“Green” Weddings- Easier On The Mind And Wallet

While the average cost of a wedding in the United States has skyrocketed to nearly  $30,000, the financial stability of most newlyweds has destabilized, particularly during the past few years as the economy has struggled.  As an alternative, many couples are choosing to take a financially and environmentally responsible approach to planning their weddings.  Price, it seems, does not always dictate the quality or elegance of the wedding day.  In fact, more weddings are being planned with a smaller ecological footprint in mind. 

Recycled paper products are an easy first step towards creating an environmentally friendly event.  A wide assortment of invitations, programs, and decorations made out of 100% recycled materials can be found for the same price as many non-recycled alternatives.  But recycled materials are common these days.  According to RecycleYourWedding.com CEO Rob Bailey, more and more newlyweds are finding it easy and lucrative to recycle other items from their weddings themselves, including the gowns, centerpieces, and other wedding items.  “Every bride wants a fairytale wedding,” said Bailey, “but not every bride can afford to spend $30,000 on their wedding.  That’s why it’s so important to provide economical alternatives to expensive bridal and retail stores.  The bridal community is a tight one, and new brides understand the struggles that future brides face.  When they can share their ideas, suggestions, and even products, it gives everyone a chance to enjoy the possibility of a fantasy wedding come true.” 

It is important to note that items do not have to be made from recycled materials to be “recycled”.  Typically, once the wedding is over, many of the decorations, linens, centerpieces, etc. are often stored in the garage or a spare closet.  Those items are typically still in excellent condition and can be re-used in other weddings, which increases the usefulness of these items.  It also saves many couples and landfills valuable space.  Remember how much the average wedding costs?  Recycling your wedding helps defray some of your wedding costs while also saving another couple money on their own wedding.   

RecycleYourWedding.com was founded in 2007 to create an online bridal community where new and soon-to-be brides could buy, sell, and trade wedding items at low prices.  The site offers a variety of wedding items and services for the wedding community. 

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If you would like more information about this topic, or to schedule an interview with Founders Rob Bailey or Jeff Williams, email Jeff Williams at jeffwilliams@recycleyourwedding.com.

Recycle Your Wedding on Killerstartups.com

Recycle Your Wedding has been featured on Killer Startups, a website that reviews internet start-up companies and allow readers to vote on their prediction for the future of each company.  Whether you are a member of RecycleYourWedding.com, a buyer and/or seller, or just a casual visitor, we hope you will took a second to vote! 

Recycle Your Wedding on Killerstartups.com

As a company devoted to helping you save money while saving the environment, it is important that we continue to build on our past successes.  Your support, and more importantly your help in spreading the word about RecycleYourWedding.com allows us to help more people save money on their wedding while encouraging more “green” events.  We would appreciate it if you told your friends about us today!

Thank you for all of your positive comments and support,

Jeff Williams

COO

RecycleYourWedding.com

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Finding great deals on new wedding gowns!

RecycleYourWedding.com has become well known for our wide selection of wedding gowns listed far below regular retial prices.  Did you know that a large percentage of those wedding gowns are new and unused?  One user in particular, LaDonna, has a large number of wedding gowns available that were leftover inventory from a bridal store in Georgia. 

“Well in all I (had) over 70 Dresses,” said LaDonna.  “What happened was a small bridal store got hit hard by the finance market and went under and the dresses are what’s left.  Most are brand new dresses still in bags from the makers and have never been tried on much less anything else.  I am just trying to sell what remains.  I am selling the dresses for about what I have in them and not making much-if-any profit, thats why they are so cheap!”

LaDonna hopes to help some lucky brides find the wedding dresses of their dreams for a great price!  I’ve included some of my favorites below, but be sure to check out all of her listings by clicking here

Looking for baby, maternity, and nursery items at a great price?  Be sure to check out RecycleYourNursery.com!

gown-1Mori Lee Wedding Dress size 18

 

 

 

 

 

gown-2Fairy Tale Princess Collection by PC Mary’s

 

 

 

 

gown-3Demetrious Wedding Gown Princess Line

 

 

 

 

 

gown-4Brand New Wedding Gown Mermaid Style

The Worst Best Man Ever

This video needs no explanation, and might be the funniest thing I’ve ever seen!  Of course, I’m happily married and won’t have to worry about this happening to me in the future…

If you have a funny wedding moment that you would like to share with all of us at RecycleYourWedding.com, feel free to email me at jeffwilliams@recycleyourwedding.com.  It might even be used in an upcoming promotion (with your permission of course)!

