Thursday, 13 May 2010

And they lived happily ever after

(image borrowed from 100 Layer Cake, an invaluable wedding planning site)
Ah, weddings.
I don’t really believe when people claim to hate weddings.
My theory is, of course everybody loves them! But some of us may feel embarrassed to admit it. It’s too much of an easy, uncomplicated pleasure.
It’s the same compulsion some people have to insist they don’t like desserts, or summer, or Steven Spielberg. Too perfect to be enjoyed guilt-free, some believe.
But weddings are a complicated affair. At least for those poor, harassed brides organising them.
And then there’s the impact all those flower arrangements, gift lists, dress making and mountains of stationery may cause on the environment/pockets/sanity.
If you’re worried your big day will compromise your ethical credentials, then I urge you to visit The Natural Wedding Company the minute you hear that proposal.
What a fantastic business idea.
Run by very entrepeneurial 25 (!!) year old Charlie in Cheshire, the site has a directory “to help couples plan a more natural, ethical and intimate wedding.“
A few examples:

- Wedding favours from Oxfam Unwrapped. First of all, they look beautiful. And you get to thank your guests, while choosing from a range of gifts from their catalogue: animal vaccinations, health checks, bags of seeds.

And remember Oxfam also does wedding lists and bridal wear.
- The Vintage Wedding List: how stylish. Forget pacing John Lewis’s kitchen department for hours, and please drop that Argos catalogue immediately! The Vintage Wedding List has an amazing choice of hand-picked antiques presents, from linen napkins to garden furniture. I am this close to renewing my vows just to get my hands on some of these decanters:

- The Dress: it’s all about the dress, really. Unfortunately, I am from a pre-digital era and can’t share photos of the “vintage” (cheap second hand) dress I wore on my now far away in the past big day. I found it in a great vintage shop in Greenwich (Emporium, close to the Cutty Sark, can anyone find their site?), and even though it was about 20 sizes too large and took months to be fitted properly, it was all worth it.
But I just remembered this is not about me. It is too easy to get carried away with wedding stories.
Who ever knew there was such a long selection of companies offering non-conventional wedding dresses: gowns made from sustainable materials, second-hand, fair trade, even dresses made of hemp and bamboo fabric. Have a look at the directory, as there are so many beautiful options. Most are in the UK and US, but I can see on many sites that they deliver worldwide.
The one in this picture I borrowed from my favourite site in the list: US based Threadhead Creations.

To the bride and groom!

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