five vehicles driving from one location to the next and contributing to global warming. Minimize the travel footprint by having your ceremony and reception in the same place to negate the emissions.  This saves guests the hassle of going from one place to another. Use a bus or van to move everyone. Provide snacks and drinks on board and it’s a party to get there. A trolley is also a fun option and a bonus if you can find an electric trolley. The couple riding the bus, subway, tandem bicycle, elegantly decorated horse and carriage, or boat to come in if the reception or wedding is sure to not only get everyone’s attention, but think about the gorgeous arty photographs that will result.

3. DIY Details

Do-it-yourself projects can be a fun way to add eco-details and a personal touch to your wedding. Utilize your creative talents to decide what kinds of projects you can do, then green your DIY ideas by choosing repurposed, recycled, or vintage materials. Have beautiful penmanship? Create your own place cards from recycled cardstock. Crafty with a sewing machine? Stitch purses using reclaimed fabrics and give them as bridesmaids’ gifts. Have a penchant for paint? Repurpose old picture frames by painting them in fitting colors for your décor. Print or draw table numbers or menus on recycled paper to put inside the frame, or fill them with family or childhood pictures of you and your intended to decorate the ceremony or reception site.

4. Incorporate Natural Elements

There are so many ways to include nods to nature in your wedding décor. Coordinate the use of natural elements of the season of your wedding and you will have a bounty of options: richly colored leaves in the fall, pinecones in the winter, beach sand and shells in the summer…you get the idea.

Wood pieces can be a great starting point for your natural décor. Fallen branches in the backyard can be collected and repurposed to create rustic ceremony adornments, or cut to become surprisingly elegant name cardholders. You could even use a thin slice of wood as a uniquely beautiful ring pillow.

Using natural elements in your floral arrangements adds an unusual beauty and cuts down on the use of flowers overall. Moss, grass, and driftwood are some options for creating beautiful bouquets and centerpieces.

Rocks and stones offer a variety of colors and textures to suit your wedding’s style. Work them into centerpieces, line them up at the ceremony site to create an aisle (instead of a wasteful disposable aisle runner), or use a water-based paint pen on them to create place cards without paper.

5. Surf for Green

Because most couples choose to set up a wedding website these days, this one may sound like a no-brainer. However, utilizing the internet is a great way to keep the environment in mind when you consider how much paper you can eliminate from your invitations and the wedding itself.

Use your wedding website to house all the important information your guests will need: directions, itineraries, carpooling options, lodging, menus, and more. Make sure your guests can also RSVP directly on the site, and there will be no need for the additional RSVP card. If you have relatives or friends who are not Internet savvy (and there are likely only a few), they can RSVP by phone.

6. Meaningful Favors

How will your guests remember your day? It can be hard to come up with a small gift to give to over a hundred guests that will be a meaningful token of your appreciation, and a fitting reminder of your day. More often than not, guests leave a wedding with a tiny trinket that eventually gets thrown in the trash.

Consider instead something that your guests will be happy to see every day as they remember your special day. Plantable items, like seeds and tree saplings, are growing in popularity as wedding favors, especially because of the wonderful symbolism they provide: they grow and blossom, just like your love.

Edibles make perfect eco-friendly favors too. Chocolates and candies can be used creatively. A colorful candy station where guests fill a craft bag with their favorites is engaging and conversational.  Utilizing local businesses is eco-friendly too, like a tiny bottle of maple syrup for a Vermont wedding, or a miniature bottle of wine for a vineyard celebration.

7. Choose to Reuse

Much of the wastefulness of weddings comes from the multitude of single use items that are associated with them. Clothing, décor pieces, and even leftover food can find a use beyond the trashcan if you plan ahead.

When you consider bridal party attire, think with future use in mind. The men can purchase new suits that they’ll wear again, or coordinate their looks with formalwear they already own. If tuxedos are a must, rentals are the best option since most men do not have a need for a tuxedo in their personal wardrobe. Women’s attire can be a little trickier, but matching gowns in one color are the hardest type to reuse. Instead, bridesmaids and children in the wedding party can be given a color palette from which to choose something they already own, or to purchase something they will wear again.

The bride could refashion a family or vintage gown, or buy a once-worn gown on a site like smartbride.com. If her heart is set on a new gown, she should consider reselling or donating it afterward. Bridal shoes are also typically a one-time wear. Like gowns, these can be bought once-worn and then resold after, or the bride can choose shoes in a color besides white that she is more likely to wear again.

Leftover food and flowers can also find another use after the wedding, but these details require advance arrangements. Contact local hospitals or nursing homes ahead of time to see if your flowers can brighten up their patients’ days after your wedding. Arrange to donate your leftover food to a shelter or soup kitchen so none of it goes to waste.

Even décor pieces can be repurposed or reused. Sites like tradesy.com/weddings and brideshare.com allow couples to share or resell décor pieces so they don’t become once-used items.

8. Eat Your Décor

Favors aren’t the only wedding item that can be edible. Fruits, vegetables, and even herbs offer a rainbow of options to add color to your ceremony and reception décor. Add a name tag to a ripe orange or a juicy peach and now you’ve created edible place cards. You can even work edible elements into your floral arrangements. Once the wedding is over, put these edible décor pieces on the menu for your farewell brunch the next day, or arrange to donate them.

9. Use the Season

Seasonal food and flowers are eco-friendly options, to be sure, but you can take “seasonal” even further by using it to inspire all of your décor choices. Chances are, you’ve chosen to have your wedding in a certain season to capitalize on the colors and elements associated with it, so all you have to do is look around.

A June wedding, for example, is the perfect time to choose berry hues. Take your out of town guests berry picking as a fun and festive activity before the wedding, and hand those freshly picked strawberries over to your baker to decorate your cake. Gather a group of friends to make berry jam, and then gift your guests with the sweet treat in jelly jars that they can reuse at their homes. Baskets full of deep purple and brilliant red berries make a striking presentation, and a delicious addition to your dessert table. You can use these ideas with any season’s bounty: think of orange and green gourds and gold and red leaves in the fall or deep green pine boughs accented with bright holly berries in the winter.

Be creative with what’s available in your season, and be sure to coordinate your décor ideas with your florist.

10. Give Back

Part of being environmentally aware is giving back. There are so many ways to recognize causes in which you believe on your wedding day. You can include important charities by creating a charity registry, through which guests are invited to donate in lieu of more traditional wedding gifts. You can also make a donation in honor of your guests instead of giving individual wedding favors.

A number of organizations allow brides to donate their dresses after the wedding. This is a great option for a bride who prefers a new dress for her wedding day; the charity resells the gown and uses the money for their cause. Brides Against Breast Cancer and the Bridal Garden are two such charities. Operation Fairy Dust collects bridesmaid gowns and then redistributes them to young girls who cannot afford gowns for proms or formal dances.

One final eco-friendly option is offsetting the carbon impact of your wedding. You can use a carbon calculator like the one available at www.greenbrideguide.com to determine your wedding’s impact, and then purchase carbon credits through an organization like Brighter Planet.

Whether you choose just a few of these options or try to incorporate all of them, every choice makes a difference. You can make your wedding more personalized, share your green values with your guests, and likely save money, too.

Oct 082012

 

Fall Boston Bridal Show

 

Sunday October 14th Boston Bridal Show

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212 Northern Ave Boston MA 02210

11:30 AM to 4:30 PM

Fashion Show by La Reine Bridal, Seminars and many of Boston’s best wedding professionals.

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