Pink has so many personalities. Sometimes it’s sassy and bold, or flirty and sweet, or classic and sophisticated. In today’s inspiration board, pink takes on an antique faded look, for some timeless romance. I especially love the two bouquets, by Ariella Chezar and Nicolette Camille – perfectly romantic without being overly girly.

Mood: timeless romance
Palette: faded pink, aged paper

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Top row from left: dress via Polaroids & Peonies, bouquet by Ariella Chezar, wish tags via Style Me Pretty (photo by Thayer Allyson Gowdy), macaron cake from Rebecca Thuss
Row 2: candy cups from Martha Stewart Weddings, napkin from Oh How Charming!, bouquet by Nicolette Camille via Design Sponge, photo from Rosenow Floral
Row 3: veil by Jennifer Leigh, Hans Fahden Vineyard volcanic ash cave, invitation by Ceci NY, Club Monaco suit from GQ (via East Side Bride)

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What would a week of earth friendly inspiration boards be without a charming garden board in green?!

Mood: fresh, charming garden
Palette: green, white

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Top row from left: sweet pea bouquet from The Knot, ceremony design from Oh How Charming, Lark Creek Inn via Here Comes the Guide, ivy favors via {frolic}
Row 2: table from Fete NY, cherry mojitos from Martha Stewart Weddings, cake by Perfect Endings, plant-able invitation by Round Robin Press
Row 3: vintage dress via Ocean State Bride, arrangement by Floret Flowers (photo by David Perry), Edwardian ring from Fay Cullen, photo by Gertrude & Mabel

10 Ways to Go Green:
1. Grow your own bouquet! I’m not going to pretend that I would ever take on such an ambitious task, but I know there are some die-hard do-it-yourselfers out there who would jump at the chance. Sweet peas make for a simply beautiful bouquet; other types of flowers (peonies, say?) would be a trickier endeavor. But if you have your date set, and you’ve given yourself plenty of time, or if someone you know has an incredible garden and green thumb, it’s a special way to go green.
2. Line your ceremony aisle with pots of living plants. You can either use them later in your own garden or home, or give them as gifts to your wedding party. Potted ivy wrapped in paper and ribbon make sweet favors for your guests, and if you want they could even act as centerpieces if you cluster them together.
3. Choose a caterer that uses seasonal, local and organic ingredients. The Lark Creek Inn is not only a lovely venue, it is one of the best restaurants in my hometown, using seasonal, farm-fresh ingredients. Search Portovert for green catering options in your area.
4. Cover your tables with delicate vintage linens. Search for them at antique shops and flea markets, or ebay (always a great resource).
5. Bottled water is a huge source of waste, so instead serve water in glass bottles that you’ve already used. Clean them, remove the label, fill them with water, and chill. If your local water isn’t too tasty, take the time to filter it yourself.
6. Beautiful little cakes can do double-duty as centerpieces, either on their own or surrounded by small floral arrangements. This example is adorned with delicate sugar flowers; real, non-toxic flowers would also be a pretty cake topper.
7. Send your guests invitations that will grow! Round Robin Press makes adorable letterpress invitations from organic cotton, with wildflower seeds embedded in the paper. Instead of throwing it away or keeping it around to create clutter, your guests can plant the invitation and think of you when flowers pop up!
8. Wear an heirloom dress. If your grandmother, mother, sister or aunt still has her wedding dress, have it altered to fit you. Or, you can have a seamstress or tailor incorporate details from the antique dress into a custom dress for you: lace trim, buttons, etc. And if you want to wear a vintage dress but don’t have one in the family, check out Vintageous or Posh Girl Vintage for some fun options.
9. Non-floral decorations are by no means the only way to go green. Choose a floral designer who uses organic local, seasonal, sustainably grown flowers. Erin from Floret Flowers emailed me some photos of her beautiful work, and shared this insight with me: There are other ways to go green with wedding flowers besides not having any or using paper blooms. I am an organic flower grower/floral designer and use a minimum of 80% local and seasonal flowers in my work. It is very possible for brides to have their florists source local blooms for their big day especially since wedding season and the peak local flower months coincide perfectly.
You can expect to see more of Erin’s beautiful work in future inspiration boards!
10. Vintage is green, and that goes for jewelry, too! This gorgeous Edwardian engagement ring is an amazing example. You can go vintage for any of your accessories, and feel good about making an earth friendly choice.

