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• For your dress, use one or a com-
bination of: remnant lace and fabrics,
organic cotton, linen, hemp and silk
blends or vegetable-dyed fabric.
• Go to the "Bridal Classifieds" page
on www.trinidadweddings.com (under
the "Shop" menu tab) to see if anyone
is selling a used or new wedding gown
or selling centrepieces they no longer
• Upcycle bridesmaid dresses that
won t be worn again into decorative
throw pillows or window treatments.
You can also donate the dresses to
someone who will use them.
Invitations & Stationery
• Have your invitations printed on
"seeded paper"---paper with seeds
embedded in it. Invitations can then
be potted afterwards and they will
sprout into plants.
• Use post-consumer recycled paper
• If you have open seating for the
reception, this can reduce your paper
needs, with doing away of place cards.
Also, you can do one tented programme
(printed on both sides) per table, to
reduce the need for every guest having
a paper programme; or project your
programme at the reception, on an LED
• Create custom invitations or "thank
you" cards by hand or try utilizing
hand-painting or stamping on your
invitations, to save on printing costs
• If you want to go entirely paperless,
invite guests via e-cards or telephone
Décor & Favours
• Try having a brooch bouquet or a
bouquet made out of cloth flowers
• Use organic décor materials like:
bamboo, coconut shells, hemp, pressed
flowers/leaves, burlap, jute or raffia.
• Make use of organic or fair trade
items for your favours.
• Create a local favour instead of one
that s already pre-packaged and full of
unnecessary plastic packaging. Wrap
your paper in biodegradable bags or in
• For centrepieces, choose containers
you can use again in your new home.
• Choose a florist who uses local-
ly-grown flowers or one who can incor-
porate potted plants at your reception.
• Reduce carbon emissions by asking
guests to carpool to the wedding, if
• Have an outdoor wedding to save
on day-time electricity costs. The
options are endless: a park, at the beach,
a private garden, courtyard, ranch or
• Use cloth napkins as much as pos-
sible, versus paper napkins
• Plan your ceremony and wedding
reception in the same place, to save
energy costs and emissions from trans-
• If you already own household
items, perhaps you can ask guests to
contribute to a wildlife conservatory,
animal shelter, a recycling initiative or
a charitable cause, in lieu of
favours/wedding gifts. You can also ask
the store that is hosting your bridal
registry, not to gift wrap your wedding
gifts, in order to reduce paper waste.
• Donate leftover food to a shelter
or soup kitchen or have boxes available
for guests to take some of the eats home
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South and Central, it's your turn for fun as the magic comes to the
Southern Academy of the Performing Arts!!! Crazy Catholic and
D C Shell Theatre will take you, your family and friends into Fairy Land!!
From the producers of Rapunzel, Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty,
Snow White, Rumpelstilskin, Red Riding Hood, Bollywood and Phantom of the NAPA
comes a brand new play based on the story by the Brothers Grimm.
Another memorable show for the entire family,
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You are invited to fairyland - Magic,
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FRIDAY 2nd MAY - 8.30 p.m.
SATURDAY 3rd MAY - 7.30 p.m.
SUNDAY 4th MAY - 5.30 pm
FRIDAY 2nd MAY - 10.00 a.m.
SPECIAL SCHOOL SHOW: All schools invited
BUY 1 TICKET: Get 1 ticket free ($150)
Produced by D C Shell Theatre
Pioneers in Family
Fairy Tales, Bollywood
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April 22 was Earth Day and what a much-
needed reminder of some easy-to-imple-
ment, eco-friendly, wedding ideas!
Celebrities like Anne Hathaway and Natalie
Portman have both recently had vegan and
eco-chic weddings. However, how many Trini
brides seriously consider having a stylish yet
eco-friendly wedding? Perhaps not many---
and that s unfortunate, moreso because there
are so many simple and sustainable ideas out
It s also unfortunate because weddings, by
and large, generate substantial amounts of
waste, with food, paper goods, packaging,
ribbons, favours, wrapping paper, decorations
and stationery that are tossed in the trash
after the reception or soon after.
Here are some tips that can help you have
an environmentally-friendly wedding:
• Many makeup brands like Tarte, ELF,
Urban Decay and Obsessive Compulsive Cos-
metics (OCC) are now featuring "vegan" lines.
Vegan makeup is made without animal deriv-
atives and is not tested on animals. Brides
can even select organic or mineral products
Vegan and eco-wedding ideas
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