event design: the stylist behind anthropologie

The enticing look behind Anthropologie and other great design resources is due, in part, to the imaginative vision of stylists like Olga Naiman, of New York event and design firm, Aparat.

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Naiman is the design genius behind Domino Magazine's green issue launch event in March 2007, as well as Anthropologie's fab layouts for Summer 2007 (see above). The inspiring tableauxes Aparat creates, whether for editorial or for events, demonstrate the power of simplicity, and exemplify how to use everyday ephemera and organic elements to bring visual beauty to any moment.

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You can, of course, apply this very eco-chic concept into your wedding design. You don't have to purchase new, disposable, or even "wedding-themed" items to create the look and feel you want.

{photo credits: Above: Anthropologie, Below: Real Simple}

 

 


martha stewart weddings: decoupage gift plates

 I just looked through the current issue of Martha Stewart Weddings, and there's a fantastic decoupage idea in one of the featured weddings. What a wonderful idea for a table setting that can also be a gift for your guests. Decoupage (from the verb decouper, "to cut out") became all the rage in 17th c. France. Marie Antoinette is said to have been a fan of the technique...so let your guests eat cake and keep their plate ;)

Decoupage is a fairly easy, but if you do go with this idea I think that you should make chargers (so that the actual plate goes on top of the charger). In general, a charger is about 11.5 to 13", but they can be larger if you so desire. You can find used charger plates online, or maybe someone in your family has a few they wouldn't mind giving away.

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*These lovely decoupage pieces are by Lorena Siminovich of Petit Collage. Each print is available for $140, and would make a nice addition to your wedding registry.

For more ideas and techniques check out: 
Handmade by Allison

contact: orders@handmadebyallison.com


don't have a green wedding

I am not a fan of the "green themed" wedding, as I think I've said before. For me, this is not about a theme...it's about a way of being. Saving resources, including your time and money, and enjoying the process is what it's all about.
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Actually Eco-Chic Weddings is a little bit of a misnomer--because the way I define Eco-Chic doesn't necessarily have any connection to "Eco." At lease not in the traditional sense of the word. Eco-Chic Weddings  just seemed like the most expedient title at the time...plus, it's pretty catchy.  But what I really meant to say was "Sustainable Weddings." But at the time (2003), my editor didn't think anyone would "get" the word sustainable.

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The idea is to have a wedding to match your lifestyle. We all need to be a bit more of a conscious consumer, and planning a wedding is a great way to start. The person I think about as my "inspiration" is my great-grandmother Sullivan, who was married on Sunday morning after Church in the parlour of her parent's home in Rock Island, Illinois. Following the ceremony, the guests retreated to the backyard for tea sandwiches and punch. Simple, sweet, and quite memorable.
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I really don't want you to feel like this is just another layer to add to the already complicated matter of planning a wedding. It is the complete opposite. It is about taking a deep breathe and letting go of expectations, going with what feels natural. (the beautiful image above is from Brown Mouse Photography. Click here for more of their fantastic work.)

Still confused about what "sustainable" is? Click here for Sustainable Table, an excellent reference.


brand new blog: wedded bits

Save paper, go online! Wedded Bits is the new blog brought to you by the editors of Brides Magazine, Modern Bride, and Elegant Bride. Wedded Bits will feature unique content everyday, with ideas and inspiration all in one place.
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Did you know that Brides.com has an entire Eco-Chic Weddings (no relation to me) section on their site. Honestly, who would have thought the eco-zeitgeist would hit as hard as it has? Maybe Brides will ask me to be a contributing editor (hint hint ;)
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(all images are from Brides Magazine/Brides.com)

I used to think green weddings would be barely a blip on the radar, and now whole (bridal) world has gone bananas for green! Just goes to show, life is full of wonderful surprises.

If you have a moment, take a look at some early posts to see how my blog has evolved.
Eco-Registry Ideas
Furniture + Invitations
Design Idea--Bunting
Eco-Travel


{diy weddings} blue skies and daisies lets you design your invitations and more

Blue Skies and Daisies is a Vancouver-based design studio with the most delightful wedding invitation and web site designs...

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You can choose your colors...

                   
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You can choose from an assortment of  "Ready2Wear" designs...
passport wedding designornate pattern wedding designbunny love photographs wedding design
illustrated wild flowers wedding designdestination wedding designindian stamp wedding invitations
arts and crafts wedding designsketches of flowers wedding deignlotus flower wedding design
funky wedding invitationsmodern and clean wedding designevergreen trees wedding design
cherry blossom wedding designorganic floral wedding invitationmodern and bold wedding invitation
west coast wedding designpolka doted wedding invitationsimple roses on a vine wedding invitation
art nouveau wedding invitationart paint splashes and monogramdoodle wedding invitation

Or choose to have Blue Skies and Daisies create a customized design...

They will help you with your web site, invitations, menu cards, programs...you can have everything online, or or else you can opt for a print version too.

more invitation and paper ideas for you here...
Recycled and Handmade Paper
Nantaka Joy
Mel Lim

Great paper resources:
Invite Resources


{welcome to indie weddings month}

I'm so excited to welcome a fresh new approach to wedding planning with the first official "Indie Weddings Month" this March 2008. When you support independent designers, you're also supporting fair trade, sustainability, recycling, reducing, re-purposing, and reusing! Spending your wedding budget on unique handmade goodies is a great way to feel good, and do good. I hope you enjoy all of the fun things we have planned for this month, and I'd love to hear your ideas and how you are infusing your own creative spirit into your wedding and your life.
xo Emily

p.s. I'm going to be posting over at Vintage Indie and sharing my "Indie Pick of the Day" each and everyday of the week for the whole month of March, so come find me over there too...

