When I was planning my wedding, I came across Botanical Paperworks and fell in love with the idea of flower seed paper. Since then, they’ve come up with a fun line of wedding invitations in addition to their memorial cards (which we got for my grandmother) and plantable confetti. Here are a few of my favorite plantable wedding invitations (click each invitation for more information)!
Doing DIY? They can do that too!
The quintessential wedding image: the newly-married couple leaving their ceremony, being pelted with rice.
Why the heck do we do this, anyway? Throwing things at a newly married couple is a very old tradition, and is intended to give newlyweds good luck. Most of the items thrown at the couple represent fertility and abundance.
Although the rumor that rice kills birds is widespread, it’s actually an urban myth. If you’d like to have it thrown at you (and your venue allows), feel free. Looking for a more eco-friendly wedding rice alternative? Check these out:
Time management, friend. Get as much done as possible, as far ahead of time as possible, lest you be gluing tiny starfish to your place cards the night before your wedding. Make sure that you aren’t biting off more than you can chew, too: a couple of in-depth, craft-heavy DIY projects are enough for one wedding. You don’t need to have sewn programs made from burlap and twine and hand silk-screened wedding invitations.
Try to estimate how much time each project will take (and how likely you are to get sick of doing it). Projects that will take a long time or frustrate you should be scheduled first—that way, you have plenty of time to complete them (and take breaks as necessary). Some projects, such as place cards, need to be completed closer to the wedding date when your guest list is final—those items will go last on the list.
Other great tips:
- Make a list of your projects on Google Docs. Include the start date, completion date, estimated time it will take, and list of items you need to purchase for each item. Share this document with anyone who is helping you with your projects.
- Get Tupperware bins (try freecycle or craigslist!), and label them for projects that are completed, in progress, and upcoming.
- If you’re getting overwhelmed, don’t order anything for the next project until your current project is completed. This will also benefit you if you think you might throw in the towel on a project: less items to return or repurpose later.
Unfortunately, your carefully laid plans mean nothing if they aren’t well-executed. And if you’re getting married and—we’d hope—enjoying yourself, you don’t want to be running around like a madwoman (or man) trying to make sure that your ceremony decorations make it to the reception, or that the attendants are all where they need to be.
A Day of Coordinator (or DOC) will make sure that your wedding day runs smoothly. You do all the planning, then hand your plans over to your DOC. Usually, a DOC will help you before the wedding, too—checking your timeline, helping you with the order of your ceremony, and making sure that all your loose ends are tied up. At the end of the reception, he or she will also likely help organize the people who have promised to take things home for you—such as leftover food, flowers, gifts and the like.
You could ask a friend to perform a DOC’s duties, but it’s much nicer if all of your guests can enjoy the wedding day. Plus, there’s no substitution for experience. A DOC will have an “emergency kit” on hand to take care of anything from a torn bustle to a red wine stain. In short, a DOC is highly recommended!