Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Does planning a wedding need to be a nightmare

Planning a wedding whether it be a natural wedding or otherwise can be stressful but once you get your priorities straight, it really needn't be that way. We need to stop confusing weddings with crafty business. Weddings have become a linear experience in many cultures, when in reality it's up to you how it happens.  If you want a simple wedding, don't succumb to the pressure of society like the example of this video (funny though it may be) and make sure you only include what is important to you rather than giving in to societal pressures.

Of course you want to be considerate about the beliefs of your family and friends but as the video blatantly shows, it can be a losing battle if you don't take things into your own hands.

For more natural wedding tips and vendors in your area, check out our Natural Weddings website.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Natural ideas for a green wedding

1. These kraft brown labels are perfect to label gifts or favours for your guests.
2. Stylish sustainable, untreated, ethically made, Chinese white pine cones can be personalised and filled with anything from confetti to food.
3. Think of all the ways you can use this woven ribbon to help express your love - long heart & live, laugh, love.
4. Beeswax candles are free from petroleum products and chemicals, so all you breathe in is pure, natural vapour.
5. Hang this rustic Mr & Mrs bunting from the back of the bride and groom's chairs.
6. Use the click & stamp set to personalise your wedding decor.
7. Use the click & stamp set to personalise your sustainable wood cutlery.
8. Decorate to your hearts content with this colourful cotton bakers twine.
9. Use the don't forget - sticky notes to help remember what's next in the wedding plans.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

6 ways to reuse corks for your wedding reception

Choose to re-use! It's the best way to save money as well as resources. Here we are sharing some innovative ideas on what to do with those corks you have collected over the years to make your wedding more memorable!

By creating a slit length ways in a cork and leveling off the bottom, you have the perfect place setting holder.

Add an eye hook, key ring and your wedding date to a cork for a nice keepsake for your guests. 

Using two vases and adding corks between the two with a candle to illuminate it all will add a special and economical touch to your table centerpieces.

Cut the corks into small discs to create wine glass labels. Use small letter stamps to add your own personal touch.

Glue corks to an old piece of board or into a picture frame and use it as a pin board to stick the seating assignments for a rustic presentation.

Add that extra special touch with a heart or by gluing corks to cut out letters to represent your initials.

If you are looking for corks for your natural wedding contact us at we might have some to share with you.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Pre-wedding glow - Top 10 beauty foods for clear healthy skin

It's easy to eat your way to healthy, glowing skin leading up to your natural wedding with our top 10 beauty foods. These foods contain specific nutrients that work at a cellular level to nourish your skin from the inside out so you can GLOW the natural way. Great makeup starts with clear healthy skin so turn your pantry into a beauty cabinet.

1. Almonds

almonds as beauty food
Almonds are one of the best sources of wrinkle fighting antioxidants like glycoside and Vitamin E, which work together to neutralise free radicals and protect cells.  Vitamin E also helps maintain skin elasticity, promotes tissue repair and heals cracked lips, the perfect remedy if you’ve had too much sun!

2. Avocado

Avocados contain monounsaturated fatty acids to replenish the skin’s natural moisture barrier to keep it soft and hydrated during the warmer, drier months. They also contain antioxidants carotenoids and Vitamin E to reduce damage from free radicals caused by the sun. Carotenoids are also known to improve your skin’s density, thickness and tone.

3. Flaxseeds

Flaxseeds and flaxseed oil are rich in Omega 3 fatty acids will help to keep skin plump, moisturised (coat the skin cells to lock in moisture) and supple whilst also reducing damaging inflammation and keeping hair and nails strong. Lignans in linseeds are also natural anti-inflammatories and help to heal and repair skin.

4. Blueberries

Blueberries are one of the highest sources of antioxidants in the world, which again help fight wrinkle formation and fine lines caused by too much sun. Many of the vitamins in blueberries, like Vitamin C strengthen blood vessels , improving the appearance of broken capillaries or spider veins.

5. Spinach

Not only Spinach, but other dark leafy greens such as kale and parsley are packed with Phytochemicals and folates to help hydrate skin and keep it healthy. It is also high in Vitamin A, which helps the skin effectively retain moisture. Plus they’re a rich source of iron, which is necessary for firm, plump skin that is magnetic. (radiates health)

6. Tomato

Tomatoes’ contain the potent antioxidant lycopene, its high fat solubility makes it a natural defence against UV rays. Its high Vitamin A content also adds shine to your hair, keeping it strong by protecting it from free radicals. Vitamin A also works to protect and brighten eyes whilst Vitamin K reduces the appearance of dark circles.

