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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 …

What is a “Green Wedding?”

When people ask me “what does it mean to plan a Green Wedding” they kind of have these perplexed looks on their faces as if they are expecting this long and complicated explanation when really, it’s pretty simple!   The simple answer is this: Choosing to plan a green wedding means that you and your partner have made the decision to plan a celebration with a smaller negative impact on the environment. For some couples this means that the invitations are made from 100% pcw or are sent via e-mail to skip waste all together, that they are wearing completely eco-friendly attire, that the bouquets are locally grown without pesticides, that their guests carpool to the venue in electric cars, and that they show up in a horse drawn carriage, that the venue is in one location to lower gas emissions, that the dinner is locally sourced, organic, and vegan, that there is little to no waste at the end of the evening (and the waste that is left is recycled and donated) and then …

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 …

Green Wedding Blues? How to Start Planning your Green Wedding Without Getting Overwhelmed

Green Wedding Blues? How to Start Planning your Green Wedding Without Getting Overwhelmed Does planning a “Green Wedding” make you feel overwhelmed to the point where you’d rather just give up? It shouldn’t. There are still many misconceptions about Green Weddings that would have you believe that you have to sacrifice things you love in order to have an eco-friendly day but that is just not true. Our Wedding, in June 2014, was eco-friendly and it was everything we could have hoped for! The important thing to remember is that your entire wedding does not have to be Green! You don’t need every last detail in your day to be eco-friendly (unless, of course, you want it that way!). Try to keep your plan in perspective and make conscious choices to reduce the size of your carbon footprint where you can. My suggestion to you would be to research information available on Green Weddings and see what options best speak to you. The best comprehensive resource that I have found is a book titled The …

Something Old, Something New: Wedding Recycling 101 (Part 3)

Something Old, Something New: Wedding Recycling 101 (Part 3) Happy Monday! This is the final piece to the 3 part “Wedding Recycling” series. Last week we looked at the invitations, rings, and the garments (if you missed it, check it out here). The week before that we talked about shopping used items (find the post here). Today we’re going to look at recycling and how to pay it forward as well as how to make recycling a part of your actual wedding day. My husband and I were very lucky with our wedding as we had a lot of help and support from our families and friends. Having the extra support allowed us to take our time collecting consignment and eco-friendly materials as well as have the extra help to put everything together! We believe that it’s important to pay that forward and, if you can, to donate your items (or make them available) to people who can really use them. There are a lot of great ways to help. You can donate gently used decorations or clothing …

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 …

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 …