Have a Simple, Small, Green Wedding

Written by Debra Lynn Dadd

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* Write your own ceremony. The entire reason for having a wedding, really, isrepparttar ceremony. The most important aspect of a wedding is notrepparttar 122002 decorations, butrepparttar 122003 vows and intentions that are stated inrepparttar 122004 ceremony and that you give to each other. Researchrepparttar 122005 time-honored patterns to wedding ceremonies and follow this pattern in your own personal way.

* Invite meaningful guests. When you have a small number of guests, you can spend more time with them and really experience their presence. Minimum is justrepparttar 122006 two of you, repparttar 122007 minister, and a witness. Invite family and friends with whom you have real relationships. Eliminate those that might be invited out of social obligation.

* Have your wedding at home, either indoors or in your garden, or in a park. Rather than spending a lot of money on floral arrangements, we put that money into tidying up our back yard and planting perennial flowers that we are still enjoying today.

Looking back on our wedding day, we are very pleased with our simple, small wedding. We were able to relax and enjoy repparttar 122008 day and experiencerepparttar 122009 love and support of our best friends. Best of all, we still had energy left forrepparttar 122010 honeymoon...

For many more details on planning your simple, small, green wedding (including choosing flowers, rings, clothing and reciption, and photos of Debra's wedding), visit http://www.debraslist.com/wedding, and click on "You are invited to... My Simple, Small, Green Wedding". Debra is also available as a consultant to help you plan your wedding.

Hailed as "The Queen of Green" by the New York Times, Debra Lynn Dadd has been a consumer advocate for products and lifestyle choices that are better for health and the environment since 1982. Visit her website for 100s of links to 1000s of nontoxic, natural and earthwise products, and to sign up for her free email newsletters. http://www.dld123.com

Vital tips on making your own wedding invitations ...

Written by Claire, Invitation Express Wedding Stationery Software

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Be aware ofrepparttar theme throughout your chosen design. If you have bows on all pieces take into considerationrepparttar 122001 number of sets you need. For example: one of my very first clients wanted gold organza bows onrepparttar 122002 invitation, reply card, place cards andrepparttar 122003 thank you cards. I produced a sample set for her which she loved. She ordered 100 sets. That meant 100 invitations, 100 reply cards, 200 place cards and 100 thank you cards. That meant 500 bows and 200 of those were tiny ones forrepparttar 122004 place cards! If you want bows thatís fine, but just be aware ofrepparttar 122005 amount of work it can involve. Maybe just have them onrepparttar 122006 invitation and/or place cards. You can always enlistrepparttar 122007 help of your girlfriends and make a night of it.

If you choose to have a folded card, buy it folded where possible. It costs a little extra but cuts down onrepparttar 122008 work you need to do yourself. Scoringrepparttar 122009 card, while not difficult is quite fiddly. You only get one go at scoringrepparttar 122010 card Ė if itís wrong then itís wasted. This can be frustrating and expensive.

Place cards can be purchased individually, in pairs or threes. Donít buy them individually cut if you are going to print directly ontorepparttar 122011 card as they may not feed well throughrepparttar 122012 printer. Our software comes with placecard templates for all sizes which can be guillotined afterwards. Some placecards come with perforations for easy separation.

Making your own stationery can be fun and you will definitely save a bundle if you plan your design thoroughly BEFORE you purchase any materials. Most stationery outlets will have paper and card available byrepparttar 122013 single sheet so purchase a few ofrepparttar 122014 ones you like and test them in your printer first.

The key to a smooth process is testing and planning before you decide on anything definitely. Having a set of stationery finished completely and making sure you are happy withrepparttar 122015 look andrepparttar 122016 level of difficulty involved will ensure you enjoyrepparttar 122017 experience.

Claire is the owner and co-developer of Invitation Express Wedding Stationery Software, an innovative new software package designed specifically for users to create and print their own wedding stationery. Visit our site at http://www.invitationexpress.com.au

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