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The nightmare before dinner

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You know how it goes… You’re waiting, waiting, waiting for those RSVPs to come back. Your mom, maid of honor, and wedding planner are all making phone calls and the caterer is bugging you for head count. You’re trying to get your table seating in order, but you’re not sure if Uncle Bob and Aunt Sally are even coming and that could throw off your entire reception plan.

It’s something like a bridal horror film the moment the bride realizes she chose the wrong RSVP date. It could end in tears and agony. Or forbidden Häagen-Dazs ice cream indulgence. And the guests don’t even know they’ve done anything wrong.

At my own wedding, I set the RSVP date a couple days before the caterer needed the final head count and I was lucky. All but two of my 350-ish guests had given me their response – but the two that were left were key family members that lived out of town and were difficult to get a hold of… to say the least!

Here are some quick ways to prevent an “RSVP horror” from happening in those critical weeks before your wedding:

1. Talk to your caterer.
Find out how much surplus food they cook and when they need your final head count. When you know that your caterer cooks an extra twenty-percent, for example, you don’t necessarily have to have those last five RSVPs turned in to know that you will have food for them even if they do show up. Bam! Bridezilla moment averted and your fiancé will thank you for not freaking out.

2. Set your RSVP return date to 1-2 weeks before your final head count is due.
This should give you plenty of time to collect the responses you need and make phone calls to those who haven’t answered by the date you requested.

Even if you don’t get all of your RSVPs on time it is going to be alright!

We had one guest at our wedding that wasn’t even invited. That’s right, we had a wedding crasher! But the funny thing is, we didn’t even realize it until we got back from our honeymoon, and then we were able to laugh about it. Love conquers all? Eh, who knows…

When it comes down to it, just relax. This is your day.

A green wedding? Making it possible.

A green wedding? Making it possible.

Being green.

1. Not everything about your wedding has to be energy efficient.
2. You don’t have to save the environment by asking for donations to an environmental organization instead of gifts.
3. You don’t have to drive a battery-powered car to your reception.
4. You don’t even have to buy special invitations that you can plant after your wedding (as cool as it is to have seeds in your paper!!!).

Don’t get me wrong, these things are all good! But when I was planning my wedding, I decided to go a different route and create wedding items that I could re-use… whether to give away, decorate my house, or donate to my little sister who will be getting married sooner than later! This is one way that I was able to have a “green” wedding, save some money later, and feel good about not putting so much to waste.

Here are some ways that you can recycle through your wedding!

Table Numbers

This one is my favorites. Go nuts and make your table numbers a piece of art… really! The table numbers at my wedding each had a different quote on the back and after the wedding I was able to use the quote-side to create a unique and modern work of art above my doorway.

Before:

Table number at wedding

Table numbers at our wedding


Photo from LVL Photography

After:

Table numbers... after the wedding

Table numbers... after the wedding


Table number idea - after the wedding

Table number decor - large view

Escort Cards

A second way that you can recycle through your wedding is with your escort cards. If your escort cards are a classic design, they can easily become place cards–perfect for hosting a family gathering such as Thanksgiving or Christmas (something newlyweds often do so that they can “show off” their new house!).

Simply ask a family member to collect them at the end of the reception, or ask the host at your venue to collect them when clearing the tables.

Escort card idea

Escort cards used for Thanksgiving dinner

Talk to your wedding stationary professional about ideas like this. At March 27 Designs, we aim to create wedding pieces that reflect you. If you truly love your wedding art, you should be able to continue to enjoy it after you say “I do.”

Decorations

Another way to “go green” is to think ahead about your decorations and purchase or make things that you will use later. I have three fantastic examples of this from our wedding.

First of all, I looooooove candles! We had almost 300 candles lining the walls of the church when we got married, and I purchased a beautiful set of candles for each of our reception centerpieces. It was amazing. And guess who got to bring them home and decorate her house… yours truly! I didn’t take them all, of course, because it would’ve been a little intense to decorate my small house with hundreds of candles. Giggle.

Candles lining the walls of the church

Candles lining the walls of the church


Photo from LVL Photography
Candle wedding centerpieces

Candle centerpieces


Photo from LVL Photography

The second example of how I was able to “go green” was literally green. Our wedding took place the weekend before Easter, and I love palm trees. I bought the trees and they made my wedding beautiful. I then left them there for the church to use for their Easter service, came and got them after the honeymoon, and here they are, still decorating my house! My family is making bets on whether or not they will survive to our one year anniversary… So far I’m winning!

Palm tree wedding decorations

Palm tree decorations


Photo from LVL Photography

The third example of how we used the decor in practical and reusable ways was through our candy dishes in the Fireside Room at Calvin College’s Prince Conference Center (yes, those are my wedding photos on their site!). I bought these beautiful little star-shaped dishes and I can’t tell you how often I’ve used them in my own home for not only candy, candles, and small flower arrangements, but also Christmas decorations (more to come next week!).

Wedding candy dish turned Christmas decoration

Wedding candy dish turned Christmas decoration

So… what’s the moral of the story? When planning your wedding, choose items that you love, and items that reflect you… Not only will you be fulfilling your wedding dream by being true to yourself, you just might be able to use some of it after the event.

Are you planning to have a “green” wedding? Do you have other ideas to share? Please post them! I love to hear from you!

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Letting Out the Animal in You

Letting Out the Animal in You

Animal prints are rocking it out this season.

Every bride has a different style and I had so much fun designing these elegant invites with an exotic flare!

Animal Print Invitation

Animal Print Invitation

Pastel pink invitation with giraffe skin transparent cover.

These invitations are just an illustration of how your wedding should be a time in your life when you can truly be yourself! Now, I’m not trying to give you free reign to be a bridezilla, but when it comes down to it, you ultimately should follow your thoughts and feelings about how your wedding should look and feel.

For my wedding, my hair is the perfect example of something that just couldn’t follow the norm. The traditional bride wears an up-do and a veil or tiara or something… If you know me, I practically never put my hair up, and the veil just didn’t suit my style… I wanted flowers in my hair!

My hairstyle ended up being a reflection of who I am… and I absolutely loved it!

Wedding Hairstyle

How about you? What’s your style? Would you use an invitation like the animal print invitation above?

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Dinner, anyone?

Dinner, anyone?

I love black and white weddings. Don’t get me wrong, color is AMAZING (you should see my house!!), but there’s just something so classic and sophisticated about a well-done black and white wedding theme. That’s why I insisted that my husband wear a black tie to our wedding, and that’s why I absolutely loved designing these menu cards!

B&W Menu Card

Menu Card Detail

Matthew in b&w tux

And the last one was my husband. Ha. (just thought I’d throw him in there to illustrate the classiness of a black and white tux)

The menu cards are crafted from a parchment/linen paper combo with sequined trim. My, oh my. Textures and details must be my forte because when something is blended and balanced just right, I can’t stand the excitement!! Are you with me? Are you, are you? I know, I’m a paper nerd.

At the very least, hopefully this makes you want to dress up and go out for dinner.

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