July 28, 2009

Home made wedding favours

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I loved Kerry's latest blog entry all about making jam using pick your own berries from an organic farm and bottling it up for their very personal wedding favours.

At the moment everything in the garden at GU HQ is ripening and we're picking and bottling, preserving and pickling it all ready for the winter months. There's nothing like opening a jar of summer sunshine when its cold and frosty outside and I can't think of a better gift to give all your wedding guests as a lovely reminder of that glorious summer's day when you tied the knot.

The image is from Make-Jam where you can find English jam recipes and all the equipment you might need to make your own wedding favour preserves.

Posted in Green Wedding Gifts & Favours

July 24, 2009

Lately in the Green Wedding Adventure - Wedding Favors

Lately there has been little time to reflect on the wedding planning process - we are in production mode, and with about 6 weeks until the wedding, we are nearing the end of the major To Do's on the list...

After finalizing our menu earlier this month, and with a solid plan in place for decorations, we had only a few final details to work out. One of them included what to do about favors. We knew we didn’t want our guests to leave with something that was less than useful, or worse would be tossed immediately. We also knew we wanted to stay within our budget, so we nixed a few of the options we looked into because they were too expensive.

What we decided on is very “us”, locally produced and within the budget - we made and canned homemade berry jam for all our guests last weekend. We picked the berries at a local (organic) farm, and spent an entire day preparing and canning the jam (realizing how grateful we are to live in a time when canning is optional and fun, not a necessity).

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Here's the recipe:

8 cups crushed berries
3 cups sugar
2Tbsp lemon juice

Mix these ingredients in a pan over medium-low heat, bring to a boil slowly, and boil until it starts to thicken (depends on the pectin in the berries how long this will take). As it cools it will continue to thicken too.

Click on this link for the step by step instructions and how to bottle the jam up.

My fiancé will design a label for the jars and we’ll integrate our wedding colors into the display of the favors by putting a swatch of fabric between the lids and metal rings. We are excited to have found something that will definitely be used (and the jars reused) which will give our guests a taste of our new home ... Oregon is known for the myriad berries that thrive here.

Next on the agenda: finalizing the ceremony, which we are putting together ourselves and meeting with our officiant, a close friend.

Posted by Kerry - Blogger Bride

Posted in Green Wedding Blogger Brides , Gifts & Favours

July 20, 2009

Low Impact Wedding Series - The Decorations

We had such a beautiful location for the wedding we felt that it didn’t need much decoration. My one recommendation to others is to start with a beautiful place. It will be so much less work in the long run.

wedding_reception.jpgLinen Rentals:
For the reception we were in a very beautiful church, but the community room was very plain. We weren't really sure if we were going to be able to use it because it was set to be completed at the beginning of June and they were behind. They actually opened the room one week before our wedding, so that's when I really started to consider how to decorate the hall. The quickest fix was to rent white table cloths from a local rental company for $15 each for an 8 person round table. We also paid $16 each for several long table cloths for the gift table, family pictures and guest book table.
Total rented linens $124.12

Cloth Napkins: I insisted that we have no disposables used at our wedding. So when it came to napkins I looked into renting cloth ones and discovered they were about $0.40 a piece to rent. So instead I bought many, many vintage cloth napkins in lots off eBay for less than $0.40 a piece and ended up with enough for one per guest so there was one at every place setting. It added a lot to the room and people sat at places because they wanted a certain napkin. I am pretty sure people took them home too as I was missing about 20 at the end of the day!

With the rest I plan on making them into a quilt at some point, but even missing 20 I have more than enough for that project.

Misc: In a previous post I mentioned the floral center pieces I made using my mom’s antiques and flowers from her garden. I also made flower arrangements for the guest book table, bathrooms and the family wedding portraits table.

Total cost - $164.12

For more information and ideas on how to decorate your wedding reception venue go to our advice pages, or to hire a stylist for your wedding go to our Green Wedding Directory.

Posted in Green Wedding Decorations & Details , Natural Nuptials

July 16, 2009

Lazy Lates at the RSA

vaults-1.jpgIf you're thinking of a chic city wedding in central London, here's a fantastic special offer from the RSA House:

Lazy Lates Special Offer

Available from August 2009 through to March 2010

We know that organising a wedding can be hard work, especially at short notice! So for everyone thinking of getting married in the coming months, we have come up with some all inclusive packages to take the stress out of your day.

60 Guests for £6500 + VAT

80 Guests for £8000 + VAT

100 Guests for £9500 + VAT

Additional guests can join you for the day at a charge of just £95.00 + vat per person.

Evening guests only (after the Wedding Breakfast) can join you at no extra charge!

These packages include absolutely everything you need to have a fantastic day - room, candles, co-ordinator, menus and place cards, drinks reception, canapes, wedding breakfas, light evening buffet, disco and dancing.

One venue, one co-ordinator and one price. Sit back, relax and enjoy the day. All you need to do is invite the guests and decide what to wear!

Oh, and don't forget, if you book and pay before January you will only pay 15% VAT and save pounds! (VAT goes back up to 17.5% in January 2010)

To find out more contact the RSA House:
W: www.theRSA.org/house; Tel: 020 7451 6815; Email: weddings@rsa.org.uk

Posted in Green Wedding Special Offers , Venues

July 14, 2009

Prize Winner

Congratulations to Michelle from Preston who has won our fantastic jewellery prize draw competition in assoiciation with Cred the fair trade jeweller. This gorgeous silver ring will be winging its way to you very soon!

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A big thank you to all who participated. If you want to verify your participation in this draw you can do so by clicking on the following link:
http://www.random.org/draws/details/?draw=728


Posted in Green Wedding Giveaways , Jewellery

July 13, 2009

Last chance!

Our fantastic jewellery prize draw competition, in association with fair trade jewellers Cred, closes at midnight tonight so if you haven't already answered to two easy peasy questions we put, don't delay. Get answering!

There's not much time left for the chance to win this elegant and contemporary recycled silver, satin finished ring worth £70.00. To find out more, and enter our competition, just click here.

The winner will be announced tomorrow, so check in and find out if you were the lucky one!

Posted in Green Wedding Giveaways , Jewellery

July 02, 2009

Halcyon honeymoons

Robert and Diane Kirkwood have been married for 17 years and moved to France in 2000. They live in the village of Busserolles, in the Dordogne area of SW France and they opened their first holiday property, the Woodsman's Cabin (then known as 'Covert Cabin') in 2006. Since then, they have constructed their second cottage, Fisherman's Cabin, nearby. Both Cabins are available all year round. We asked Diane to tell us how they came to be the proud owners of two of the most unique honeymoon getaways that we know of. Over to you Diane...

honymoon_tandem.jpgThe northernmost part of Dordogne in France is a beautiful forested area with many lakes and it was to here that we came eight years ago, having done the classic Brit thing of falling in love with an old stone farmhouse in need of TLC and buying it without giving much thought to what we'd do when we got here! Soon after our arrival we discovered nearby a leafy overgrown lane where, hidden among the trees was a little lake. Right from the start, it had a sense of calm and of being untouched by the modern world, the woodland was overgrown with brambles like Sleeping Beauty's forest and, (here we go again!), we knew we had to have it! A few enquiries led us to the owner and a deal was struck, and then a few months later we became the proud owners of not only the lake and 6 acres of woodland, but also a rather ugly breezeblock construction with a corrugated roof. To be honest, we thought about demolishing this eyesore, but further inspection revealed it to be solidly built and then, somewhere along the line, the idea of transforming it into a cabin and the perfect honeymoon hideout was born.

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Posted in Green Wedding Honeymoon & Eco Tourism

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