Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Reuse and recycle (or borrow if needed) — by Guest Mom Beth Longtine



These days we hear a lot about going green, and that emphasis is beginning to hit the wedding industry as well. Many are trying to encourage less waste and to recycle when possible. The best way to go green? Use what you already have, and try to buy what you know you will use again.


So what did we reuse? Previously owned white serving dishes were used on the dessert table, and a black, tiered stand was painted white to fit in. A long-owned wooden tray got a coat of red, and was used to hold favors. A banner was made out of an old book catalogue. Real dishes and linens were used for dinner. From friends we borrowed beakers for the flowers, place-card holders, the photo backdrop, and cameras for the photo booth. And I could go on…



Something to remember: Friends love to help, just be careful not to ask too much of them. One item or task per person is enough to make them feel a part of the day, without making them feel taken advantage of.

photos from Holly Hoyt Photography

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3 Comments:

Blogger Lou@weheartbooks said...

That banner is magical. Beautiful and recycled, such a brilliant idea. I have filed that one away for an occasion I might use it.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009 at 6:40:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Beth said...

Thanks Lou.

The best part of the banner? I had my 9th grader make it!

Thursday, April 23, 2009 at 2:13:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Leslie said...

I love the banner! Are those full-size magazine pages? How are they attached for hanging?

Friday, April 24, 2009 at 9:42:00 PM EDT  

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