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Going green on your wedding day has economic, environmental, social benefits and you can do it without sacrificing elegance and style. Whether you incorporate just a few earth friendly aspects or go completely organic from the food you serve to the fabric in your wedding dress, every green choice makes a difference. Having a green wedding will also save you money - a happy fact for most couples today. Here are five tips to help you create the green wedding of your dreams.
Reduce Transportation Impacts
Reduce transportation costs and emissions by choosing a venue destination that requires the least amount of travel for your guests. In addition, provide your guests with possible transportation options. If they're invited to your wedding, they probably already know that you're environmentally conscious. They'll appreciate the helpful information about green transportation options (bus, trains, etc.) and may even consider carpooling to your wedding.
Go Local and buy from local merchants. Almost anything can be found locally, including seasonal and organic flowers that haven't been sprayed with toxic chemicals. According to the USDA more than half of the flowers sold in the US are imported. Reduce toxic chemicals and import transportation costs by purchasing your flowers from a local grower.
Purchase your food and drink locally as well. Most cities these days have microbreweries and wineries everywhere, allowing you to choose exactly what you need from small local businesses. To find local food producers talk to your local city office, the Chamber of Commerce or some of the fruit and vegetable vendors at your local farmer's market.
Upcycle Wedding Rings
Instead of spending a small fortune on wedding rings, upcycle your grandparent's wedding rings. They'll have special meaning for you, especially if their marriage lasted a lifetime. You can also find beautiful vintage jewelry alternatives at local jewelry stores as well as retro styles that are always popular and stylish wedding options. You'll also save the energy that would have been expended through mining and producing new pieces.
Be Eco-Friendly Educated
Understand the products you’re purchasing and the impact they have on the environment. A few eco-friendly materials include bamboo, organic cotton, hemp and soybean fabric that has a luxurious, silky texture. The wedding decor can consist of things like centerpieces made out of vintage items or special pieces collected from family and friends.
A bamboo Forever Frame or Framette makes a great centerpiece for your tables while functioning as a reusable memento. You can add a unique personality to your tables this way. Adding pieces like shells from the beach and recycled glass designed to match the theme of the wedding makes customizing your centerpieces easy.
Another great idea would be to start early and pick up a variety of plate settings at your local thrift store. You'd be surprised at the variety of fine china you'll find on their shelves and having a different setting for each guest creates an eye-catching enchanting, vintage look.
Ask for Green Gifts
Encourage your guests to give gifts that are green. There are many sites where you can register for eco-friendly gifts that not only help educate your guest about eco-friendly living but support sustainable businesses.
Having a green wedding may take a little bit of planning, but the rewards are worth it. Not only will you save the environment, but you’ll create a very green multiplier effect through education of your guests.
Your wedding day is one of the most important days of your life. While many couples choose a unity candle, there are other creative and personalized ways to capture the moment. From time capsules to Forever Frames, here are ten alternatives to the unity candle that will make your wedding special:
Using a container as simple as a decorated shoebox, you and your partner can contribute items that are symbols of your union. Stash it away for personal review on anniversaries.
Express your love and commitment when you engrave a personal message on a double heart lock as a symbol of your lasting love for your partner. Tie the key to balloons and let it float away because you won't be unlocking your love any time soon!
Light a lantern with your partner and ask guests to join you in lighting their own. Set them to sail on a lake or pool or let them float into the night sky. You'll need to use caution as paper lanterns are very flammable.
Most often used in Christian weddings, The God's Knot is a ring with three strands of rope symbolizing the union of God, husband and wife. During the ceremony, the husband wears the ring and the wife braids the strands.
Who can resist a cocktail at a wedding? If you're the type who loves to celebrate with a drink, consider a personalized unity cocktail at your wedding. Make the first one in front of your guests and share the fun!
A couple that brands together, stays together. Symbolizing the fire of your love for each other and the blending of your lives, the couple who is a little bit country brands a piece of wood with their initials and wedding date.
Bringing two together as one, the outside of the cross represents the husband and the beautiful inside represents the bride. Place the pieces together as part of the ceremony.
