A green napkin

We want to be as green as possible at our wedding but also create something beautiful and unique for our guests.

all the colours

As a self confessed fabric addict I wanted to make individualised napkins as an alternative to using paper napkins at the wedding.

I sorted through my fabric stash to find as many fat quarter sized pieces as possible then started matching them up in a crazy, colourful and personalised way!

ironed at least 20 times!!

They are all different in colours as well as sizes (whoops) I did a double top stitch and nearly tore all my hair out the amount I had to change the top thread and bobbin. Multiple colours seemed like a great idea before sewing!!

Folded perfection

I then trawled through the internet looking for the best way to fold them so that we could insert our wedding favours into the napkin making it a full favour gift if guests would like to take the napkins with them. If they do not I am going to make a huge quilt with them as a wedding memory.

I found this envelope fold and it works perfectly with the favours.

Completely green

We are really pleased with the finished result and it will add so much colour to our wedding table making this truly a hodgepodge wedding.

Recycled book pages and bird seed
Recycled book pages and wild flower seeds plus some cornflower seeds from the garden
Picnic basket full of colour! And the page boys napkin matches his shirt.

Do me a favour……….

The question of wedding favours! It’s a tricky one as you don’t want people to think they have to take some tat home and then throw it in the bin. That is not sustainable! Also wedding favours can cost a fortune, we wanted to make a favour that meant something to us and represented our day.

For the bees

So here are our handmade wedding favours. We used paper from a beautiful book about butterflies that I found in a second hand shop costing £1!

Very old copy of the complete book of butterflies

I made a template to create the envelopes and Steph created hand stamped labels thank goodness we only have 31 guests!

A basket of bees

We are filling our bee envelopes with wild flower seeds so our guests can plant some seeds for the bees whether they choose to do this in their gardens or seed bomb somewhere urban that needs some colour and more importantly some bees!

And because we can never stop!

We had to include the birds! Another important part of our wildlife are birds. Using the same template we used a very ancient readers digest gardening book again for £1!

The very ancient and well loved readers digest illustrated gardeners guide

I really love this book and we are using it for lots of different parts of the wedding and I must find a use for the cover
Beautiful old book pages finding a new lease of life

We will be filling the bird envelopes with a mixture of bird seed to encourage all different garden birds into our guests lives.

The wild flowers will be exactly what we hope to have on the table outside and we really hope our guests love our wedding favours as much as we have loved making them. The bonus is they can be reused as an envelope for gift cards at Christmas double upcycling=happy Sophie and Steph!

Wild garlic pesto

Wild garlic pesto

Firstly I wish these were our wedding favours! But too early in the year, great fun foraging for wild garlic and making this pesto!


We managed to forage some Sussex wild garlic and had a day mass producing some wild garlic pesto and just an experiment making some wild garlic hummus (had a glut of it!) The recipe was so easy and quick which was brilliant and we have frozen some of the pesto, so hopefully can make some of the wild garlic hummus for the wedding day picnic. This we will be serving in our second hand picnic baskets which we managed to get super cheap from a brilliant second hand shop locally called emmaus (do check it out if you are in the Brighton area. We will be putting the hummus in jars to avoid plastic! Picture to follow nearer the date!
 




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Quick wild garlic pesto 
125g wild garlic
100g cashew nuts
100g parmesan
Approx 5tsp Olive oil
Whizz it all up in a food processor and put into steralised jars
Try not to eat it all with a spoon and some cheesy oat cakes!
 




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A little bit hodgepodge goes green
a sustainable green wedding



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Can you do a sustainable wedding?

Hi All,
 First and foremost I am a nurse, I would like to say firstly I am a crafter and wedding planner but at the moment just a dream! I am planning our wedding in 6 months and trying to be green and sustainable along the way. Only 4 months to the big day and I thought (sadly too late) that this would be a good way to share our greeness!




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Sweet williams for the wild wedding jars! Madly we are trying to grow all our real flowers in our tiny garden currently overrun with pots all over the place! These tiny plugs of sweet williams came from Van Meuwen arrived yesterday and I potted them into these tiny pots last night. Also have been scavenging jars from everywhere for the vases these will be outside, everything upcycled!

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Firstly I wish these were our wedding favours! But too early in the year, great fun foraging for wild garlic and making this pesto!

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Wild garlic pesto and more
We managed to forage some Sussex wild garlic and had a day mass producing some wild garlic pesto and just an experiment making some wild garlic hummus (had a glut of it!) The recipe was so easy and quick which was brilliant and we have frozen some of the pesto, so hopefully can make some of the wild garlic hummus for the wedding day picnic. This we will be serving in our second hand picnic baskets which we managed to get super cheap from a brilliant second hand shop locally called emmaus (do check it out if you are in the Brighton area. We will be putting the hummus in jars to avoid plastic! Picture to follow nearer the date!