Something old, something new, something borrowed, something green?

So Donald Trump might not think the future of the planet is worth bothering about. But, as with a few other of the President’s opinions, we don’t necessarily agree. So if you want to keep your wedding green and do your bit for Mother Nature, here are some top ideas.

Something old, something new, something borrowed, something green?

Source locally

Some of your guests might have to travel to your wedding but there’s no reason your food and drink has to come from far away. Source locally and reduce your food miles, plus you’ll be sure you’re getting fresher and better quality produce. Here in Portugal, sourcing local food is an absolute must, from freshly caught fish to freshly pressed olive oil.

Something old, something new, something borrowed, something green?

Recycle

Wedding invites, decorations, place settings – there’s a fair amount of paper and card being used in any wedding. So make sure you’re using recycled products. Then, when the big day is over, recycle it all over again. The same goes for glass too.

Something old, something new, something borrowed, something green?

Reduce the damage

Try to limit the amount of non-recyclable materials used. Keep plastics to a minimum and ask your guests that they don’t buy gifts with harmful chemicals. In fact, environmentally responsible gifts is a great way to go in general.

Something old, something new, something borrowed, something green?

Off set the rest

It’s likely that your event is going to have some kind of impact so think about giving back in a positive way. Find an off setter like Terrapass or Native Energy and make a contribution that covers your wedding. If you can leave the planet no worse off after your big day that’s a great wedding present.

What to look for in wedding invites

We live in the digital age. It’s all emails, texts and WhatsApp these days. So it makes it even more special when you get actual physical correspondence. And because they don’t get much more important that wedding invites, you need to make sure yours are even more eye catching.

You’ve chosen the venue, bought the dress, finalised the guest list. All that’s left is to send out the invites. Here’s what to look out for when shopping for your wedding invitations.

Belly band

Like the icing on the cake, the belly band fits around the invitation holding it all together. Made from fabric or ribbon, this is your chance to add a bit of flair.

What to look for in wedding invites

Deboss or emboss

Debossing is when images or text are pressed onto the paper creating an indentation. Embossing is when the paper is raised using similar techniques. It’s an elegant stylistic touch ideal for subtle monograms or decorations.

What to look for in wedding invites

Engraving

Text is etched onto a metal plate, which is then covered in ink and used as a printing press. Prince William and Kate Middleton used this method for their invitations so expect it to be a little pricey.

What to look for in wedding invites

Foil stamping

A metal plate is used to print various coloured foils onto the paper. It’s a great way of making your invitations stand out.

What to look for in wedding invites

Laser cutting

This precise cutting method can cut incredibly intricate lace patterns into paper. It’s bang on trend right now and adds depth to your invitations.

What to look for in wedding invites

Letterpress

A similar method to engraving but at a much more affordable price. Gives your invitations a real vintage look.

What to look for in wedding invites

Offset

A form of flat printing that works best with delicate materials. If you’re using thin paper or other fabrics, this is the way to go.

What to look for in wedding invites

Screen printing

Create a hand painted look with ink pushed through a stencil woven mesh.

What to look for in wedding invites

Stock

Think quality paper for your invites. The thicker and heavier it is, the better. Stock is the term that refers to the weight of 500 sheets.

What to look for in wedding invites

Thermography

A short cut for creating beautifully printed hand lettering. It looks just like engraving but costs an awful lot less.

What to look for in wedding invites

Paper wedding – not just an anniversary anymore

Paper generally doesn’t featured heavily in wedding celebrations. Paper napkins, table clothes and even invitations are usually a big no-no in the wedding world. It just doesn’t scream class and quality – you might as well eat off paper plates. In fact, the only time paper should really feature is as the name of your first anniversary.

The Wedding Portugal - Paper wedding

However, since the Chanel 2011 all white spring show, things have changed and paper has increasingly become a big part of weddings. And we just love it here at The Wedding Portugal.

The Wedding Portugal - Paper wedding

Karl Lagerfeld decorated that whole show with white paper flowers that looked simply stunning and since then we’ve noticed a big increase in this versatile material. You still won’t find any table clothes or napkins, but as part of the venue décor it makes perfect sense.

The Wedding Portugal - Paper wedding

Paper flowers are less expensive than the real deal but still look stunning. And because they’re paper, they won’t wilt or dry out in the heat. Hang them from ceilings, cover the walls, dress the tables – there is no end of ways to use this flexible and colourful material to dress a venue.

The Wedding Portugal - Paper wedding

Here in Portugal, paper is one of the country’s biggest exports, which means top quality paper is affordable and in great supply. There’s even a whole town, called Tomar, that decorates itself in paper flowers every four years, so we know a thing or two about it.

The Wedding Portugal - Paper wedding

The Wedding Portugal - Paper wedding

So, why not consider paper flowers as an option for your Portuguese dream wedding?

The Wedding Portugal - Paper wedding