Two vases of roses and one empty vase are placed on the wedding altar. Bride and groom take the rose from their respective vases and place it in the empty vase as a symbol of their lives coming together.
Sweet and simple, the peanut butter and jelly sandwich is just about everyone's favorite, but you could make the unity sandwich with just about anything. Make a sandwich big enough for you and your spouse for your first snack as a married couple. Don't like PB&J? Pick your favorite and have fun letting your guests take pictures of you and your share-wich.
All of these alternatives to the unity candle are great, but they have one problem. They don't last. The PB&J, cocktail and lanterns disappear only to be remembered in photos. The cow brand, cross, locket and time capsule eventually get stored away in the attic. There's no daily remembrance of how special your marriage ceremony was and how amazing it still is. You need something that you can see daily to remind each of you that your marriage is strong and unified.
The Forever Frame Alternative to the Unity Candle
When my husband and I got married, we searched everywhere to find a frame that would hold unity sand and our wedding photo. We wanted to preserve the happiness on our wedding day and look at it daily to remind ourselves of our lasting love. Unfortunately, our search came up empty and that's when we decided to make our own.
While that first version wasn't exactly what we wanted, we used a shadow box and the sand design eventually turned into a mess, we realized we had come upon a business idea. We engineered a frame that would preserve the memory exactly as it occurred on day one with the beautiful sand design intact. Shortly thereafter,
Forever Frame was born bringing unity sand and wedding photos together in one lasting memory.
If you're looking for an alternative to the unity candle, please visit the
Forever Frames products page to see how you can capture the memories on your wedding day and preserve them forever. Your wedding (and love for each other) is too important to forget.
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The Forever Frame is a premier provider of unity sand frames to be used in weddings of any faith during a unity ceremony, as a graduation gift, anniversary gift or any special occasion. Through our direct business model, design and manufacturing, The Forever Frame provides products and services that fill a very specific and important customer desire and need.
We have shaped our business around forming honest relationships with our customers. Whatever works best for you makes us happy. This business started because I was a bride planning my own destination beach wedding. I spent months looking for a sand frame or shadow box and never found it. I ended up making one from a normal shadow box that was fine at the ceremony but then the sand immediately mixed and I was devastated.
We developed The Forever Frame to remain looking the same as the day you fill it for years to come. We truly appreciate our customers and love helping to make your day as easy and special as possible.
The Forever Frame the only patented picture frame of its kind! The original and first sand unity frame that prevents sand from mixing. Sand stays in place for a lifetime with the patented Keeper Plate. High quality real wood frame. The keepsake that lasts!
Weddings were once rather fairly conventional affairs, in most cases just involving the bride and groom, a few family members, and the officiant. Even vows were fairly standard, passed down through generations. As ethnicities, cultures and families have blended over time, the sphere of the traditional has expanded.
The unity ceremony symbolizes the joining of two individuals, becoming one. However it the case of blended families, it can represent a family united by the marriage of the bride and groom. It's a beautiful ceremony that expresses love and commitment for life.
Here are ten unique unity ceremony ideas that will make your wedding memorable:
1. Unity Sand Ceremony
The Unity Sand Ceremony is a popular and beautiful way to signify two lives are becoming one. The ceremony entails the symbolic merging of two different colored grains of sand into a solitary vessel, such as a Forever Frame or vase. This represents the blending of two beings, the bride and groom, into one, inseparable unit and the joining of their lives.
The Forever Frame provides the perfect vessel for memorializing this special event. As the colored sand is poured into the Forever Frame, the individual containers of sand will no longer exist, they'll be joined as one. The beautiful sand design will stay perfectly intact for years to come, just like the marriage.
2. Handfasting Unity Ceremony
The Handfasting Unity Ceremony dates back centuries. It's a Celtic custom that has quickly become a popular addition to today's wedding day customs. Handfasting consists of wrapping various colored ribbons into an infinity shape during the wedding vows. The ceremony represents the symbolic commitment and union of marriage, along with binding to one another as man and wife.
