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Rustic plantable save the dates complete with wedding date clay plant tag

We have had such a great start to the week – the website was relaunched (I will blog about this in more detail soon I promise) and we kicked off our new blog feature series called Wreaths Throughout The Seasons – we’ll be filing all the posts under that link over the coming months.

Back in the early days of writing this blog I used to share a lot of snippets of inspiration that I found whilst browsing beautiful weddings on many of the US wedding blogs. It seemed to really hit a note with my readers, perhaps because I cherry-picked ideas and saved them hours of trawling the internet in search of inspiration.

So today is one of those posts, a great idea that I spotted and instantly loved. I can just imagine some of you, my readers, being inspired by this idea and wanting to create something similar for your wedding. Not only are these save the dates above plantable (after reading of course) but they also come with a sweet clay plant market inscribed with your wedding date (or perhaps you could do your initials).

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Handmade seeded paper flowers

The Natural Wedding Company is lucky enough to be blessed with some fantastic small and independent businesses, who aren’t only making and selling beautiful things, but they’re also showing you how to do it too.

I’m delighted to welcome back to the blog Sharon Langsdale from TNWC business Razzle Dazzle Rose – she’s going to be showing you how to make recycled seeded paper flowers that are ideal for decorating wedding favours or invitations, and even transforming into alternative buttonholes.

Razzle Dazzle Rose sells a number of fantastic eco-friendly craft materials, specifically in my favourite brown craft card.  A new addition to her shop are these paper flower kits – you can choose from recycled brown kraft paper flowers, cream vintage fleck flowers, or seeded paper flowers.

Once you have your kit, here’s how to make the flowers – over to Sharon who is using the cream vintage fleck flower kit…

Handmade Recycled Seeded Paper Flowers

Step 1 – Unpack your paper flower kit and you’ll see you have a number of die cut pieces of paper, just like these…

Die cut paper flowers

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Favour Haven seeded favour boxes

Favour Haven has two sets of these sweet seeded paper favour boxes to giveaway to two lucky readers who purchase 12 of more sheets of their cream seeded paper.  Both the favour boxes and paper are embedded with wildflower seeds and made from recycled paper that can be planted to produce a beautiful display of flowers.

Favour Haven heart wildflower seeded favour boxes

The seeded paper is ideal for handmade wedding invitations or ‘save the dates’, that once your guests have read they can plant in their garden – a truly eco-friendly to create your wedding stationery.

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Wildflower Favours seed packet favours

Wildflower Favours create a wide range of eco-friendly wildflower seed packet favours and plantable seeded paper favours and invites, as well as stocking lots of handmade and recycled paper, favour boxes and other favour supplies perfect for a natural wedding.  Until the 31st March 2012 they are offering our readers 10% off all their products.

Wildflower Favours seed pack wedding favours

Teresa from Wildflower Favours explains why wildflowers are so important, “British native wildflowers are in decline and this has a knock-on effect on our natives bees, butterflies and moths who rely on the wildflowers for their survival.  By incorporating wildflowers into your wedding invites, favours etc you are helping to preserve our native wildflower and wildlife, and also encouraging your guests to garden in a more biodiversity-friendly way”

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The Exotic Paper Company handmade wedding stationery

Today will see the start of many exclusive offers and competitions to celebrate 5 years since The Natural Wedding Company first started.  It is an exciting and wonderful time for me, especially when so many of the businesses from the directory have been so generous and supportive in helping me to celebrate this achievement with you all.

There will be two offers a day throughout March, all of them exclusive to The Natural Wedding Company.  There will also be lots of competitions running, that will be posted on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays – so make a note and don’t miss out on them!  So without further ado, I shall introduce the first of our exclusive offers…

The lovely team at The Exotic Paper Company are giving our readers an exclusive 15% off all their handmade and plantable seeded paper and card products throughout March 2012.  Knowing how many of you are keen to create your own wedding stationery and paper details, this is an offer you shouldn’t miss as The Exotic Paper Company stock a beautiful range of paper and card.

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I can remember the first time I came across flower seeded paper, it was way back when I was first starting out with The Natural Wedding Company.  It only ever seemed to be available in America, and even now it never seems to appear that often in the UK, so it is truly lovely to see these fab products from one of our businesses, Favour Haven.

The idea that you can create something beautiful from the paper and then plant it and have pretty flowers grow from it, is in my opinion, wonderful.  Favour Haven sells these lovely favour tags, which come in four designs, are available in different colours and can be personalised for your wedding with your names and date.

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