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How To Have a Vintage and Handmade Green Themed Wedding

Updated on March 15, 2016

Weddings Can be Eco-friendly and Fancy too by Wearing Vintage Jewelry; an Heirloom Dress and Adding Other Vintage Touches

You can do this in part by using a wonderful old heirloom wedding dress from a family member or a thrift store wedding dress treasure and then adding your own touches of flair and personality by using vintage lace, old buttons, and trims... and making the dress your own one-of-a-kind design.
The same can be done for attendant dresses too by getting dresses or gowns and perhaps altering the hemlines and sleeves and then jazzing them up with notions to give them a unique new designer look.

Combine elegance and the traditional look of an old-fashioned, fancy and frilly wedding with the Green and responsible aspect of making it as Eco-friendly as possible by using family vintage jewelry and other vintage items for your wedding day. The more that you incorporate vintage; heirloom; handmade; and up-cycled goods in your bridal displays; wedding decorations; and all-around atmosphere, the more unique and special the event will be for you and for your guests.

Here are some great do-it-yourself ideas to save money, be more environmentally sound and still have a wonderful, personalized, especially glamorous wedding day.with tips about the wedding dress, jewelry, wedding flowers, favors, and wedding gifts.

Add Sparkle and Flair With Vintage Jewelry and decorations

Use second-hand vases and dishes to hold beautiful bouquets of wildflowers mixed with your own roses and other garden flowers for the table decorations; the wedding and reception d├ęcor; and for the girls to carry as bouquets.

You can go with a certain color scheme such as using all white containers (old milk glass) or, mix and match the glass and pottery colors to coordinate with your wedding colors.

Family and friends often want to help with the wedding so get them involved by having them scour gift shops for vases for the guests' and bridal tables and platters for cookie trays as well as local flea markets and thrift shops. The bride; wedding party and mother of the bride can all get in to the fun by wearing vintage jewelry such as a beautiful pearl or rhinestone necklace and bracelet.
You will have a look of your own as vintage pieces have such flair and are getting harder to find and you will be keeping with your Green theme as buying these pieces instead of new is a great way to reuse/reduce/recycle.

Wearing your Grandma's pearls; rhinestones or other pretties will add a glamorous touch to your special memories. If you don't have any heirloom, family jewelry, check out your local area or VintageJewelryByGramz.ecrater.com/ You'll want to pick out your own pieces to make sure it is the right look and length for you and that it will work with your dress.

Also, if your local friends and family have organic flower gardens, see what will be blooming at the time of your wedding and ask them if you can stop by (or have a flower savvy friend stop by) to cut flowers for your wedding.

Making the bridal bouquet by adding vintage brooches and pearl (faux and real) necklaces mixed in with the flowers and lace is really catching on!

Doing these things will give your wedding a unique look and style while adding to the nostalgia of the affair, help the environment by not adding to the consumerism, and can also save money too which is always a big plus.

Visit the small, locally-owned, Brick & Mortar shops in your area and ask the owners if she/he may have vintage jewelry; dresses; glassware; lace and decorations.  These Mom & Pop places often do and the selection can be very nice.
Visit the small, locally-owned, Brick & Mortar shops in your area and ask the owners if she/he may have vintage jewelry; dresses; glassware; lace and decorations. These Mom & Pop places often do and the selection can be very nice. | Source
Lavender flowers work well to throw instead of rice at weddings.
Lavender flowers work well to throw instead of rice at weddings. | Source

What to Throw at the Happy Couple Instead of Rice at Weddings?

Many people get lavender buds to use instead of rice or bird seed.
Research has shown that rice is not good for the birds who will eat it.
Bird seed is a better choice then rice, but will cause weeds to grow wherever it lands and takes root. Because of this, it is not a good choice to use around flower gardens or other areas where weeds are unwanted.
So, because lavender flower buds are both small in size and smell great - many folks are using it now instead.

You could use rose petals, chamomile flowers, lilac petals or most any organically grown flower. Just make sure to use just the petals or tiny buds or else the flowers might be too heavy and may not feel very good when you get some thrown at you.

All natural cedar-lavender sachets make great party favors for the guests
All natural cedar-lavender sachets make great party favors for the guests | Source

Handmade, Earth Friendly Party Favors

All natural muslin sachets that are filled with cedar and lavender buds, cedar and rose buds, or cedar and peppermint leaves can be used as the table favors for both the Bridal Shower and for the Wedding reception.
They come in a few sizes and allow you to keep the natural theme going.
If you would like these for your wedding, you'll need to have your printer (or almost anyone can design and print them out these days) print out the tags with your names and the date and then get them sent out and then give me at least a month's notice to have the muslin bags sewn and time for them to be filled and mailed out.

Hand-sewn eye mask; washable eye mask liner; neck pillow; and sachet luxury relaxation or travel set
Hand-sewn eye mask; washable eye mask liner; neck pillow; and sachet luxury relaxation or travel set | Source

Green, Handmade, One of a Kind Gift Ideas for the Bride and Groom and More

Hand-sewn luxury pampering items (eye mask pillows with real lavender, roses or other flowers and herbs, washable eye mask liners, neck pillows - also with all natural flowers and herbs, and matching sachets) are usually sewn from vintage fabrics and are often requested as a gift for the happy couple and used as gifts for the Bridal Party as well.

Some are already put together as a set, but most are sold separately so you can put your own set together or mix and match. These one-of-a-kind gifts; other green, organic gifts and vintage goods not only make wonderful wedding gifts and bridal party thank yous, but are appreciated at any time of the year because they are so special and pampering.


Vintage wedding style as shown in this J.C. Penney Fall & Winter 1963 catalog
Vintage wedding style as shown in this J.C. Penney Fall & Winter 1963 catalog

Vintage Wedding Style From 1963

This wonderful dress style as shown in this image of the J.C. Penney Fall & Winter 1963 catalog can be duplicated today. Get a plain, vintage dress and add lace to it - or - you can use a plain, newer dress and mimic the design idea to get this fantastic look.

Browse the nice selection of vintage and new lace, buttons, fabric and trims to try to create the vintage look that you want and to find gifts for the bridal party and family and be able to mix and match to suit your theme and make your dress something unique.

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      Diana Burrell-Shipton 19 months ago from Hubbard, Ohio, USA

      Thank you all !

      Making the bridal bouquet by adding vintage brooches and pearl (faux and real) necklaces mixed in with the flowers and lace is really catching on ! We've had some ladies come in to our gift shop to get several of the pins and lace... that we have here.

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      Marti Lawrence 3 years ago from Grain Valley, Missouri

      Nice lens! Some very good ideas.

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      onlinesales 6 years ago

      Awesome Lens Diana.

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      loraseverson 7 years ago

      Excellent ideas for a green wedding! Very interesting!

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      loraseverson 7 years ago

      Excellent ideas for a green wedding! Very interesting!

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      dahlia369 7 years ago

      Some great ideas, very interesting lens - useful for anyone who is planning on an environmentally-friendly wedding. Great job, Diana!! :)

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      dahlia369 7 years ago

      Some great ideas, very interesting lens - useful for anyone who is planning on an environmentally-friendly wedding. Great job, Diana!! :)