Monday, June 1, 2009

Tips for a Green Wedding

A new trend you might like to try is to have a green wedding. If you'd like to try "going green" on your special day, here are a few ways that you can do so. Enjoy :)

1. Consider the location- try to minimize travel-related emissions by having a wedding in a location where guests do not have to travel too far. 

2. Go local with products and services- incorporate "going local" into your menu, decorations, and flowers. This not only helps to reduce emissions, but it also contributes to your local economy.

3. Reuse, reduce, & recycle- consider this principle when it comes to your wedding dress.

4. Monitor your spending- be creative with what is most important to you when it comes to your wedding. Maybe keep the guest list small or decide not to use party favors.

5. Be practical- with regards to registry, instead of registering for more things, have guests donate to your honeymoon or to a down payment on a house.

Wedding Cakes Around the World

I thought it would be fun to share some different cake traditions that are used throughout the world.  An interesting idea is to have a traditional cake that matches your wedding decor, and then order a grooms cake that reflects your family's heritage. Here are a few examples:

  • Great Britain, Ireland, & Scotland: Fruitcakes are the most popular in these countries. They are typically made with dates, prunes, raisins, and orange peel, and even laced with bourbon, brandy, or whiskey. Popular frostings are marzipan, brandy butter, or fondant.
  • Caribbean Islands: Fruitcakes are a tradition here as well, however the cake is usually filled with sherry, wine, or rum.
  • France: A croquembouche, which is a tall tower of cream-filled pastries coated in caramel and formed into a pyramid shape, is a traditional wedding cake for the French.
  • Italy: In many areas, the most popular wedding cake is made from layers of filo pastry, chocolate, vanilla creams, and topped with strawberries.