Planning an Eco-Indie Wedding

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There are a million and 1 ways to save money, especially on weddings – all you have to do is take the time to look for them.

Addressing invitations can quickly take a sizable chunk out of your budget, but it doesn’t have to. I thought about printing folks addresses on clear labels and then applying them to the envelopes … a good idea, but not very classy.

Short of learning calligraphy, I was at a loss on what to do, but then I found Jenn’s Calligraphy 101 post and was saved!

We are still working on our invitation designs, but once we are ready to send them out, I plan on using Jenn’s nifty calligraphy trick to save money yet maintain a considerable amount of style.

[Image courtesy of With This Ring …]

After featuring a host of yellow and gray options, I thought it only fair to feature a big selection of yellow and blue inspirations.

Check’em out! (each pic in linked to the URL it came from, so feel free to click)

I’m still toying with the idea of wearing a non-white dress, but I keep coming back to the “traditional” concept. I’ve already decided that I won’t wear white – if I do go with a light color, it will be ivory (looks better with my skin tone anyway).

Because of my height (and for comfort ), I’ll be wearing flats. I’m 2 inches taller than my fiance and I have no want or need to tower over him even more! Maybe it is a chick thing, but I’ve had lots of fun browsing around the web for swank, colorful flats to wear with my likely-ivory dress.

If you have any suggestions for great shoe brands or websites, leave a comment and let me know!

It’s the little things that make a wedding truly stand out memorable – including the cake topper. My mom and I will be making nearly all of the decorations for the ceremony (which we won’t need much, thanks to our location) and the reception (including me doing the floral arrangements).

One thing we won’t be making is the cake topper, because Sarah Neuburger of The Small Object does a kick ass job of that already. There’s no need to be ordering our cake topper yet, but this is one of the many small decisions that we’ve already settled on.🙂

[Images courtesy of The Small Object]

If you are looking to have a truly romantic wedding, then a dress made by Australia’s Mariana Hardwick fits the bill.

I’ve seen far too many ballroom-style wedding gowns in my life and that will never be the style right for me. Mariana makes any gown style incredibly feminine yet ethereal and memorable.

Would I be able to actually afford one of her gowns? Doubt it, but one can dream! She has 5 different collections, and my 2 favorites are the brand new “Heirloom” collection and the “Garden of Earthly Delights” line.

My favorite gowns are shown below, though my all-time favorite is the very first one. It reminds of an old-world Italian Spring garden wedding.

Interesting fact: only 11 wedding gown shops in the United States carry Mariana‘s line – one of those shops just happens to be in the same Connecticut town I live in. Is it destiny?

[Images courtesy of Mariana Hardwick]

One of the only things that my fiance and I have been disagreeing about is dessert for our wedding. He wants to have a traditional, three-tier wedding cake – I want to go more casual and have a cupcake tower.

I’ve shown him oodles of fantastic pictures of cupcakes, designed both for weddings and other special events, but he still hasn’t warmed up to the idea. His compromise is to have both, which is a great idea, but I doubt we will be able to afford it. I’ve been trying to talk him into a cupcake tower with a small, single tier cake at the top, but he’s still resisting.

When I think of cupcakes, one of the first innovative artists that comes to mind is Australia’s “cupcake ninja” – Naomi. Having come across her work years ago on flickr, I’m consistently oooh-ing and aaah-ing over every new creation she shares online.

Take a look!

I so wish she was closer to the United States – I’d hire in a heartbeat!

[Images couetey of hello naomi]

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