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“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.

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)!

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

www.recycleyourwedding.com

www.recycleyournursery.com

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!

Happy Holidays from Recycle Your Wedding!

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Dear Friends,

As we sit down with friends and family this holiday season, each of us will be reminded of a loved one who has struggled at some point this year.  As the world’s economy continues to try to regain stability, the repercussions of the turmoil have been far-reaching.  We all know someone who has either lost their job or is struggling with money.  And in the midst of it all, many of our members are struggling to plan a wedding on a limited budget.  We understand the importance of making every penny count, especially when you’re a young couple looking to start your lives together.

However, we know that saving money on your wedding is just the beginning.  We want to help our members make the most out of every dollar they spend, even after their wedding is over.  After all, your wedding is only the first step on a journey of love that will last a lifetime.  For those of you who have children or who are planning on having children, we want to help you as well.  As you know, it has become increasingly more difficult to afford the necessities you will need to raise and provide for them.  That is why we’ve launched Recycle Your NurseryRecycle Your Nursery (www.recycleyournursery.com is an online community where parents can buy and sell baby and toddler items to each other at incredibly low prices.  We encourage our member to price their items to sell quickly, which means incredible deals for those of you who are looking to buy diapers, baby clothes, strollers, formula, etc. 

 

Both sites offer the following:

 

  • Free Postings – There is no listing fee for a basic post which includes one free photo.

 

  • $0.99 Upgrades – Use a BOLD print to make your listing stand out, or a colored highlight to grab the attention of buyers.

 

  • Free Auto-Relisting – If your item doesn’t sell the first time you post it, your post will auto-relist with the exact same information you provided initially.  That way, you won’t miss out on the opportunity to sell your items.

 

From our family to yours, we want to wish you all a very happy holiday season.  We are very thankful to have all of you as a member of our community, and we wish you all the best.

 

Sincerely,

 

Your friends at Recycle Your Wedding

Recycle Your Wedding…Gown

We recently updated the category list at RecycleYourWedding.com to include an expanded category for wedding gowns.  Now you will find Wedding Dresses featured at the top of the category list, and you can select the appropriate size, color, and style when searching for dresses.

In updating the Wedding Dress category, I took some time checking out the wide assortment of gowns available.  Every size, color, and style is well represented, with many gowns listed for $100 or less!  Check out a few of my favorites here:

Galina White Strapless Tea Length #T8627

Strapless Mori Lee Wedding Dress

Beaded Halter Wedding Gown

Speaking of wedding gowns, I have received some great feedback from brides-to-be who have purchased wedding gowns at RecycleYourWedding.com.  Here are a few comments:

“I found your site from a friend and I fell in love with the dress as soon as I saw it and knew that that was the dress for me.  I did complete my transaction sucessfully and I absolutely love the dress. I have not used it yet as my wedding isn’t until net year. I will definately be using your site again.”   – Michelle

“I read an entry on Craig’s list in which someone referenced your site.  I felt like I’d hit the jackpot!  I tell other brides who are looking to buy or sell wedding merchandise to go to your site.  It’s a treasure trove and such a unique idea.  Thanks for offering it.  The dress was exactly as pictured and was new as advertised.”  – Chantice (who actually just got married on 8/8/08- congratulations!)

We appreciate all of the positive comments!  Keep them coming, and thanks for all of your support!

Jeff Williams

http://www.recycleyourwedding.com