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{march is indie weddings month}: celebrate recycling, reusing, reducing in style!

It's here--Indie Weddings Month officially begins today! In celebration, Charming Sam is running a super cool contest...check it out:

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Indie Wedding Month - Art Contest

I am jumping on the band wagon and hoping to grab the tail of someone elses star. March is officially Indie Wedding Month. Along with VintageIndie and Eco-Chic Weddings I am throwing a small party in March, but my party involves another fun art contest. Tell your friends!

Prize(s): $100 Gift Certificate from Charming Sam - http://www.charmingsam.com/ .

$25.00 Gift Certificate from 5th Avenue Bath Co - http://5thavenuebathco.com/

$25.00 Gift Certificate to the store of your choice at Marmalade Pink - http://www.marmaladepink.com/

How to Win: Keeping with the theme of Indie Wedding and Eco-chic your entry must be a wedding favor...
An item that can be given to guests in thanks for attending the wedding of the lovely couple. Your wedding favor can be anything BUT it must be made from recycled materials.
Recycled doesn't necessarily mean digging around in the trash for an old coke can (unless that is what you want to do). Instead recycled can also mean vintage, antique, refurbished and altered. This must be an original piece of art, assemblage, etc. done by you and owned by you. Please do not submit anything you wouldn't want your grandmother to see and I reserve the right to reject any entrant at my sole discretion.
Photograph & Description: A scan or photograph of your art along with a short description of the materials used must be received via email no later than March 19, 2008 to information@charmingsam.com at 11:59pm, PST. High resolution photographs or scans are encouraged.

Voting: Each entry submitted will be posted at http://www.charmingsam.blogspot.com/ on March 21, 2008 with the capability for site visitors to vote for individual pieces. Tell your friends, co-workers and anyone else you know to stop by and vote for your piece.

Which ever piece of work has the most votes by March 26, 2008 at 11:59pm, PST will be considered the winner.

Winner: The winners entry will be posted at http://www.charmingsam.blogspot.com/ on March 27, 2008 along with details about the artist including a short bio, links to website, store, etc.

Photograph & Description: A scan or photograph of your art along with a short description of the materials used must be received via email no later than March 19, 2008 to information@charmingsam.com at 11:59pm, PST. High resolution photographs or scans are encouraged.

Voting: Each entry submitted will be posted at http://www.charmingsam.blogspot.com/ on March 21, 2008 with the capability for site visitors to vote for individual pieces. Tell your friends, co-workers and anyone else you know to stop by and vote for your piece.

Which ever piece of work has the most votes by March 26, 2008 at 11:59pm, PST will be considered the winner.

Winner: The winners entry will be posted at http://www.charmingsam.blogspot.com/ on March 27, 2008 along with details about the artist including a short bio, links to website, store, etc.

Yada-Yada: Each prize cannot be exchanged, resold, redeemed for cash or transferred with out the express permission of Charming Sam Studios.Charming Sam Studio is operating this contest with prizes offered as of February 27, 2008. NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. A PURCHASE DOES NOT IMPROVE YOUR CHANCE OF WINNING. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED.Eligibility: Entrant must be eighteen (18) years of age or older and a legal resident of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia as of December 31, 2007. Employees of Charming Sam Studio, parents, subsidiaries, affiliated companies, and agents and the immediate family (defined as parents, spouse, children, siblings, grandparents) of each such employees, and all those with whom such employees are domiciled, are NOT eligible.

Timing: Contest begins at 12:00:01 a.m. PST on Friday, February 29, 2008 and ends at 11:59:59 p.m. E.T. on Wednesday, March 26, 2008 at 11:59pm, PST.

I think that is it. If you have questions please post them as comments to this post so I can answer for everybody. Good luck!

Mobiles For Your Wedding Decor

I truly enjoy the dramatic effect of a fabulous floral arrangement. Unfortunately, flower centerpieces and all that goes with them are the ultimate in wedding waste...wiring, oasis, disposable containers, and unhealthy--and unregulated by the FDA--pesticide residue on the flowers themselves; the result is basically a socio/eco-tragedy (in many cases, workers in countries that produce these flowers are not treated fairly, and often are exposed to unhealthy levels of pesticides in enclosed environments). But you can create drama and style with more than just flowers. For example, try these reusable mobiles from Design Public. Imagine them hanging above each of your table. Kind of fabulous, no?

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By the way, you might like I find it encouraging that Sam's Club, the warehouse club division of Wal-Mart, has announced it is now offering Fair Trade Certified roses online--just in time for Valentine's Day.

more eco-design ideas...
Blik Wall Art
Local Harvest
Goodbye Blueprint Magazine


The Tip Jar + Love Luggage Joint

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I'll file this in the category of "could be" and "should be" eco-chic...these fabulous bags, from Love Luggage Joint (via The Tip Jar), come in leather and...PVC...Recycled PVC, or plastic, is  available from many different sources, and I would like to take this opportunity to suggest these guys look into it...pronto, because with price points like $145 and $30, these bags will be flying out the door, I tell you (and right into my hands...)