All posts tagged: eco wedding

Eco-Friendly Bridesmaid Gifts

  Having your friends stand beside you on your wedding day is truly an honour. These people have been a part of your life (maybe for a lifetime or a short time… doesn’t matter) but these are the people (or person) that you’ve asked to stand with you—so how do you say thank you? The “thank you” aspect of the wedding process is crucial. The “thank you” etiquette as stated by Emily Post’s 18th edition (highly recommend this book for anyone interested in etiquette) the “thank you” should be done in writing and done quickly (Post 630). For the bridal party gift giving timeframe there are typically two times that are traditional to give the gift. The first is on the morning of the wedding while you’re all getting ready together and the second is at the rehearsal dinner where you would give the gift after you toast each of your attendants. Now that you know the importance and the traditional etiquette of the “thank you” you might still be at a loss as to what to …

Behind the Veil: History of the Wedding Veil Tradition

A few weeks back I teased a blog about wedding veils and I only just got around to this post! Sorry for the delay, I pinched my sciatic nerve and so sitting, standing, walking, sleeping (and everything in between) has been excruciating. I am, however, finally starting to feel better and so you can expect more consistent posts and updates from me! I wore a veil on my wedding day and I didn’t really consider the significance or the reasoning behind the veil, to be honest. I think that veils are beautiful and it seemed like one of the few times that it would be socially acceptable for me to wear a veil in public without it being Halloween so I jumped on it. I understand that many brides see no point to the wedding veil while others see rich cultural and traditional significance to the piece and it got me questioning where this tradition originated. The wedding veil has changed forms, colours, and significance throughout the years and yet is still something we commonly …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Guest Blogger Wanted

We’re looking for a few guest bloggers to add to our blog in the next coming weeks! If you’re a Wedding Blogger or are interested in Weddings, Sustainable Living, or think you’ve got something related then please e-mail Britney at ecobrideproject@gmail.com with the header “Guest Blogger.” Entries will be subject to approval.  Looking forward to hearing from you! Eco Bride Project

What to Consider When Planning an Outdoor Wedding

Things to consider before planning your outdoor Wedding. I can’t count the amount of time I’ve heard a couple say “we can’t afford much so we’re going to have an outdoor wedding.” While having a small BBQ in your backyard with a handful of friends and family will certainly save you money, if you’re still planning on a large guest count in a local park or on a farm, the task gets significantly more costly—potentially more so than renting an indoor venue! Consider the Basics Ceremony If it’s hot make sure there is some shade for your guests! Don’t line the lawn with cute hay bails and then watch poor Grandma and Uncle Joe pass out from heatstroke during your vows! If it’s hot provide fans (you can make your programs work double time as a fan too) Provide cool drinks if it’s hot and warm drinks if it’s cold. Cosnider encouraging guests to wear stylish hats Provide shawls if it could be cold HAVE A BACKUP. If it’s pouring rain, even if you’re ready …

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 …

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 …

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 …