Month: May 2015

Helping your Community Blossom: How Planning your Wedding can Strengthen your Relationships

There are, of course, many benefits to planning an Eco-Friendly Wedding. Planning a Green Wedding often means we’re looking to people (whether it be friends, family, or local community members) for supplies, information, and help. This can create a lot of opportunity for bonding over sharing personal experiences and resources. Green Weddings aren’t just good for the environment, they are good for our sense of community, too! We have several examples from our wedding. Our cake stand was constructed from materials at my Parent’s house by my brother. My brother can make something amazing from almost anything—he is unreal. The stand itself is very unique and was the center of much discussion at the wedding. It is very special to associate that stand with my brother and it was a very nice bonding experience to have something simple, like the cake stand, be made from upcycled materials by someone my husband and I care a lot about. Then there is my sister who is a very talented musician. I am, quite literally, in awe of how talented she …

Birthday Fun: Feeling like a Lucky Duck

Today I took the day off as it is my birthday! My husband spoiled me with a lunch at our favourite local restaurant and then we spent the entire day walking around the city. We took this opportunity to visit the farmers market and collected some delicious fresh fruits and then headed for the shoreline. We’re very fortunate to live near water and with it comes these wonderful creatures. Stay tuned for posts featuring some of my favourite shots from today!

Something Old, Something New: Wedding Recycling 101 (Part 2)

Something Old, Something New: Wedding Recycling 101 (Part 2) This is Part 2 of the Recycling series. Last week we looked at why recycling is important (including a chart explaining how long it takes for some products to biodegrade–click here if you missed it!) and tips for incorporating it into your wedding planning and some great websites to use for buying consignment wedding items. So, why is it important to consider using recycled materials? This quote from http://www.benefits-of-recycling.com sums it up nicely: “When paper and other suitable materials are recycled [the environmental impacts] are reduced significantly.” (“Recycling Paper.” Benefits of Recycling. N.p., n.d. Web. 10 May 2015.) 2. Use Recycled invitations (1. last week was “Buy Used”) Consider finding a seller who specializes in invitations made from recycled paper materials. A great example of a Wedding Invitation seller is MulberrybyMDCDesigns on Etsy. In my conversation with the Artist, Marni there was a really great quote used to describe the shop’s goal in terms of it’s Eco-Friendly efforts: “It’s always been important to me to show that there are little ways to make …

My Real Touch Bouquet

Originally posted on Bridal Waves: Riding The Waves To Marriage:
Ever since my lurking days on the bee, I have known I was going to go with Real Touch Flowers for my bouquet. I was so amazed by the fact that they both look AND feel real. Sometimes I had a hard time believing some bouquets that I saw weren’t made of fresh flowers. Real Touch flowers are good because you can keep them forever. They do cost almost the same as real flowers, but you don’t have to throw them away in a couple weeks. They won’t shrivel up and die or turn brown. I talked about not being able to go with the shop I really wanted to, so I just gathered flowers and fillers from a bunch of various shops I found via the bee, Pinterest and etsy. I did this over the course of the entire planning process, so I would say another pro is you can buy them early since they don’t ever die. Some of the shops even made the flowers…

10 Bouquet Alternatives that make [Scents]

Two years ago when I was planning my wedding I noticed that when choosing wedding flowers there is a lot more at stake than just cost. Case in point, did you know that many cut flowers are imported from abroad and soaked in chemicals? (and that many of these chemicals are actually banned in the U.S. and Canada?!). Although flowers sure look pretty some of them can come at a hefty environmental cost. This certainly doesn’t mean that you can’t have real flowers for your wedding but make sure that you do your research and find out where these flowers are coming from and how they and the employees caring for them have been treated. For my partner’s and my wedding we bought the bridal bouquet and my bridesmaids bouquets off of Kijiji. They are silk flower hydrangeas with added vintage broaches. The best part about these bouquets is that they were used in a wedding before ours, then they were used in our wedding, and now we get to pass them forward for someone else to use–that’s at least 3 uses with one product! Brides and grooms today are fairy lucky (minus the planning …

From Bruised Boathouse to Wedding Worthy

Originally posted on The Green Rose:
Would you get married here? Because I did. Inside the nasty, but *lake front*, boathouse Newly engaged, my future husband, Richard, and  I escaped Chicago for  few days to stay at my parent’s cottage in Lac du Flambeau, WI, near Minocqua. While up North, we spend most our days bird watching, kayaking and reading outdoors. It’s the kind of place where you just chill, where listening to the birds and the wind in the trees is somehow enough, where your mind has time and space to wonder about the social structure of the chipmunk community and whether the woodpecker is getting bullied by the hummingbird. So, when Richard suggested we get married on top of the detached boathouse and have the reception inside, I was game. But when we checked out the walk-out depository in the morning, I had my doubts. The previous owner had used it to store junk and, apparently, practice “vertical gardening” or maybe just mold cultivation on the concrete walls. The top of the boathouse, essentially a large deck, was not…

Green Wedding Ideas–Part 3

The overall goal here at the Eco-Bride Project is to encourage wedding planners to reduce waste and to reduce the use of toxins and chemicals that the average wedding creates. I will help guide you to do this by following the basic reduce, reuse, and recycle principle (it’s easier than you may think!). Today we’re looking at a few eco-friendly options for your wedding’s invitations, decorations, favors, and gifts. Invitations Choose invitations that are made from (at least partially) recycled materials Check out Something New Stationary on Etsy: click here. Check out Mulberry Fields on Etsy: click here. Choose alternative material like bamboo or hemp. Skip all the extra inserts for your invitation and put extra information on a wedding website. Check out the Knot for a free wedding website: click here. Check out My Wedding for a free wedding website: click here. Although it’s customary etiquette to send physical invitations for the actual wedding, for any events surrounding the wedding opt for electronic invitation. (E.g. Try using Facebook groups to invite people to showers or bachelorette parties). Decorations …

Something Old, Something New: Wedding Recycling 101 (Part 1)

We’re told over and over again to recycle. Recycle our products, buy products that have been recycled etc. We’re told that this will help the planet… But how exactly? When we don’t know the reasoning behind an idea it can be difficult to understand why it’s important. Today I want to focus on recycling and why it’s important for our environment. I’d also like to suggest some great resources for making recycling a part of your wedding planning (most of them are online which makes shopping nice and easy!). When we choose to throw an item into the garbage instead of recycling (if it can be recycled) then that item sits on a gigantic pile of garbage waiting to decompose instead of being converted into reusable materials. I want to start by focusing on a few numbers to give us an idea of the amount of time that these items are sitting in our landfills. I found several of the numbers shocking especially the glass and the disposable diapers! The list that I am using can be found here …