3. Fisherman's Knot Unity Ceremony
During the Fisherman's Knot Unity Ceremony, the couple ties a knot as the minister, priest or officiant reads a script related to the unity ceremony. The script describes how the marriage supports and strengthens the couple through life. Just like the fisherman's knot, their marriage will grow stronger under pressure.
4. Breaking Bread Unity Ceremony
During the Breaking Bread Unity Ceremony, the bride and groom tear off a piece of bread, after which they each consume a piece. In some cases, the bread is also shared with friends and family members. The breaking of the bread symbolizes their future together as a family.
5. Tree Planting Unity Ceremony
The Tree Planting Unity Ceremony symbolizes the joining of the bride and group as well as the joining of their two families. There's a separate table set up where a young, potted tree is placed. During a designated song or reading, the couple will each add the remainder of dirt before watering the tree together. After the ceremony, the couple will plant the tree in a location that is special to them, symbolizing planting their roots and strengthening their marriage.
6. Wine & Love Letters Unity Ceremony
This charming unity ceremony involves a box containing a bottle of wine, two wine glasses, along with love letters from both the bride and groom. The letters describe each of their good qualities, why they fell in love and decided to marry and anything else the couple wants to express. The letters are then sealed in envelopes so that neither party can see what the other wrote. The result of the Wine & Love Letter Unity Ceremony is an enchanting time capsule that couples open on their fifth wedding anniversary.
7. Hand Washing Unity Ceremony
This unity ceremony symbolizes the couple's lives prior to their wedding day. The bride and groom wash their hands in a glass bowl, washing away past failures, mistakes, and relationships. This gives them a clean, fresh start into their marriage.
8. Rose Unity Ceremony
The Rose Unity Ceremony is the perfect example of shared love and romance. The bride and groom exchange two roses, representing the giving and receiving of their mutual love for each other throughout their married life. Roses are considered a symbol of love and a single rose always says I love you.
9. Water Unity Ceremony
In the Water Unity Ceremony, the couple each pours two different colors of water into a special glass, creating a third color with the water. Similar to the Sand Unity Ceremony, the new mixture can't separate into its original halves, symbolizing an irreversible, lifelong bond.
10. Salt Unity Ceremony
During ancient times, promises and agreements between individuals were sealed by a salt covenant. Each person would take a bit of salt from their pouch and add it to the salt pouch of the other. The promise or agreement couldn't be broken unless one of the two could retrieve their specific grains of salt (an impossibility).
Weddings today are far from ordinary thanks to the addition of not so traditional elements like beach weddings, getting married on horseback, personalized vows and unity ceremonies. Today, engaged couples want an experience. They're looking for out-of-the-box ways to make their weddings distinctive. A unity ceremony with a Forever Frame will help them do just that.
There are so many great ways to spice up a holiday wedding and most reception locations will already be decorated for the holiday. Here are some ideas: Invitations, Clothes, Flowers and Decorations.Invitations - There are plenty of religious invitations you may feel strongly about using at this time a year. You could also try custom-made invites shaped like Christmas stockings, snowmen, Christmas trees. Of course, there's always the obvious choice of including anything in red and green.Clothes -The bride can wear a gown with white velvet accents or something with faux fur. Added touches can include festive colors like red, gold, green or even a cape or strategically placed bows. The groom can wear a red and green metallic-brocade vest or cummerbund and tie with studs and cuff links in the shape of Christmas trees or candy canes. For the wedding party, put bridesmaids in bright red or hunter green; gold, sliver and pewter are beautiful too.Flowers and Decorations - Drape ivy or holly mixed with spring baby's breath among the rows of seats for the ceremony. Poinsettias around the area where you'll stand to exchange your vows and even as centerpieces. Or, for instant centerpieces, fill large glass vases or bowls with solid-colored glass ornaments. Bundles of white branches (form the market or florist) decorated with white lights will look great around an entryway. Another idea is to adorn evergreen plants with lights, candy canes and little red bows.DON'T FORGET THAT YOU CAN SAVE 12% ON YOUR "Forever Frame"JUST USE PROMO CODE "Holiday12" WHEN YOU CHECK OUT!HAPPY HOLIDAYS! :D