Are you a bride getting married in 2014, 2015, 2016 and want to attend an amazing event where you can get a boat load of inspiration? Then mark your calendars for November 24th and attend the first ever NotWedding on Cape Cod at the Sea Crest Beach Hotel in Falmouth!
While on Pinterest over a year ago, I somehow ended up on The NotWedding’s website and immediately wanted to bring the event to Cape Cod. After conversations with the owner, Callie, attending a NotWedding in Atlanta and many exciting email exchanges, we decided it would be a brilliant idea to bring the event to the Cape! Since then the NotWedding has also expanded to multiple cities around the country like New York, Charlotte, Nashville, Wichita and more!
So what is the NotWedding, one might ask. Well this killer bridal show alternative comes complete with dinner and drinks, an emotional ceremony and a dance-party reception. The hand-selected vendors perform their services as they would at a real wedding, and the “wedding guests” get to hear the music, taste the cakes, and smell the flowers… while enjoying a night of great food, dancing and surprises, leaving brides-to-be saying “I want my wedding to be just like that!”.
For brides and grooms, the event serves as a source of inspiration, a resource in finding trusted wedding vendors and an emotional reminder to plan for what comes after the wedding: a marriage! For participating wedding vendors, the event exposes their business to new referral sources, while also exposing each vendor to a wealth of inspiration, resources and confidence to take their business to the next level.
One of the really exciting things about the Cape Cod event is that we are able to work with an amazing couple, Chris & Peyton Lambton, of HGTV’s “Going Yard” and both from past episodes of the Bachelor and Bachelorette. Chris & Peyton will be renewing their vows at the Cape Cod event and inspiring couples with their attire, their commitment to a solid marriage and some amazing dance moves.
Buy your tickets soon, as only a limited number are available! It is an event NOT to be missed!
Tickets are $30 and can be purchased online at http://www.thenotwedding.com/events/cape-cod/
So your son is turning 5 in July and thanks to Pinterest you need to be the most creative mom or dad and blow everyone out of the water right? Dessert tables, crazy fun games, food that looks like their favorite Star Wars character or Disney princess, new cars as favors, the whole nine yards. I laugh because I was that mom a week ago for my son's 5th birthday party in the middle of my wedding season and I still wanted to make it really fun. I did not give away cars, but I felt like I did! And the best part is that if I had more time maybe I would have! :)
So after surviving through his 2 hour birthday with only 10 kids (I cut back his list because I did not want 27 kids running around my house!) I decided I need to write a little post for all of you busy moms and dads out there that want to throw a fun party for your kids, but do not have the time. Or maybe you do, but you want to enjoy the party and remember it when it is over. Even as a planner, I wish I had someone there to do the dirty work so I could have enjoyed my friends and family and watched Jack play with his friends!
If you have awesome ideas and have the time to do it all - GREAT! More power to you! Then what I would highly recommend is hiring someone to come in for a couple of hours to help set up, keep drinks, food, etc, stocked up and to clean up after. Oh man do I wish I had someone to clean up!
If you have awesome ideas but have no clue how to do it, then we can also help you with bringing your ideas to life, or helping to create some new, fun ideas as well. This is what we live for!
The moral of the story is, enjoy your party and your friends. Just because it is your kid's party, doesn't mean that you can't have fun too! Trust me, it will be totally worth it!
Let’s take a moment…and maybe a deep breath too, to think about all of the decisions that need to be made when planning the wedding of your dreams. To start, we choose when we want to celebrate! Then we have researching and choosing a venue, creating a guest list, deciding on wedding party attendants, booking the caterer, photographer, officiant, etc. We also have to find THE dress, choose the rings we will wear forever to show our love for one another while also deciding on the guest book, the place cards, the favors and the list goes on…Feeling excited but a little overwhelmed? That’s NORMAL, and do you want to know why? Because every one of the decisions you make when planning your dream wedding MATTERS.
Now here is a little twist. Have you thought about what all of those decisions could mean for our environment? Before you think, ANOTHER item on my to-do list, I want you to think about how every decision, however big or small, matters. Don’t think planning a “green” wedding means it all has to be eco-friendly or nothing at all. Every decision you make throughout your wedding planning process makes a difference. Let’s do our best to protect Cape Cod and our beaches we all love so much!
Spreading the News
Announce your Save the Date through your wedding website! You can email your guests a link right to it and save paper. It is a fun way to keep your guests involved because you can continually update your website as your planning progresses. Then when the time comes to send your paper invitations, you can reduce the amount of paper you use because guests can visit your wedding website to RSVP and gather more of the specifics. Though you are reducing your paper consumption, try to take it one step further and buy invitations made from recycled or plantable paper.
Who Will Be There
Coming up with your guest list can be a very tricky part of the wedding planning process. Perhaps to help you, you should keep in mind that the size of your wedding affects the amount of resources you will be using. If there is no avoiding a long list, then try to be extra informed about the “green” decisions you can make during the planning process to help offset that.
Try to find one venue where everything can happen. By doing this you are reducing the pollution created by your guests travel. Not to mention, it will be easier for your guests to only have to find one venue and will eliminate transportation costs to get to a second location. Also think about your venue being somewhere you can eliminate waste and cut cost by using the natural beauty or décor within the space already. Spaces like this include beaches (which we are in no shortage of here on the Cape!), vineyards, botanical gardens, art galleries and museums. Consider a morning or afternoon wedding when you need less lighting to save electricity.
What to Wear
Most often, men will rent their tux for the big day and it will go on to be reused by another groom in the future, which is great! Brides most often buy a new dress that is worn once and then stored away in our closets or basements. If you make the decision to purchase a new gown, consider donating it after your big day. Bridal Garden will sell your gown and use the money to help children in need in New York City. Brides Across America gives gowns to our nation’s military brides as a way to honor our troops and thank them for their service. These are just a couple of great charities! If a brand new gown is not on your to-do list, some eco-friendly options are to wear a family member’s gown, check out vintage and consignment shops for used gowns, or buy a gown made from sustainable materials. When it comes to jewelry, you can save money and the environment by reusing antique or family heirloom pieces. Remember that alterations can be made to make it your own! If you choose to buy new, purchase conflict-free diamonds or jewelry that is made from recycled materials.
The information I have shared with you really only scratches the surface of eco-friendly choices you can make when planning your wedding, which is exactly what I want you to know! There are MANY green choices available to you. Also, remember to ask the venues and vendors you are interested in what they do or what they could do to be more “green”. If they are not currently doing anything, they may think twice about making changes if people come asking!
by Guest Blogger Bridget Farry, Cape Cod Celebrations Eco-Friendly Specialist
Ask us about Eco-Friendly options for your Cape Cod wedding!
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