PS – If you love the bicycle photo by Gertrude & Mabel as much as I do, share the love! Go vote for it in the photo contest at Pacific Weddings by tomorrow, April 25.

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While yesterday’s inspiration board was rustic and a little more bohemian, it’s entirely possible to have an earth friendly wedding that is also elegant and refined. I also think that it’s important to remember that, yes, it’s noble to make absolutely every aspect of your wedding green, but it doesn’t have to be all-or-nothing. Just being thoughtful about your choices and taking the earth friendly option when possible will add up.

Mood: intimate, sophisticated
Palette: ivory, cream, gold, silver, black

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Top row from left: Morgan Davies dress from Brides UK, China Cabin via Here Comes the Guide, white peacock feather from Isari Flower Studio, mercury glass vases via Desire to Inspire
Row 2: cake photo by Sugar Love via The Bride’s Cafe, invitation by Paper Stories, champagne, silk flower bouquet photo by Mallory Samson
Row 3: cake topper via Hello!Lucky, white gifts from Brides, cheese from Martha Stewart Weddings, rose petals and candle centerpiece from R. Jack Balthazar
Row 4: organic truffles by The Bleeding Heart Bakery, hair comb from Encore Bridal, dress by Sara Berman

10 Ways to Go Green:
1. Even your wedding dress can be something you will re-wear. Choose something that doesn’t scream bridal, like a skirt suit, a tea-length dress, or an off-white cocktail gown. If you do want to go with a more traditional wedding gown, consider buying one second-hand, and then reselling it or donating it after your wedding day.
2. A smaller guest list means smaller environmental impact overall: less traveling, fewer invitations, fewer decorations, etc. The China Cabin, just across the bay from San Francisco, hosts no more than 55 guests! It was originally the first-class social saloon on a ship. Though the ship was taken apart for scrap metal, the China Cabin was removed intact and set on pilings. Now that’s a new way to think about the term re-use!
3. Go with non-floral decorations. Here, white peacock feathers embellish every place setting. The gorgeous ruffly bouquet was made by the bride using silk flower brooches; after the ceremony she pinned one on each female guest.
4. Go vintage. Check out ebay, antique stores and flea markets for things like vases and cake toppers. Anytime you re-use something, you’re being earth friendly!
5. Buy your invitations from a company that are committed to using earth friendly practices. Paper Stories is one example: they use tree free or post-consumer waste paper and non-petroleum ink that makes minimal environmental impact (read their blurb about soy-based inks). And they’ve got great style! In place of paper save-the-dates try for sending email invites, and create a wedding website instead of including tons of extra inserts.
6. Register green. Check out I Do Foundation and Wishpot, as well as Greenfeet and Branch Home. On Send Us Off, you can even register for an eco-friendly honeymoon!
7. Serve as much organic local food and beverages as possible. In the Bay Area, Cowgirl Creamery is a personal favorite for cheese. Truffles from The Bleeding Heart Bakery are a good organic, edible favor option if you’re in the Chicago area. And keep in mind that buying organic isn’t always better if it has to travel many miles to get to you – all of the carbon emissions that go into transporting the item can easily outweigh the good of it being organic.
8. Use eco-friendly candles, made from sustainable ingredients. Even better, buy handmade candles from local producers (check out your local farmer’s market for possible vendors).
9. Check out Encore Bridal for your accessories – or even your dress. This beaded hair comb is not only earth friendly by being second-hand, but you’ll also save $180 by not purchasing it new. I told you that budget-friendly and earth-friendly go hand in hand!
10. Let your bridesmaids choose their own dresses, and they’re more likely to wear them again. For this elegant wedding, you might ask that they all wear black, and it’s up to them whether they go ahead and buy a new dress, or wear the little black number that’s already in their closet.

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Happy Earth Day! I’ve got some earth-friendly wedding boards for you that I’ll be posting over the next few days – hopefully you’ll be inspired to make your own wedding or next event as green as possible. Today’s board was inspired partly by Jennifer and John’s beautiful eco-chic wedding featured a few weeks ago, so check that out for more ideas. It is worth noting that this exercise in creating earth friendly wedding boards is really similar to last week’s budget friendly boards – many of the same tips apply, and there is no reason that an earth friendly wedding can’t also be stylish and beautiful.

