Summertime is the perfect season to embrace the natural beauty around you. With everything in full bloom, your wedding can become the perfect example of using natural resources!
Bamboo is one of earth’s most sustainable materials, as well as a beautiful option for eco-friendly wedding centerpieces and decor. Use old jars or glasses and fill them with bamboo rods for a simple, clean look that your guests can then take home as favors. To spice up the centerpieces you can reuse the flowers from the ceremony as table decorations and intertwine them with the bamboo, giving you a stylish and “green” look.
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I don’t know about anyone else, but I LOVE white lights, candles, lanterns — pretty much anything that sparkles. I think they are very romantic and definitely create a certain ambiance to any occasion. Where Lavender Dude and I got married, there were two large maple trees. We decided to utilize them and placed seating between the two trees for the guests. I truly loved the way the trees drooped down forming an arch around the guests and the area where we stood to get married. Like much of my wedding planning, it became a DIY project. I started by buying about 50 of these lanterns:
We’ve talked about flower alternatives for bouquets this week, but what about the rest of your decor? Vibrant flowers aren’t the only way to create a wedding day look just as colorful as the summer season itself.
Try to think outside the bud, and consider flower alternatives such as lanterns or fans made from recycled paper or re-purposed materials. Creating these kinds of decorations by hand gives the room a unique and personal feel.
At Val & Andy’s Valentine’s Day wedding in NYC, we built this beautiful ribbon wall to serve as a backdrop for the wedding ceremony:
(photo by Kelly Guenther Wedding Photojournalism)
The first step, obviously, is to buy a ton of ribbon. In this case, it would be hanging from a pipe that was 12′ off the ground. We wanted to span a 16′ distance with ribbons that were 2-3″ wide, so we did the math and purchased yards upon yards of satin and grosgrain ribbon:
(all the remaining photos were taken by my cell phone)