Green Wedding Decor – Live Trees

trees-wedding-decorWilliam and Kate’s wedding has inspired all of us with the sheer amount of style they managed to create – style not always being what you’d associate with royal weddings – glitz yes, glamour yeah, but style can often be more elusive. For some it is the dress that will be remembered, and the chief bridesmaid’s dress too… but for me the truly memorable element was their commitment to a green ethos with their wedding decor. Seeing Westminster Abbey filled with live trees, rather than hothouse flowers  – the froth of green leaves and soaring branches dwarfed by the vastness of  the cathedral, and knowing that those trees would then be planted out to live on as a lasting memorial to the day, is really special.

If you are thinking of emulating the royal couple by including large trees as part of your wedding decor, go for it. They make a stunning focus either as an impromptu avenue to walk down to the altar or just a few trees grouped as a backdrop. Even just one large tree as a focal point, carefully draped in white fairy lights can make a beautiful and original centerpiece to your wedding decor.

There are a few points to remember if you are planning on adding large trees to your wedding plans.

Plan where and how the trees will be planted out after the wedding. Live trees are only a green option if they will be looked after and planted out properly after the event. Will you be having them planted in the garden of your future home? Your parents’ home? Or donating them to a tree planting project or a local community school? Who will take charge of the transporting and planting out of the trees when you are away on honeymoon?

Choose indigenous trees that will suit the place where they will eventually be planted. There are plenty of pretty indigenous trees to choose from. Ask the tree nursery for advice on which trees suit the conditions of the future planting site.

Think about the logistics of getting the trees into place before the wedding. Very large trees, such as those in Westminster Abbey, will probably need lifting equipment to position them. You may need special permission from your wedding venue to get access for this. If this isn’t possible, select trees of a more moderate size that can be carried in by hand. These can still be big enough to be dramatic and used to great effect. Again get advice from the tree nursery, as to the transport requirements for each size of tree before you order a whole forest!

Choose a local tree nursery that specializes in large trees and arrange transport, delivery and positioning with them.

When planning your tree wedding decor make sure there will be enough time to put it all in place. William and Kate’s trees were positioned in Westminster Abbey three days before the wedding. A wedding venue that has multiple weddings booked on the same day or weddings booked in all weekend may not look too kindly on huge trees being hauled in.

If you have a wedding planner talk over the idea with her and get her to work out the logistics for you, so you can go for the ultimate in green fairytale wedding decor!

Designer Wedding Dress Clearence Sale in Stellenbosch

designer-wedding-dressBrides-to be in and around Cape Town who have been dreaming of a Demetrios wedding dress or a wedding gown by Max Chaoul are in luck!

Lady Marmalaide in Stellenbosch has just announced a studio winter clearance sale with up to 50% discount and free fitting sessions. This will take place on the weekend of 27-28th August from 9am till 2pm. So if you’re after a designer wedding dress at a bargain price, get there early and make sure the fantasy becomes a reality!

Contact details and address for Lady Marmalaide’s wedding dress collection in Stellenbosch in the link.

Wedding Planners and DIY Weddings

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Are you thinking of a DIY wedding, but then wondering how you can keep it together on the day itself and still enjoy it all? Well there is an option that would work for you. Plan your wedding yourself and then hire a wedding planner just to coordinate the actual day for you.

DIY weddings aren’t for everyone. They involve a lot of hard work, clever budgeting and thinking of nothing else in all your free time for months before the big day. However if you enjoy planning, love details and are keeping your wedding fairly small then they can work well. But the bride can’t exactly run around with a clipboard instead of a bouquet, checking arrangements on the day. So this is where hiring a wedding coordinator for the day comes in.

Generally you will meet with your ‘day of’ wedding planner about a month before the wedding to go over your arrangements. She will be able to point out anything important you’ve missed in time for you to make any final adjustments to your plans. On the day she will have all the details, contact numbers and timings and will be able to oversee things, with or without clipboard, so that you don’t have to worry about whether the flowers have been delivered, if the wedding cars will be on time and so on. Of course the bride could ask a family member to take on the role of organizer for the day, but often entrusting it to a professional is easier and allows that touch of experienced wedding planner  polish to bring all your plans together beautifully, smooth out any wrinkles and make sure the bride can just focus on the essence of the day.

Check out the directory on SAWeddings, to find wedding planners in South Africa that offer both full wedding planning packages and the wedding coordination outlined here.