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Press Release: Eco Bride Project’s Green Wedding Certification

The Green Bride Guide, the country’s leading green wedding resource, announced today that Britney Blomquist, owner of the Eco Bride Project, will help make Fort Saskatchewan’s wedding’s greener as the area’s first Certified Green Wedding Professional. Certified Green Wedding Professionals help brides make simple substitutions that decrease the impact of their events on the planet. The average wedding produces 63 tons of CO2 and 400- 600 lbs of garbage, but the number of couples seeking eco-friendly alternatives is growing rapidly. According to a recent report by David’s Bridal, 78% of brides are taking steps to include eco-friendly elements in their weddings – from using recycled paper for their invitations and programs, to incorporating local food into their menus and taking green honeymoons. Kate L. Harrison, Founder of Green Bride Guide, created the course because her company was having trouble finding vendors to meet the growing demand of the 400,000+ brides using her site every year. “Green has become mainstream,” said Harrison, “but wedding professionals have been slow to catch up. Britney is a real leader in the …

BIGGEST Wedding Etiquette Pet Peeve?

Recently, I had an online discussion with a great group of people regarding Wedding Etiquette Pet Peeves. While the discussion was a little heated here and there, overall, it was a great opportunity to air out some frustrations, recount personal experiences, and consider cultural differences around etiquette (some of these faux pas are completely unacceptable in certain areas, while other areas would never consider them to be an issue). Why do we care about etiquette? There are many expectations that arise when one is planning a wedding and while there are certain traditions that people may choose to change or forgo altogether, the discussion of being a good host, and being a good guest, is always a worthwhile conversation. I’ve heard many people say that etiquette just isn’t important anymore because it’s outdated, but etiquette is constantly changing to keep up with the times. Etiquette is a guide to teach us how to be polite and I think this is certainly something worth considering (and practicing)! Being polite is never old fashioned. Etiquette can feel …

Tale as Old as Time…

Working with a few new clients this week 🙂 It is such a privilege to learn the backstory of so many friendships—how they met, their favourite stories or favourite songs they share… Taking these histories and making them into a meaningful and special story for my client to deliver back to his or her friend is honestly just so cool if you’re interested in having me write a speech for you please click here). Every story is unique and that uniqueness makes the writing process so exciting. I only wish I could be there when it’s delivered! People ask, “What formula do you use to write these custom speeches?” and this question always makes me laugh because while there certainly is a basic outline to use when writing a speech (people you need to acknowledge, certain special memories to recall, and of course actually toasting the happy couple—you’d be surprised how many people forget this!!), there is no copy-and-paste routine to these speeches—there just can’t be. Once a person hires me, I send my client a …

Wedding Speech Trends

When I think about Weddings and trends I think about the ever changing gown styles, the move from the cupcake phenomenon to the “naked cake,” and the emergence of the popular moissanite stone. I think of the tangible pieces as the trendy parts but I’ve realized that Wedding Speeches are not immune to the ever changing cultural trends that sweep over us. As a whole, trends pull us in, we are in awe, we are entertained, and then we are bored, and then what? Well, we’re just sort of “over it.” Trends are difficult because we consume them in such a high dosage that we make ourselves almost literally sick to our stomachs and then we have a sort of visceral reaction to these trends afterwards. We’re just so done with seeing/hearing/engaging with the trend that the demise is rarely gradual and thoughtful but rather it’s a drastic and almost overnight decision that it’s not the in thing anymore and now it’s uncool to like it (and for heavens sake do not even mention it… unless …

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

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 …

6 Eco-Friendly Jewelry Shop Highlights!

For some people finding the right jewelry can mean the difference between liking and loving their wedding attire. But finding the right piece can be tricky. With all the different choices available the decision can be overwhelming (and this added on top of all the other choices you have to make can seem even worse!). However, one easy way to narrow down all those choices is looking for pieces that not only match your style but also compliment your eco-friendly vision. What should you look for? Items that are upcycled from old materials (like vintage pieces being remade into something new) Pieces made from recycled materials Fair/direct trade items Items developed through ethical practices (mining can obliterate landscapes, and creates tons of waste) Developed with low energy or low toxic cost Still feeling overwhelmed? Take a look at these fantastic artists from Etsy whose work embodies what it means to create eco-friendly art: For jewelry made from recycled/upcycled pieces check out: DiBAjewelry on Etsy. The shop’s artist and creator, Dianne says: “I have been recycling my …

The Infinity Awards

Thank you She’s Going Green for the nomination!! RULES: Thank and follow the blog that nominated you Show the award on your own blog Answer the questions your nominator left for you Nominate other bloggers and leave questions for them to answer QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS: What motivates you to keep running this blog? I’m motivated to continue with my blog because I am very passionate about topics that affect our environment. I chose to focus on Weddings because I am working towards opening my own Wedding Planning business in 2016 and so I thought it was important to bring what I’ve learned (and am still learning) about sustainable living and apply it to a topic that I’m engaging with daily to try and inspire other people. If money was never an issue what would you do for a living? If money was never an issue I would have studied to become an art curator with the dream of doing a practicum (or anything!) in Europe. What would you do if you know you could not fail? I …