Green Weddings Part 1: The Venue

If you are planning on going green for your wedding, more power to you! There are lots of ways that you can reduce your carbon footprint…even on one of the biggest day of your life! All you need to do is remember the three R’s in every category of your wedding day: Reduce, Reuse and Recycle.

I know what you are thinking…how can picking a venue reduce my carbon footprint? It can, you just need to ask the right questions. Questions, that most brides wouldn’t even think to ask. I will list some of the main questions you should ask to help you make the right decision for you and your Groom-to-Be.

  • Do they have a recycling policy?
  • Are you able to host the ceremony and reception there? This helps reduce traveling pollution to and from each site.
  •  Where do they purchase their food and do they support local or regional farmers?
  •  Do they compost leftover food or do they donate leftovers to a local garden?
  • Do they have any decor items on site that you would be able to reuse?
  • Are you able to bring in your own baker so you have the option of getting an organic wedding cake?
  • Are you able to reuse floral arrangements from the previous night’s event for bathrooms, entrance tables, etc.?

Those are just a few of the questions that you can ask your venue in addition to all the others that you would normally ask. For more, you can check out Eco-Chic Weddings by Emily Elizabeth Anderson. She has a lot of great information!

When planning your wedding and looking into the venue, you want to support businesses that are doing in regard to sustainability. Make sure they are on the same wavelength as you are in regards to green practices. There are lots of great places that you can get married in such as: a park, or you can support a Non-Profit by having it at a Museum or a garden. A great place is a Vineyard! You would be supporting local farming, plus most of them have a restaurant on site which would give you the same benefits of having the reception at a restaurant. I have done many wedding here in Temecula at the local Vineyards! They are beautiful!

Check out these websites to help you find a green venue by you.

www.greenbrideguide.com. This is my favorite place to go for information on green weddings.

http://greenhotels.com

http://greenweddingshoes.com/top-26-coolest-wedding-venues/

The knot also has a way that you can check Eco-friendly when searching.

I hope that I have given you some good information as a start of this green weddings series! Thank you for reading and please pass it along to those who will benefit from this information!

“Being Green is Beautiful!”

 

The New Wedding Wednesdays Heads Up!

I haven’t been writing in almost a year! A lot has happened…moved twice and bought a house! That has been taking a lot of my attention, but I am trying to get back into this. I have thought about what I wanted to do on Wedding Wednesdays and decided that I was going to help you plan an Eco Friendly Wedding! Each week, I will talk about the different aspects it takes to plan and execute a wedding. I hope that it is helpful to you or someone else that you know that is in the planning stages right now.

Here is a wedding planning checklist that I have created for you to help this planning process go as simply as possible! As you can see, one of the first things on the list is to find a venue…so that is where I will start. Next week, I will talk about how to choose a venue that goes with your eco friendly vibe!

Yes, today is Thursday and not Wednesday, however, I wanted to give you a heads up as to what will be coming starting next week! I look forward to sharing with you lots of great information about creating a green wedding.

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Straight and Braided

IMG_6404It’s Wednesday again and that means it’s time to talk about WEDDINGS!!!

Today I have another very simple tutorial for a Flower Girl/Jr. Bridesmaid’s hairstyle. The model today is my friend’s daughter, Caylei. So thank you Caylei for being a great model! She loves to have her hair straightened, so that is where I started with this hairstyle.

This picture is the end result of the Straight and Braided! I know that it is a very simple (and maybe easy to some) hairstyle, however, I feel it’s very classic and can be worn at many different ages. Plus, it keeps the hair out of their face so they aren’t messing with it constantly.

What you will need:

Clips, Hair Oil, Thermal Spray, Hair brush, Straightener, Comb, clear rubber band, Hair Spray

Ok, here we go. IMG_6390This is what Caylei’s hair looked like after I brushed it out.

IMG_63921.) From here you are just going to part the hair in different sections and pin them up.

2.) Once you have all your hair sectioned off, now you can begin to straighten the hair. Before you use your straightener, spray each section of the hair with a Thermal Spray. I like to use Enjoy Thermal Spray. Hold about 8 inches away from the hair. Comb it though and then begin to straighten. You will continue this process with every section of the hair.

IMG_63943.) Once you have finished, spray a little bit of the Hair oil all over the hair. I like to use Alterna Bamboo Kendi Dry Oil. It’s light weight and helps tame the hair.

