Spring cleaning season has officially arrived and with help from GLAD we were able to kickstart our organizing with a Tradesy Closet Overhaul Party! The best thing about the party was that all of the waste fit into one one GLAD trash bag*! It was eco chic all around! We also had a chance for one of our readers to win a Spring Cleaning Kit! Congrats to Melissa in Long Beach, CA on your win!
If you’re feeling inspired by our party and want to make your own One Bag event, GLAD’s got you covered. “Like” and visit GLAD’s Facebook page to vote on items for their One Bag party to enter to win several prizes, including $10,000 toward your own event!
*I am a GLAD One Bag Ambassador and some supplies for this party, including GLAD products were provided to me by GLAD. My One Bag party experience is my own.
Planning a wedding is an exciting time, but it can also turn stressful fast for even the most calm and collected person. Between the time of the proposal and when you say “I do”, there are a million things that need to be planned out. SimpleRegistry takes one of the tasks on your agenda, the wedding registry, off your hands in a cool and innovative way. Rather than restricting your registration to your local Macy’s, this cool site allows you more flexibility in customizing your registry to fit your personality.
By using SimpleRegistry, you can register any item from any store or service that you want, including non-traditional stuff like flying lessons or concert tickets. The site also takes the issue of cost off your mind- you can list expensive items and have guests contribute small amounts toward the total price. The whole process is simple and fun and includes an app to load pictures or barcodes of desired items, a professionally-curated Instant Registry, and a SimpleAdder tool to quickly add items from any site.
On top of all this, because SimpleRegistry redeems your gifts by transferring your money or sending you checks, they’ve got your back for gifts that you changed your mind about or are just not that into. They also generate a guest list to help you out with the daunting task of writing Thank You notes.
Sara and Rush used SimpleRegistry to help fuel their adventurous lifestyles. They registered for things like multi-day hiking packs and a water purifier that they then carried along with them on a trip through four different European countries. They also registered for photography and pottery pieces from their favorite stores, a personalized option that a traditional registry wouldn’t have allowed for. Visit the Real Members section to read more from other couples who have used SimpleRegistry for their wedding needs.
SimpleRegistry has also just introduced an exciting giveaway in which one lucky couple will receive a $5,000 credit toward their SimpleRegistry if they register between January 1, 2013 and April 30, 2013. Check out the images below for some gift registry inspiration and visit SimpleRegistry’s website to start your registration process!
When Mona and Bassim tied the knot at the Art Gallery of Alberta in Canada, they wanted to represent their cultural backgrounds in their special day. They held a traditional Persian ceremony and their reception was marked by several Egyptian wedding customs. Following an ancient Persian ritual, they were wed in front of a spread of symbolic items, such as family heirlooms, honey, and apples. Mona’s friends then showered them with sugar flakes from a silk lace fabric held above their heads. For the reception, they switched to the Egyptian side of things, starting off with a traditional Zaffa entrance that included bagpipes, drums, belly dancers, and men carrying swords. Talk about an exciting entrance! Check out the photos below to see more of Mona and Bassim’s beautiful wedding!
Mona, whose company Birds & Honey event planning was behind the entire wedding concept and design, also worked to include many DIY elements in the wedding. She used vintage mason jars and vases for their gorgeous rose and carnation flower displays. Her company also designed the simple yet special ceremony programs. Mona’s aunt in Iran even hand-made an elegant veil for her to wear!
Although the day turned out wonderfully, Mona acknowledged that the entire process got stressful at times. Her words of advice for future brides to be? Being ok with everything not turning out perfectly AND making sure to have at least one date night a week without any wedding talk!
We wanted to share this sweepstakes that our sister site, Tradesy, is running and give you the opportunity to win the Bag of your Dreams! They’re giving away an “It” bag of your choice with our friends at beso.com! And because Tradesy is all about sharing, if you invite a friend and either of you win, you BOTH WIN a bag! Why? Because we love you Enter HERE!
Three of the wedding industry’s most creative pros make a backyard floral fantasyland
When floral designer Kate Holt of Flowerwild, wedding planner Rebecca Stone of Duet Weddings, and uber-talented photographer Jessica Claire collaborated on this fantasy bridal shoot in Hollywood, CA, their talents for unique styling and creative design really sparkled! The trio got together with the idea of creating an inspirational backyard setting for an intimate wedding with grace, subtle details, and unexpected romantic touches.
The model/bride’s vintage wedding dress was discovered by Kate at Unique Vintage, and set its handmade flower appliques, french lace, and beautiful detailing set the tone for the day.
This breathtakingly unique bridal bouquet is made of huckleberry, french anemones, and sword fern, and clasped with a fern frond brooch. It’s not symmetrical or traditional, yet it looks completely fresh and classic.
The table was dressed with depression-era glass containers in dusty rose and amber colors. There was scattered pomegranates and sugar-dusted fruit scattered within and in-between the arrangements, giving the table a decadent and romantic feeling.
Each place setting featured vintage napkins and a tiny paper heart topped with a pair of sugar-dusted cherries
The luscious desserts were created by Joy the Baker.
Note: This shoot was first featured on Green Wedding Shoes, and the full catalog of images can be viewed on Jessica Claire’s blog >>
We found this article about Kjerstin Gruys committing to avoiding mirrors the year before her wedding. She has an entire blog documenting this experience and she said that she did this as a sociology experiment that she was working on as well as for her own personal issues with self image. You can read the entire story HERE.
We love this dress on her and love how moving her story was. Do you have any stories about leading up to your wedding? We love hearing from you! Email us at samantha (at) recycledmediainc (dot) com. XOXO
Reader Question – Can I Forgive , Trust and Try Again With the Man Who Left Me At the Alter
Hi. Three years ago I met the “love of my life”. We moved in together after 3 months, got engaged within 6 and set a wedding date for a year (to the date) after we met. I was in heaven! Then on the day of our wedding he never showed up. I was panicked and thought something must have happened to him. His family was terrified too as they were all at the church too – waiting. No one heard from him for one week – we even reported him missing. Then after one week he called me (after he let his parents know he was okay and where he was) and said he just couldn’t go through with it, was sorry and after tearful and angry hours of phone conversation I told him to never contact me again. Fast forward two years later I get a call to please meet and hear him out. To summarize (I did agree to meet him – I know, I know!) but he said when we met he was too young (just out of college) to really know how to deal with that kind of love and feelings. Things just went so fast he was scared, lost and didn’t know himself. After getting some experience he knows he is ready to try, starting off a bit slower but moving towards a goal of really marrying this time. All the feelings came back when I saw him again. Am I nuts to give him another chance? I dated a lot since being left and no one came close to him.
Hopeful?, Little Rock, AK
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