All posts tagged: green ideas

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 …

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 …

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 …

10 Easy Eco-Friendly (and Affordable) Changes You Can Make Today

10 Easy Eco-Friendly (and Affordable) Changes You Can Make Today Switch to recyclable garbage bags. Try Glad’s compostable kitchen garbage bags. Find them at Home Hardware here These can also be found at Canadian Tire, and Home Depot Reusable bags for shopping! Shopping from Bulk bins? Try Kootsac on Etsy. The creator, Morgen is a: “textile artist and clothing designer who saw the need for an alternative to throw-away plastic bags when buying bulk food and produce in my local natural food store.” — Morgen from Kootsac “Kootsac bags are lightweight, strong, washable and reusable and are designed to hold nuts, grains, flours, spices, herbs, dried fruit and even produce.” B. Reusable Produce Bags! For a set of 12 durable produce bags check out eco4life on Etsy. The creator Hollie makes: “Large set of 12 nylon netting produce bags… Bags are made with double layers of nylon netting and all edges are serged for extra durability…Easy to care for, just wash in the sink with warm soapy water and hang to dry” — Hollie from eco4life C. …

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 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 …

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…

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 …