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Be sure to check out www.recycleyournursery.com for all of your baby, nursery, and maternity/parenting needs!

Cool Ideas For Your Wedding

In exploring the blogosphere (which somehow must fall into my job description), I learned about a cool Jewish wedding custom called Yichud.  This is the explanation from I Now Pronounce Your Bride And Blog-

Yichud: In marriage, Yichud is also part of the Ashkenazic Jewish wedding ceremony. The newly married couple publicly seclude themselves in a closed room for several minutes.

What a great way for the new bride and groom to get away from the crowd for a moment and catch their breath after the ceremony to reflect on what just happened.  Although I’m not Jewish, I wish I was aware of this custom when I got married a few years ago- I definitely would have worked it in to the day’s events.

There are so many cool wedding customs/traditions that a lot of us are not aware of.  If you have one of your own, please share it with the rest of us!

~Jeff

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New Facebook Groups

Recycle Your Wedding and Recycle Your Nursery now have their own Facebook groups.  Help spread the word by joining our groups on Facebook and sharing them with your friends!

We are excited about the opportunities that 2009 will bring.  As the economy suffers, people are looking for new ways to save money.  Together, by selling those leftover wedding items at RecycleYourWedding.com and those outgrown baby/nursery items at RecycleYourNursery.com we can help future brides and soon-to-be parents buy the items they need, even on a limited budget.

It’s good for the environment and for the community.  If you haven’t joined RecycleYourWedding.com and RecycleYourNursery.com, check them out today!

Recycle Your Wedding In The News

Check out this article about Recycle Your Wedding in the Huntington Beach News!  You can click here to see the full article with photos, or you can read the text from the article below.

Recycle Your Weddings

Can be easier on the mind and budget

While the average cost of a wedding in the United States has skyrocketed to nearly $30,000, the financial stability of most newlyweds has destabilized, particularly during the past few years as the economy has struggled. As an alternative, many couples are choosing to take a financially and environmentally responsible approach to planning their weddings. Price, it seems, does not always dictate the quality or elegance of the wedding day. In fact, more weddings are being planned with a smaller ecological footprint in mind.

Recycled paper products are an easy first step towards creating an environmentally friendly event. A wide assortment of invitations, programs, and decorations made out of 100% recycled materials can be found for the same price as many non-recycled alternatives. But recycled materials are common these days. According to RecycleYourWedding.com CEO Rob Bailey, more and more newlyweds are finding it easy and lucrative to recycle other items from their weddings themselves, including the gowns, centerpieces, and other wedding items. “Every bride wants a fairytale wedding,” said Bailey, “but not every bride can afford to spend $30,000 on their wedding. That’s why it’s so important to provide economical alternatives to expensive bridal and retail stores. The bridal community is a tight one, and new brides understand the struggles that future brides face. When they can share their ideas, suggestions, and even products, it gives everyone a chance to enjoy the possibility of a fantasy wedding come true.”

It is important to note that items do not have to be made from recycled materials to be “recycled”. Typically, once the wedding is over, many of the decorations, linens, centerpieces, etc. are often stored in the garage or a spare closet. Those items are typically still in excellent condition and can be re-used in other weddings, which increases the usefulness of these items. It also saves many couples and landfills valuable space. Remember how much the average wedding costs? Recycling your wedding helps defray some of your wedding costs while also saving another couple money on their own wedding.

Recycle Your Wedding was created by Jeff Williams and Rob Bailey, two friends who met about 10 years ago while working together in a San Diego insurance office. The pair clicked instantly. They both shared the dream of owning their own business and were always trying to come up with that one big idea. No matter how hard they tried, their future perfect business venture wasn’t materializing. Then one day, it dropped in their laps.

“It was after Rob’s wedding,” said Williams, who still lives in San Diego. “They had paid for a lot of it on their own and purchased things bit by bit. After the wedding there was so much stuff left over sitting in their garage.” The duo started talking about the extravagance of weddings, the expense and indulgence, and “wouldn’t it be nice if…” About six months later, that “if” became a reality and www.recycleyourwedding.com was born.

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And don’t forget to check out our new site, RecycleYourNursery.com!  Buy and sell baby and nursery items, maternity clothes and more!

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