7. Lemon

Lemons are rich in Vitamin C, which allows for the formation of collagen for plump, smooth skin. Lemons are also excellent for breakouts and reducing the appearance of pigmentation and sun spots (when used both inside and out) Lemons are also an alkalizing food, which helps to balance the body’s PH and reduce redness, irritation and dryness.

8. Turmeric

Curcumin is the key active in turmeric that gives it anti-inflammatory and antioxidant benefits for a brighter complexion and reduced redness and puffiness, especially under the eyes. Turmeric’s antibacterial properties help fight acne and other impurities and are also fantastic for evening skin tone and reducing pigmentation when eaten regularly or applied topically.

9. Green tea

Green tea is packed with polyphenols, which are powerful antioxidants that work to keep collagen in your skin strong, helping to maintain a tight and smooth complexion. Catechins in green tea also soothe digestion by maintaining healthy gut bacteria while reducing inflammation from the inside out. Drinking green tea throughout the day is also a great way to keep your skin hydrating and nourished from the inside out.

10. Yoghurt

Good gut health is essential. Probiotics in yoghurt help skin fight inflammation and wrinkles. and plays an important role in keeping the body’s good microbes in balance reducing blemishes and outbreaks. The calcium in milk helps regulate skin lipid content thus preventing dryness. Vitamin B helps protect cells from oxygen damage and supports cellular energy production.

Information provided by Cindy Luken Founder luk beautifood and food scientist

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Seven best 'Guest Book Ideas' for your natural wedding

Having a keep sake from your guests who attended your special day is a lovely thing to look  back on over the years. Here are some ideas that wont cost the Earth!

Paint an old guitar, have guests sign with a silver sharpie, restring it and hanging it as wall art in your home!  

Don't know what to do with all those corks you've saved over your years together? Have your guests sign wine corks and leave their well wishes instead of a guest book?

Find an old type writer and set up a station for your guests to type you a message. 

Have one of these delightful trees made for your guests to sign. 

Use a Ball Mason jar with a rustic label for your guests to leave you a 'tip' for a happy marriage and call it a "Tip Jar".

Travel lovers, this one is for you! Grab a vintage globe and some sharpies – have guests write their names over either their hometowns or perhaps favorite vacation spots?

Beach Rocks are perfect for a beach or river wedding guest book. Put them in a big glas bowl on the coffee table or in your garden after the wedding! 

For more natural wedding inspiration visit our Natural Wedding Pinterest page 

Monday, August 18, 2014

Top 5 natural wedding favours for guests

Plants always make a great gift and they make an even better wedding favour. Give your guests a special gift to plant as a remember of your love and your natural wedding.

Make your own pots with these "paper pot makers" out of newspaper for herb cuttings.

Sprout herbs in vintage style bottles filled with water.

Add your own touch from your herb garden by giving your guests some dried herbs in these cute glass storage jars with "home grown herbs" written on the front.

These cute cards are an easy way to say thank you. Sow & Sow gift cards with gorgeous hand drawn illustrations featured on the cards, tags and packaging.

These native Australian plant inspired boxed soaps made from natural olive with lemon scented eucalyptus essential oil captures the essence of the Australian bush. Palm oil free.

If you are looking for gifts that keep on giving long after your special day, these are sure to make an impression. Find them all at Biome Eco Stores

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Including your grandparents in your wedding ceremony

                                                                                                                                                                    Grandparents can be often be overlooked at weddings. If you are still lucky enough to have your grandparents, consider giving them a special role in your big day.

Your Grandmother might be one of the most important women in your life so honor her by asking her to precede you (the bride) down the aisle by laying a carpet of flowers at your feet like a flower girl would do.

It's also important to include the groom's grandparents as a special part of the ceremony. If they play an instrument or sing, you might ask them to perform a portion of the ceremony music, or if music is not their thing ask them to do a reading.   

Including traditional clothing is also a nice way to honor those special ones in your life.                  

If your grandparents or other loved ones are no longer present, you can include photos to remember them.

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