The Eco-Friendly Bachelorette Party

These days the bachelorette party often turns into a weekend of celebrations,  and for this reason it’s worth taking a look at a few environmentally-friendly options to see if your festivities can be organized without leaving a mark on the planet.

glampingThe first thing to consider is where the celebrations will be held.  Consider something fairly close to home so that you do not have to include air travel.  Why not try luxury camping?  This does not mean spending a weekend huddled under damp canvas – many luxury sites offer ‘glamping’ pods or yurts that are furnished with four poster beds, luxury bathrooms and wood-burning stoves.  A quick look on the internet will show that you are never far away from a site that offers the luxury option.

If the celebrations are to be for one evening only then look for a hotel or restaurant that has strong green credentials.  Many have a sustainability policy and use renewable energy sources and local suppliers.   Alternatively, enlist the help of a party-goer with a large house and you can all head there, armed with organic food and drink and plenty of good music!

While a good bachelorette party involves plenty of delicious things to eat and drink, it is also becoming more traditional to have organized activities.  Why not consider craft workshops during the day before you party in the evening?  There are organizations that will come out to your home if you prefer but there are always plenty of places not too far away where you can learn popular crafts such as card-making.  You could also make this wedding themed – you could arrange a craft afternoon where guests can make their own fascinators for the wedding or even come up with a few decorations for the wedding reception.

When it comes to the food and drink for your bachelorette party you need to be aware that drinks such as wine can have a large carbon footprint.  There are also many chemicals involved in the creation of the final product.  However, if you opt for organic wines that do not use the same amount of chemicals then you can reduce this dramatically.  You should also consider locally produced wines if you can, but as not all regions are known for wine production then try to source as near to home as possible!  The good news is that there are plenty of organic restaurants around and it should not take too much effort to find one close to you so eco-friendly food should not be a problem.

Finally, make sure you consider transport.  Public transport is usually the most eco-friendly option but it is not always practical so where possible share cars or cabs.  Take a bit of time in advance to consider this aspect of the night out.  Find out how many people are going and think about the logistics of moving everyone from one place to another.

With a little bit of planning you should end up with a bachelorette party that is lively, fun and causes far less damage to the planet than you might think.

How to Choose a Vintage Wedding Dress

The word ‘vintage’ has a very romantic connection to it and no more so than when linked to weddings. If you would prefer to shop vintage when it comes to your wedding dress then there are a few things that you need to keep in mind when making your choice.

Damage?

Most stores or online stores that sell vintage gowns will not be selling damaged gowns, but you do need to check them over just in case there is something that they have missed.  This is especially true if you are buying privately and in most cases you should make sure that you can inspect the dress in person before paying for it.  Look for signs of general wear and tear, discoloration and stains.  Areas to pay close attention to include the hems and underarms.

Get the right size

You really do need to keep in mind that dress sizes have changed a lot over the years so simply choosing a dress in the size that you are now will not do as the same size even 20 years ago was measured differently.  Vintage sizes tend to be smaller.  You need to try a dress on before buying it. It is also worth remembering that many vintage wedding dresses were made specifically for the person who wore it.  Keep a note of your own measurements so that they can be compared to the dress.

Pick your era

Every decade produced wedding dresses in very different styles.  Do a little research before you buy and work out which era you think will suit you best.  In the 1920s, for example, dresses tended to have narrow shoulders and be designed in a sheath form.  They flow naturally and are ideal for those who are slim and petite.  Alternatively, the 1930s dresses are designed to fit the form better and are flattering on curves.  Those who are tall and slim are ideal for a wedding dress from this era.

If you are considering a 1940s dress then you might find something with a sweetheart neckline and puffed shoulders.  The peplum was also a popular design choice at this time.  The shoulders help the waist to look slimmer and there is also a choice of skirt length on this era of dress.  1950s dresses tend to have a fitted bodice and full skirt.  Full length skirts and tea-length are both popular and these are ideal for those who have an hourglass figure.

1960s dresses are currently very popular with empire-line waists, but there is also the short mini-dress version that was popular towards the end of the decade.  These are fine if you have good legs but if you prefer to hide them then opt for the longer versions.

Research is essential for the perfect wedding day outfit but it does mean that you can have something   that is not only unique but stylish and environmentally-friendly too!