There’s no shortage of creative wedding ideas on the Internet, and Martha Stewart Weddings is one of our all-time favorites. We’ve collected a few of their best eco-friendly table settings to share with you:
We love this chic place card, full of sweet pea seeds. Create your own version with plain stock paper, vellum baggies, and a sewing machine:
Pinterest is full of potted favors, but these unique moss place cards are simultaneously modern and organic. Love!
Your nuptials can both glam and zen with this simple pebble setup. We love the simple black rocks paired with tea lights:
Any of these ideas have the added benefit of saving money, too!
If you’re looking for a cute way to let guests know you’ve made a donation to charity for your wedding favors, check out these colored awareness ribbons! They’re really cute, and —get this—they’re made from flower seed paper. Anywhere your guests plant the ribbon, wildflowers will grow. They’re available in nearly 40 standard colors…one for nearly every cause you can think of.
What a great way to give back, both to the world and your guests.
Here’s a cool idea for raising money at your wedding (in the bride’s own words):
At this wedding, you didn’t clink glasses to get us to kiss. You donated money to City of Hope. We raised $271. We didn’t expect the mad stampede of guests waving dollar bills when we made the announcement. Boy did we have numb lips when it was over! We have such awesome people in our lives!
My friend Cyndi and her partner have the most unique (and personal!) rings I’ve ever seen. In fact, Cyndi’s “fingerprint” ring is so eye-catching that it is one of the first things I noticed about her.
Their rings came from Brent & Jess, a company that specializes in putting very realistic fingerprints on the outside (or inside) of rings.
Using a one-of-a-kind fingerprint impression kit, Brent & Jess capture the ridges and valleys specific to each finger—the real texture, unlike an ink print. The ring is then cast using the “lost wax casting process,” resulting in an actual impression of your finger.
If you’re looking for something a little different in your wedding rings, check out some of the styles (and sets) from Brent & Jess:
My parents were married in 1976, and my mother’s gorgeous floral dress was a dream. Unfortunately, I didn’t think about wearing it until I’d already purchased my own dress; it wouldn’t have needed an inch of alterations.
Many women save their dresses for their daughters. If you are lucky enough to have a mother who did this and wore something beautiful, fantastic! That’s not the case for most brides-to-be: styles have changed a lot over the years (especially since the dreaded 1980s).
Never fear—you can alter vintage dresses into more modern versions of themselves, making them an eco-friendly and meaningful choice for your wedding gown. Here are a few of my favorites:
Before I planned a wedding, I knew next-to-nothing about them. So, when I went to my friend Krista’s wedding in 2008, I thought her centerpieces were cute—but I didn’t realize how completely genius they were until later.
On every table, Krista had a small cake instead of a floral centerpiece. Each cake was decorated differently, adding visual interest, and had a notecard sticking out the top with the table number. At the end of the meal, the servers removed the cakes from each table, cut them, and invited guests to choose a slice from one of four flavors.
I love this idea, because it saves money and resources—and still looks great.