Year: 2015

Transporting your Guests the Green Way

Depending on where you host your wedding, your transportation needs will be different. A few important things to consider before deciding on how you’re handling this particular issue are as follows: How accessible is your venue? Is there a lot of available parking? You don’t want your guests scrambling to find somewhere to park to come see you and your partner on your wedding day! How many people are from out of town? If guests are from out of town, how are they going to travel to your Wedding? How many guests are attending? The more people attending equals more people driving cars and higher amounts of C02 emissions. Is there drinking? How will intoxicated guests get home safely? (Did you know that you’re potentially liable if one of your intoxicated guests gets in an accident leaving your event?) These are, of course, just a few considerations to take into account when deciding on how (or if) you’d like to transport guests to your big day. Ways to make transportation “Green Friendly” Have your ceremony venue and reception …

Back Home

It’s been a long few weeks! My husband and I drove across the country and moved back to our hometown. We’re both excited to be at home and looking forward to re-establishing our lives with our friends and family. We’re in a bit of a limbo stage as we’re not quite settled in any particular place at the moment but we’re working on finding a place of our own! I’m hoping to get back into a routine with my blog in the near future–stay tuned 🙂 “The Road goes ever on and on Down from the door where it began. Now far ahead the Road has gone, And I must follow, if I can, Pursuing it with eager feet, Until it joins some larger way Where many paths and errands meet. And whither then? I cannot say” ― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring As always, thank you for reading and supporting, The Eco-Bride Project

The Biggest Wedding Planning Stressor

I asked a sample of people (some who are already married and some who are in the process of planning their wedding day) what the BIGGESTS stressor was for them during the planning process. For today I’m just focusing on the graph itself however, in a future post, we’ll be going a little bit deeper with the data. I received 92 responses and have complied the data into a pie chart for you all to look at: There were eight categories and from the 92 people asked I found that the three biggest categories for wedding stress were: Budget/Money (27%) Guests (25%) Conflict with Families (25%) The Budget category is fairly self explanatory as it’s including any sort of stress incurred by money related issues. The Guest category included issues with people incorrectly RSVPing (or failing to altogether), guest etiquette, seating charts, etc. and the Conflict with Families category included any type of conflict occurring between your family or between your partner’s family (with the possibility of the two having issues with one another). What do you think? …

Ten Tips for Conserving Water

I apologize for the far and few in between posts. My husband and I are in the middle of a very large move and I’m running out of places to work as we continue to sell our furniture! You’ve probably heard of the water crisis in California but there are a lot of areas that are currently affected. For example, my home province of Alberta, Canada has been dealing with an incredibly dry summer which has resulted in a lot of fried crops and dangerously low water levels. Need a few reasons as to why we need to save water? Well, to start, every single one of us needs water to survive. Without it we’d die in a matter of a few days. (this should be good enough reason but I’ll continue with a few more) Our water supply is not “never ending” and only about 3% of our total water supply is suitable for us drinking it, the rest is salt water. Savewater.com puts it likes this, “if 100 litres represents the world’s water, about half …

Brilliant Options for Sustainable & Humane Rings

Wedding rings are a traditional symbol of an eternal bond between partners. The ring itself as a circle represents the infinity loop that can never be broken. Traditionally the rings are worn on the left ring finger as it is believed that the vein in this finger leads directly to the heart! There are also many people who do not follow the traditional route who still wear the rings. There are many different styles and variations of costs that differentiate these rings but the most important element to consider is how to choose jewelry that promotes sustainable living habits. The first thing that I’d like to comment on are diamonds. This blog tends to focus on ways to protect the environment but we as humans have a responsibility to protect one another as well and so it’s as equally important to choose eco-friendly products as it is to choose humane products. Many times you’ll hear about people asking first about the size and clarity of diamonds when they really need to be asking about the diamonds origins and how …

Our First Wedding Anniversary…

My husband and I have just returned from celebrating our first wedding anniversary. The past year has been full of celebrations and challenges, setbacks and triumphs. Looking back at it all, it’s been a year filled with wonderful memories and experiences that have further solidified our relationship. For our anniversary we decided to take the train and visit Montreal and Quebec City. This was the first visit here for both Gregory and I. These cities are stunning. Each one is unique and filled with it’s own rich culture and heritage. We booked walking tours of both cities and both agreed that this was the best method to explore these cities… Good walking shoes are a must! The food was phenomenal! We ate our weight in croissants, poutine, and smoked meat. The people were all very friendly and there was a lot to do and see. We were here for 5 days and were busy from morning to nightfall. This will not be our last visit to Quebec! The Notre Dame Basilica in Montreal Street view in …

5 WAYS TO BE A THRIFTY DIY BRIDE.

Originally posted on the little lending company:
You know that saying, ‘One mans junk is another mans treasure’ – Yep, I live my life by that, you’ll often find me bottom up in a skip. And I rarely throw anything out too (you should see my drawers and cupboards at home, it drives the OH crazy!) Because I’m sure that one day I will need all 200 jam jar lids I’ve saved or will use the 15 pots of tester paints in the garage in some way… But really, if your planning on being a DIY bride theres a few tips that are going to keep you quids in with just a little forward planning. YOU DON’T ASK YOU DON’T GET. I know not all of you will have access to a Farmers yard full of goodies like myself. But I guarantee if you ask Dads, Grandads and friends of family to raid their garages and garden sheds I know there will be all manor of oddments to up-cycle and re-use for your big day.…

Shampoo Bar and Organic Soap Review

A few weeks back I was shopping around for some new bath products. Specifically, I wanted to try a shampoo bar. So I started scouring the internet for information and products. As usual, I ended up on Etsy and after a little while of clicking and reading I stumbled across the shop called Glorious Life (I did an interview with the owner Andrea a little over a week ago that you can find here). It can be tricky trying new products and it’s disappointing when they don’t work out. When you invest your money in a product you’re investing your resources into something that you want to add value to your life and when that doesn’t happen it’s discouraging. Shop Setup There are a lot of products to choose from but I found the shop easy to navigate and quickly found what I was looking for.  The product ingredients are clearly listed as well as tips for use and care which I really liked how this information is readily available. The first product in my basket …