I couldn't be more excited to announce that my best friend in the whole world is getting married! When I got the phone call to be maid of honour, I was hysterical, and instantly starting thinking about planning and preparing for the big day!
Weddings are tough! And of course, it's not my own wedding that I have final say for, however I still want to help encourage her to be as simple and waste-free as possible.
Of course when it comes to gift-giving, we can get carried away with excitement, but I really had to think about what I could do as an engagement gift. Being as waste-free as possible, I resorted to lots of materials that I had, but I did cheat a little by getting her a magazine that will hopefully inspire her for the big day:) I made sure to choose one that showed so many simple DIY decorations, with so many ideas to repurpose older items.
There's a sweet little baby plant that stemmed from a tropical I have at home. I put him in a ceramic pot (that I found in a parking lot!) and decorated with burlap and ribbons from previous gifts. Great tip? Keep old jewelry to use for decorations! I had a sea shell flower (seen below) that I got from a necklace from a trip to Cuba with the bride-to-be years ago! It was a great finishing touch on the planter.
Along with a handmade card (made from scraps of lace and ribbon from older wrapping) I found a great idea from Marianela at Live Vividly for a Mint To Be sugar scrub. How cute is that name! You can find her recipe here.
It was so simple. I made a couple modifications using ingredients I had from home, and some fresh mint from my garden, along with an old jam jar that again was decorated with burlap and pieces from a pair of earrings I never wore.
Now I hardly use measurements for recipes like this, it's really important to get the consistency you would like from a scrub, as well as a refreshing but not overpowering scent from the mint.
-Fresh mint leaves (optional)
Totally edible, extremely refreshing, and it definitely does the trick to leave your skin smooth and rejuvenated!
I have a huge challenge ahead of me with this wedding, and I'm hoping to keep you posted along the way. From gift giving to decorating, you'll get the maid-of-honours guide to being waste-free!