Mood: rustic, picnic kitsch
Palette: brown, red, orange, yellow

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Top row from left: photo by Jonathan Canlas, photo by Suzy Clement, punch from Brides, cake by Miette
Row 2: ribbon bouquet from Martha Stewart Weddings, photo by Gertrude & Mabel, photo by Blonde Tulip, photo by Vallentyne via Elizabeth Anne Designs
Row 3: rough diamond ring by Sarah Perlis, invitation by Hello!Lucky, citrus centerpiece by Ariella Chezar, seedling favors from Martha Stewart WeddingsRow 4: hemp silk wedding dress by Get Conscious, picnicware from Branch Home via Pretty Little Things, photo from Martha Stewart Weddings, sustainable wood card by Night Owl via Creature Comforts

10 Ways to Go Green
1. Re-use colored glass bottles for bud vases. Remove the labels and arrange the bottles in a row anywhere you need some decorations, using single organic blooms.
2. Choose an earth friendly venue. This can mean a carbon neutral hotel or restaurant, or a lodge that thoughtfully blends architecture and nature. Having an outdoor, daytime wedding will save energy by eliminating artificial lighting. If you go with a picnic-type reception or rehearsal dinner, be sure to use tableware that is biodegradable and organic.
3. Serve drinks in bulk, rather than offering individual bottles and cans of beverages. (I’ve been looking for where you can find these large jars with no luck; if anyone has a source for these, please share!)
4. Go for an organic cake. Either choose a baker who uses organic ingredients, or make one yourself with as many organic ingredients as you can find.
5. Go with non-floral options. Ribbon, paper, or beaded flowers are do-it-yourself projects that are earth friendly, budget friendly, and your bouquet will be a nice keepsake of the day. Bowls of in-season organic fruit can double as both centerpiece and favor.
6. Get married in a place that doesn’t require your guests to travel too far, or that at least has all events within walking or biking distance from each other. If your guests do have to travel a significant distance to get to your venue, consider purchasing carbon offsets to keep your day as carbon neutral as possible. Also, if most of your guests are staying in the same hotel, provide a shuttle to take them to the ceremony and reception.
7. Use living plants for both decor and favors. Larger potted citrus trees can help to create boundaries at the ceremony or reception, and smaller ones would work well on tables. Give your guests seedlings to take home with them, or give them a small card telling them that you’ve planted a tree in their name.
8. Get creative with second-hand items. In this board, a pair of unhinged doors frames the altar, and mismatched chairs line the table.
9. Choose earth friendly accessories and bridalwear. Sarah Perlis‘ diamond rings are not only affordable, they’re also earth friendly: she uses recycled gold and responsibly mined diamonds. This dress by Get Conscious is made of entirely natural fibers: a hemp silk blend, and vintage lace trim. If your dress is custom made, choose fabrics that are natural and organic.
10. Hello!Lucky prints all of their invitations on 100% cotton papers, or you can request paper made of 75 – 100% post-consumer waste. These fun wood cards by Night Owl are made of sustainably-harvested yellow birch, and would be a really fun save-the-date.

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The initial inspiration for this board was the beautiful ethereal photo in the top left corner. The pale light and dry ivy in her hair made me want to a combine a clean, minimalist lines with rustic brown details. I think this wedding could work easily in both winter and fall, in a barn or a bare white studio. Louis Ghost chairs paired with heavy wood tables might work. You could ask guests to dress in winter white and shades of brown. After dinner, set up slightly worn antique love seats and chairs for guests to lounge in, and serve miniature desserts. An orchid bouquet wrapped in raffia creates an interesting contrast, or maybe white garden roses mixed with brown oak leaves. What other ideas do you have for combining modern urban style with rustic country style?

Mood: urban, rustic, elegant
Palette: white, tan, chocolate

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Top row from left: dry ivy hair from Brides, doily corsage from Sweet Paul, miniature desserts by Barbara Llewellyn Catering, draped ceiling by Modern Day Design
Row 2: suit via The Sartorialist, baskets of rose petals photo by McNamara Photography, classic car from Mimi Design, purse photo by Aaron Delesie
Row 3: photo from Martha Stewart Weddings, bouquet from In Style, calligraphy by Laura Hooper, meringue cupcakes by Kuiadore
Row 4: table via Toast and Tables, ceremony decor by Fete NY, Jo Gartin boutonniere from In Style, topaz earrings from Neiman Marcus

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