A Low budget Green Wedding

It can be green and low cost too

Over the summer I worked with a bride who was looking for floral design for a medium to large wedding, but wanted to keep it under $1000.  Now, I knew this meant we would have to work smart, but I was unwilling to make it look cheap.  The bouquet I think is the most important part, so I wanted to keep that looking fantastic, and that alone could have taken up 1/4 of her budget.  So we decided on very simple centerpieces and a lovely bouquet with some expensive touches as well as lovely and simple corsages and boutonnieres. The centerpieces: I rented the bride square glass vases and filled them with some stones, some living bamboo and a floating flower or two.  For 15 tables, this brought the cost down quite a bite.  We used locally grown flowers of course. mich center 2 The family flowers: I didn't want to skimp on the corsages or boutonnieres, so we used orchids when we could, and white roses with horsetails, but just kept it simple by using one or two, instead of going crazy.  I grow orchids, so keeping the number down allowed us to use what I had available. boutonniere white green The bouquet: This was the final challenge.  I wanted to keep it looking classy and connected to the Japanese/Philipino cultural influences that the couple desired for their wedding (instead of a wedding cake they chose Japanese Mochi for their dessert, very cool)

mochi wedding

So we went with mostly roses and dahlias, with a few hints of orchids, poppies and ti leaves. orchid fushcia bouquet Thanks to Cate Corbitt Photography for these pics! In Affordable Green and Health G&G

My favorite Recycled things #2

Snow, Winter Weddings and Wonderlands

I live in California.  So, I don't see much snow, and when I do, it's because I've decided to head to the mountains.  I have to admit, I'd rather have the option.  Blizzards, black ice, shoveling snow and drippy noses seem to come to mind when I think of snowy winters...  But so do snow days, snow flakes, hot cocoa and snow men.  I guess it's a yin and yang situation. Whether you dream of playing in the snow or just like to watch it on TV like some of us, you will probably love these gorgeous recycled snow flake jewelry pieces by Kumvana Gomani that are featured on inhabitat.com. snonecklace02 Picture-2-04 kumvana_profile They are delicate, light (I imagine) and could be the perfect adornment for a wedding ensemble, cocktail dress or just a day at the office.  I love the fact that they are made from plastic bottles.  I love it, I love it, I love it.  Can you ask for anything more? For those of you not sure why this is a big deal, check out this little story on the tremendous amount of plastic water bottles and other plastic waste floating around the oceans as we speak: thechicecologist.com Yikes!  Giant plastic islands floating around the oceans the size of texas!  If you read the full post you'll see that plastic is accumulating and turning up everywhere, including in that sushi dinner you just had. Kumvana's jewelry pieces are gorgeous, handmade and totally affordable!  I know they aren't diamonds or anything, but that plastic just might last as long! In Recycling and Health, G&G