Getting Married In Green

The hit US TV show ‘Get Married‘ give couples ideas and inspiration for their weddings, from Hollywood glamour to water themes and destinations.

Last night’s episode focused on the growing trend of Green weddings and you can check it out here (select Tue 5th May).

Keep your wedding eco chic by choosing aspects that create an impact with minimal effect on the environment.
– Using flowers such as hydrangeas mean you get a great display with just a small number of blooms (left)
– Use candles as a table centrepiece, which will be used after the wedding – just make sure they are soy wax, which doesn’t contain petroleum and so burns cleanly. You could collect wine bottles from a local restaurant (or collect your own if you have a long engagement) to hold dinner candles or single stem flowers.
– If you do use flowers, collect vintage vases from second hand shops or car-boot sales for a creative collection of different shaped pieces. You can give the centrepieces to guests who have helped with aspects of the day as their thank you.

– Choose flowers that are in season and locally grown to cut down on the miles they have travelled. Your florist will be able to advise you on what will work well for the season of your wedding. Remember you can create colour with foliage…
– There are some gorgeous silvers and red from leaves that can work with a minimal use of blooms – cutting your budget too.

How to plan The Great British Wedding

Planning a Great Wedding in Britain

One thing to be said about the British – we have the ability to laugh at ourselves…a lot!


The discerning bride’s guide

BBC4′s commentary on the British tradition of weddings is tongue in cheek to say the least. From the stylish opening shot of Beyond Skin-esque shoes on a bed of confetti I am not prepared for the programme I am about to watch (catch it again on i-player)

Using footage from documentaries from days gone by Mark Benton narrates a step-by-step guide to how the Brits tie the knot. With quirky observations from the stag do to the table plan, from the rings to the first dance, this is a look at how the Brits just about manage to rise to the occasion on one of the most momentous days of our lives – the wedding day.  Try not to show too much emotion…we’re British!

The coming together of big hair and big veil

I just love all those retro video’s from my parents generation – and yes, my Dad still has his wedding flares… (this is not my parents, but a still from the programme – left)

Favourite moments:
– the hen party – rasing money for the couples new start with a ‘pay-per-kiss’ scheme in the local pub. Raucous!
– The touching ending – reminding us why we get married in the first place…and that it really isn’t about how much money you spend.

…and if you are planning a 70′s theme, there is inspiration a-plenty, from big hair to even bigger bridal head-dresses… go on, you know you want to!

The Great Wedding Magazine Swap

How To Swap Wedding Magazines

I love wedding magazines and it is so tempting to want to buy them all – so many gorgeous ideas and style tips…plus you get to ogle at the amazing dresses…

But do I really need the most recent issue? Surely the ideas behind the features are timeless – plus, if I am planning an Autumn wedding in Spring I am limited on ideas that are not for basked-in-sunshine weather…

Wedding Magazines Swap

So save money for the actual day by picking up back issues of magazines from friends who got married last year – especially if you have a long engagement – get your soon-to-be-married friends to save their wedding magazines to pass onto you when they are done with them…

If you have a shorter deadline, or dont know any soon-to-be-brides, then you can still pick up back issues on ebay, or put an ad on freecycle (WANTED: wedding magazines). You can still get really recent issues – here’s one on ebay for a March 2009 issue (ends 26th April 7pm) – it will have current news and releases in – but the looks and ideas are timeless! Just remember to tot up the price plus the postage to make sure you are getting it for cheaper than buying new…

There is also an online community dedicated to magazine swapping, so if you have loads of magazines you’d like to swap then hop onto magcycle.com and start swapping!