All posts tagged: green living

Saying “Yes” to the Dress[es]

Picking wedding attire can be Eco-friendly! Take a look at this stunning shot of this beautiful bride on her wedding day. For her bridesmaids she let them pick any black dress of their choice. This was an excellent option as it allowed the girls to pick an affordable and wearable dress! One of the girls picked a dress from her own closet while the other scored her’s from The Bay on sale for under $100! As for the bride, she opted for this beautiful gown from Urban Bride Delivered which is a consignment wedding gown store in Edmonton, Alberta! Everyone looked amazing (especially the gorgeous bride) and all the while money and resources were saved! Eco Bride Project

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 …

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 …

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 is Inn: Picking an Eco-Friendly Wedding Venue

In the summer of 2013, my husband and I were in full wedding-planning mode. The main item that we wanted to knock off our wedding to-do list was the “venue.” We were doing Google searches for local ceremony venues and found pages and pages of halls and churches but nothing was standing out. We decided to forgo the traditional route and instead started searching for non-traditional ceremony venues and found a list of parks, community halls, and museums—perfect! Our first choice was a botanical garden but unfortunately, the location was on the outskirts of town. Seeing as we were holding our ceremony and reception at different locations, we wanted to limit the amount of extra drive time required of our guests. Instead, we decided to be married in a local school museum. The building was originally a school that opened in 1905 and has rich local history. We liked this location for several reasons: It is local so this shortened travel time. Very few of our guests had even heard of it (this is great …