Take time to date

Take Some Time To Date Before You Make The Big Step

When swept away int he throws of wedding planning it is easy to forget to take time to just be with each other. During engagement A & I set aside whole weekends (we didnt see each other very often) when we would’t talk about the wedding or planning at all – it was great, and necessary to keep sane!

Holding HandsHere are a few ideas:
– Pack a picnic basket and head to the park / riverbank / anywhere… Surprise your partner with their favourite foods from the local farmers market…and a mini bottle of champers – obviously!
– All this week in London there are loads of events taking place to encourage you to slow down (unless you are a marathon runner – go Tegwen!) and take time out. Check out the Slow Down London events planned… 24th April – 4th May
– Save cash – try some of the free things that are on offer in town – Time Out has loads a pretty definative list including comedy clubs, bars, art and music…

Check us out in Wed

Check us out in Wed

Check Us Out!!!

It’s not just us who are excited about Wedding Notebook’s launch in the Autumn. Wed magazine have featured us in their new issue out this month. Check out the great feature on wedding gift lists in the July issue of Wed.

With stunning photo inspiration, genuine advice and gorgeous real-weddings, Wed magazine is the must-have guide for the indie bride-to-be, with a specifically cornish supplier directory.

You can view all the previous issues on the website so start browsing for inspiration and ideas.

The Story Of Stuff

The amazing thing about your wedding is that you are marrying the person of your dreams… When planning it can be easy to get carried away with all the excitement and start spending and adding more ‘things’ into the day.

I checked out this video which really brought me down to earth about the way I view stuff:

It has made me think more about what and when i buy, and to aim to be more ethically and environmentally conscious. Thrift, handmade and cutting down are all great ways to be individual and save money too!

Get green inspiration at UK aware

f you are looking for inspiration and ideas on greener living, then make a stop at the UK Aware show next week. Hosted at Londons Olympia on Fri 17th & Sat 18th April the event shows you how easy greener living can be, how it will improve your quiality of life and how much money it can save you.

Here are some of the things I am most looking forward to:
– Getting travel ideas from ecoescape – ideal for planning your honeymoon, or even just a short UK break to get away from wedding planning for a bit!
– Swishing – there will be two clothes swap events each day giving you may opportunity to grab a ‘new to you’ wardrobe courtesy of Daisy green magazine with all profits and left over clothes going to Traid
– some green debates on subjects such as finance, business, lifestyle and trends lead by the leading names in ethical business
– getting informed – there is so much info out there that it canbe confusing. Talk directly to the companies and other consumers to get informed and to see the new fangled ideas that are out there. You can see a full list of exhibitors here

There are FREE tickets around on the web if you do a good search, but at a small £5 there is nothing stopping you just getting a ticket

Check back for a report after the event…

Throw Romance In The Wind

Wedding lanterns look beautiful and have been suggested as the most romantic send-off fo the bride and groom – the guests light the lanterns and let them go, watching the little lights rising into the nights sky.

I must admit it does look stunning. Standing on the cliff-top in Cornwall this week, we watched the lanterns from a beach wedding rising up over our heads like a column of stars.

But do we think about what happens to them after the flame has gone out and the remnants come in to land? It saddened me the next morning to see the paper and frames scattered about the fields on the cliff top, and being washed onto the beach by the incoming tide. It looked horrible, littering the beautiful countryside and leaving a mess for the locals to clean up.

When planning a wedding there are various decisions to be made on the materials and resources. To go organic or not, to use local flowers or import. These lanterns showed to me the impact of decisions in a more immediate way than other things. We may not see an immediate benefit of avoiding throw-away crockery or having an organic wedding dress, but these small decisions add up to minimising the negative impact of our wedding.

If lavender be the scent of love…

Lavender Fields Of Love

So, incase you have stumbled across this site and happen not to be engaged to be married, you may be interested in this eco-speed-dating event happening next Saturday in a lavender field near you…

Following the success of BTCV in York, Carshalton Lavender, the Observer Ethical Award-winning community group based in the London Borough of Sutton, is introducing eco-dating, a new form of match-making for environmentally-conscious singles aged 30-50, to London on Saturday 18th April.

Eco-dating takes the speed dating idea and aims do a little for the environment at the same time – helping to prepare Carshalton Lavender’s field for this year’s annual lavender harvest. Whilst going about the tasks at hand you will be paired with a different partner every 10 minutes, and the small sum of £5 includes all the hot drinks and cake you could need…

Sign up quickly whilst there are still places available. and dont forget to let us know how you got on…

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!