Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Happy Earth Day!

Happy Earth Day! I hope everyone gave Mother Earth a little TLC today 
and had time to enjoy the sunshine! 

In other news, I must apologize for being an infrequent blogger as of late. I am currently completing a graduate level course in virology (the study of viruses) and honestly, it's just really flipping hard. The majority of my free time has been dedicated to studying and not doing the fun stuff like blogging about new wedding trends or fantastic new businesses in the Hudson Valley. 


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I promise I'll be back soon. In the mean time, please check out the HVG Facebook page for great little tidbits of information. Thanks for being so patient and understanding! 

Happy Planning, 
Lizzie

Friday, March 21, 2014

Graphic Nature

I had the pleasure of running into Amy and Stephanie, the two lovely ladies behind Graphic Nature, at the Adams Fairacre Farms Bridal Show last weekend and had the opportunity to peruse some of their latest creations.

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Five years ago, Amy and Stephanie created my very own custom wedding invitations. Amy and Stephanie had just started their graphic design business in Fishkill in southern Dutchess County as a leap of faith. Since that time, they have worked countless hours to create business logos, websites, announcements, and invitations of every kind. They have a certain flair for the creative and unique as evidenced in the wide variety of designs they produce. And because a picture is worth a thousand words, check out just a smattering of Graphic Nature's designs below!

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Because each design is custom, I was able to request invitations made with recycled paper. To limit the amount of paper used for the invitations, Amy and Stephanie created RSVP postcards which eliminated the need for envelopes (and saved on postage!) and included the reception information in the main invitation card. And all revisions were made via email so no gas was used making trips to and from the Graphic Nature store!

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Amy and Stephanie were an absolute pleasure to work with. They made the entire process so easy and enjoyable. I highly recommend! For more information, visit Graphic Nature or stop by Amy and Stephanie's design studio in Fishkill! 

1076 Main Street
Fishkill, NY 12524
phone: (845) 765-2727
email: design@graphicnature.biz

Happy Planning, 
Lizzie

Sunday, March 16, 2014

The Broke-Ass Bride's Wedding Guide

In late 2013, Potter Style/Publishers sent me a copy of Dana LaRue's The Broke-Ass Bride's Wedding Guide to review. Dana is the creator of the very popular blog, The Broke-Ass Bride, which focuses on budget-friendly wedding planning. I've never had the pleasure of meeting Dana but I imagine she's pretty awesome. 

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Right off the bat, I knew that I would like The Broke-Ass Bride's Wedding Guide because Dana had dedicated an entire chapter to "being green". But I'll get to that in a minute...

Overall, the book is an easy read. Dana is smart and funny which quickly becomes evident in her writing. And because it's meant to be a guide and not a novel, you can quickly scan the appropriate chapter for advice on say, invitations, and find an array of great ideas and recommendations.

The guide also provides interesting insight to what Dana calls the "Wedding Industrial Complex", the professional wedding planners, gown designers, venues, florists, etc. who are all about spending more money on your wedding. But as Dana points out, just because you've spent more money doesn't necessarily mean that you and your guests will have a better time at your event. Amen to that, sister.

Now back to the "Be Green, Save Green" chapter....

Basically, Dana sums up weddings in the first sentence of the chapter: Weddings have a big-ass impact on the environment. According to the guide, a wedding can generate 14.5 tons of carbon waste (in one day!)...that's about as much as you generate in an entire year. The biggest contributors to a wedding's carbon footprint is travel, waste (approximately 400 to 600 lbs of garbage!), fresh flowers, paper goods, and food. Dana offers some great tips to minimize your carbon footprint in one quick chapter.

The Broke-Ass Bride's Wedding Guide retails for $16.00 but I found it on Amazon.com for less than $9.00. An e-book version is also available for $7.99. I would absolutely recommend this book for newly engaged couples looking to not spend their entire life savings on a big party.

Many thanks to Dana for writing such a great guide and to Potter Style for sending me a copy!

Happy Planning, 
Lizzie

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