Handmade wedding

You might remember that back in the late spring I featured Holly and Laurie’s beautiful picnic wedding that was full of creative handmade details, well today we’re lucky enough to have Holly back with us.  

Holly’s sharing her top ten tips and advice for a DIY wedding and I’m sure that her advice will provide invaluable to any of you brides- and grooms-to-be who are in the stages of planning a handmade wedding.

Over to Holly…

Brown card menus

1. Firstly (and probably most importantly) make sure you have a small army of friends and family who are willing and kind enough to help out and don’t be afraid to ask for help.

In his speech my husband Laurie described our friends as the ‘games makers’ of our wedding and they really were- we couldn’t have done it without them!

2. Make sure you have a willing fiancé.

Creating a handmade wedding isn’t a one person task, it will take up lots of your free time so make sure you work together.  My husband Laurie helped me out so much with all the handmade elements of our wedding – he put up with me spending hours reading wedding blogs and chugging away at my sewing machine, he also spent a whole weekend printing out and tying up invitations and made dozens of gorgeous paper flowers.

Seasonal wedding flowers

3. Spend some time gathering inspiration before you start.

There are so many ideas out there that it can feel a little overwhelming sometimes.  Spend some time gathering inspiration so you know the kind of wedding you want and you have an idea of how it will all tie together.  Pinterest is such a useful tool and it  is full of beautiful images and ideas.

There are also a few blogs I would recommend; The Natural Wedding Company for ideas and wonderful suppliers, Junkaholique for gorgeous vintage styling (and their wedding is one of the loveliest I’ve ever seen!), and Green Wedding Shoes for a dose of eco-friendly wedding loveliness from the USA.

Vintage picture frame wedding table plan

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The Natural Wedding Company

Welcome to this week’s Directory Showcase – sharing a selection of the fabulous businesses that you can find on The Natural Wedding Company directory.  If you like what you see and want to search for more, click on the links below or take a look around the directory which can be found at the top right of the webpage in the lovely luggage tag.

Love a Locavore seasonal wedding catering

The lovely Alice of Love a Locavore can cook you a delicious, seasonal and locally sourced wedding feast, even sourcing some ingredients from her kitchen garden in Gloucestershire.  Alice caters for weddings of up to 80 people and can also cook you a wonderful celebratory meal for hen and stag parties.  Visit the directory for a full list of eco-friendly, ethical and seasonal wedding caterers.

Tribes Travel ethical honeymoons

Tribes Travel is the original Fair Trade travel company, offering a wide selection of luxury honeymoons in Africa, South America, India and Jordan.  They can even help to organise wedding ceremonies and vow renewals in a number of the countries they work with.  Tribes Travel also offer a honeymoon gift voucher scheme.  Visit the directory for a full list of ethical and green honeymoon spots.

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The Natural Wedding Company

Welcome to my newest soon-to-be regular blog post showcasing the businesses featured on The Natural Wedding Company directory.  There are so many wonderful businesses offering products or services to help you make your wedding day natural, eco-friendly, seasonal, handmade or vintage-inspired that I thought it was about time I started regularly sharing details of what you can find.

Each week on a Tuesday I will showcase three businesses sharing a snippet of what they do and where you can find more suppliers within the directory.  So without further ado, I’d like to introduce you to the first of the wonderful businesses…

Foundation Jewellerry fair trade gold wedding rings

If you’re looking for Fair Trade gold wedding rings or a diamond engagement ring with full traceability, then have a look at the jewellery created by Foundation Jewellery.  They are one of the world’s first jewellers to be registered to craft in Fair Trade gold, and also design in recycled gold and platinum and with 100% ethical gemstones.  Visit the directory for a full list of ethical wedding jewellers.

Dale Cottage Farm seasonal wedding flowers

Dale Cottage Farm offer a seasonal, locally grown, eco-friendly alternative to conventional wedding flowers, growing all their flowers themselves on their Worcestershire smallholding.  Natural, country-style wedding flowers are their speciality.  Visit the directory for a full list of seasonal and eco-friendly florists around the country.

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eco-friendly notebooks

These cute little notebooks from Yield Ink are handprinted onto recycled card notebooks and come packaged in this sweet calico drawstring bag.  I think they would be great for an organised bride planning her wedding, or a not-so-organsied bride that wanted to be more organised.

During my wedding planning I was always coming up with ideas on what we could do, or another item for another list, and we ended up with so many pieces of paper floating around we had to stick them in a rather ugly binder.  A little bag of these would have been much nicer.

little bag of books from Yield Ink

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Sometimes you come across someone who is really inspirational, and for all the right reasons.  When I read about Gretchen and Danny’s homemade, natural wedding over at 2000 Dollar Wedding I was completely inspired by her attitude towards planning her wedding.

They made lots of details themselves, including this gorgeous wedding cake that was decorated by the bride’s mother and friends using wild edible flowers.  Just my cup of tea.  It just shows that you don’t have to go for the fanciest, over-the-top, drop-dead-gorgeous wedding cake out there.

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