4.) Now you will begin your half french braid on both sides of the hair. I don’t have very good pictures of this, but I will be creating a tutorial for this. Once I do, I will place a link in this post!IMG_6403

5.) Once you have both your braids, you will braid them into a regular 3 strand braid down the center back. Tie it off with a clear rubber band, and you are all set. You can add your own hair accesory of your choice. For now, I just used s comb I had created awhile ago. Or you can leave it alone and keep it very simple. Either way, it’s simple and classy.

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Simple & Cute Curls

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It’s time for Wedding Wednesday…

Today I am showing you a simple and sweet hairstyle, modeled by my daughter, that you can have your flower girl or Jr. Bridesmaid wear. I will give you step-by-step instructions in case you aren’t sure what to do, however, It’s very simple. I will be doing more complicated hairstyles as the weeks go on.

Here we go. I will list the products that you will need to complete this hairstyle.

Things you will need:

Brush, Comb, Large clips, Thermal setting spray (I use the Enjoy Thermal Spray), hairspray (I use the Alterna Bamboo Ultra Hold), a finishing spray (I use the Alterna Bamboo Kendi Dry Oil), and a hair accessory.

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Now that you have all your products, let’s get started!

Step 1: Brush out the hair so there is no tangles.

Step 2: You are going to start sectioning off the hair into smaller areas. This makes it easier to work with as well as making sure you are getting all the hair. I start off and make two sections in the front. Starting in the center on the top of the head, drag your comb with the skinny end all the way to the back of the ear. Grab that hair and twist it up and hold with a clip. Do the same with the other side.IMG_6413

Step 3: Now you will section off the rest of the hair. Depending on how much hair they have, you will need about 3-4 clips for the back. I always start with the top and work my way down. You can do whatever works best for you. I start near the top of the crown of the head and start at one side the head and drag my comb to the other side. I keep doing this until I have sectioned all my hair into workable areas.

Step 4: Now to start curling. I always start at the the undermost hair section. I unclip that section and I start off by spraying the hair will the thermal spray. This will protect the hair as well as define the curl. You don’t want to spray too close to the hair; stay at least 6-8 inches away. Continue this with all the sections.

Step 5: You should now be completely done curling all the sections. Make sure you spray one more time with the thermal spray, at least 8-10 inches away over the entire head.

Step 6: Now to style! You can do lots of styles once the hair has been curled, but today, we are going to keep it simple. Once the curls have cooled, I gently ran my fingers though the hair to break up the curls just a little after I sprayed with my dry oil. You don’t need a lot of this. Spray the entire head and then run your fingers through to create shine and tame any frizz that you may have.

Step 7: Add you hair accessory. This time I just added my Simple and Sparkle Headband. Check out my post from yesterday about how to make your own!

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That’s it! Your simple look is complete. Perfect for any wedding or special occasion.

Hope you enjoyed! More hairstyles to come…

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Wedding Wednesday DIY

Weddings can be expensive. For my wedding I did a lot of DIY to keep the costs down. I am also very big on reusing old things, such as jars from food, drinks, etc. Often times I use them for vases. It’s just as good as buying brand new vases. With a little love, you can get those jars looking great!

A couple weeks ago, I did the Bride World Expo in Costa Mesa. For my booth, I wanted to bring in some nature. So I grabbed some of my mason jars and wrapped some Jute twine around the bottoms…and viola! I got a cute vase! Take a look. I think that they came out really well. Something very simple can be very elegant. I got lots of compliments on them. Lots of brides taking pictures wanting to use that idea for their wedding! So, what do you have to lose? Go ahead and look around your house and get crafting…green style!

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Bridal Bazaar!

Well I have completed my first Bridal Bazaar! It was fun and tiring. I am grateful that my good friend Cassandra was there to help me out. I meet a lot of nice brides. We will see if all the hard work paid off.

Here are some photos of my booth:

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If I ever do another one of these bridal shows, I will be a little bit more prepared. I had TOO many business cards and not enough pricing cards. I will remember that for the future. But I do believe that my lip balms were a hit! I would do that again!

Wednesday Weddings!

ImageI thought that it would be good to not only talk about beauty, but green weddings as well! I will soon be a part of (hopefully) a website called…Green Bride Guide! It is very similar to the Knot, only this is for Brides who prefer to green their wedding. You are able to purchase stuff for your wedding, locate local vendors, etc. Another cool aspect is you can find ideas based on the theme of your wedding. There is also an option for you to create a registry on it.

If you are looking to green your entire wedding, this would be a good place to start! I will hopefully have a profile on there just as I do the Knot.

Be inspired…