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8
Apr
by Corina

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As couples marry later in life, they just don’t need all that extra “stuff” traditionally found on wedding registries. So what do you register for? Your Honeymoon of course!

Honeymoon funding has become a movement among couples who prefer the thrill of adventure over the accumulation of more stuff, or who might be having a hard time filling a registry with anything they care much about.

Honeyfund is one resource we recommend to clients.

But some couples really take the crowdsourcing opportunity of their wedding and run with it. In 2014 Mallory Foster and Zach Wendel, raised $28,000 in donations through their wedding to help build a school in Africa. They did travel to the Malawi village to help build as part of their Honeymoon, but used the money to fund an existing NGO to build the school, fill it with teachers, and support the community long-term with education.

You can see the couple’s BuildOn fundraising page here.

“When you take a big trip with someone you love, it makes it all that much more memorable,” Foster said. “Our view for our wedding and our life is that life is a big adventure for us, and it’s been fun with each other.”

Relationship experts say that experiences like this bring couples closer together. Volunteer Honeymoon’s (aka “Honeyteer”) offer a way to give back to our precious world and to each other. This kind of heart centered reciprocity will certainly nurture your marital bond, and give you tons of good Karma as you start your life as spouses for life. We salute you!

You’d be surprised how many countries a given cause can exist. Try these great resources to get you on your way: CharityGuide.org; i-to-i.com; American Hiking Society; WWOOF.

7
Apr
by Corina

I love to follow trends.. what woman doesn’t?! But more than that I love to follow eco-fabulous fashion and wedding trends. Of course, no eco-wedding trend should have a shelf life, expiring at the end of the year…after all they are all great, green practices for any green event!

photo by Catie Ronquillo

The Recycled Bride, which also has a fabulous real weddings section of their blog, publishes their take each year on the years great eco-wedding trends.

This year’s report says that the eco-savvy brides and grooms are…

1. still into chalkboards, be it for menu’s, seating charts, or programs they cut down on unnecessary paper waste, and just plane look cool

2. staying away from diamonds by either opting for colored gems or (my favorite) buying man-made stones, which are naturally conflict free

3. staying home for their honeymoons, seeking out romantic hometown adventures (hmmmm? if you lived in San Francisco maybe…)

4. sourcing local food, inspired by Chelsea Clinton’s wedding (of course)

5. opting for a smaller guest list, making for more intimate weddings (and more affordable)

6. recycling, by reusing gowns, party decor, and wedding accessories (though technically, this is called “reuse”)

7. shortening wedding dresses, so they can wear them again (very practical!)

8. registering green to support the sustainable economy (yayyy!)

9. love vintage bird cage veils, opting out of long veiled accessories

10. And last… featuring a more vegetable based dinner, reducing the meat at each plate! (victory for the vegetarians)

The trends are posted at Project Wedding now.. and the photo’s are just adorable, courtesy of Catie Ronquillo (I love the photo shoot!).

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