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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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Green Wedding Ideas–Part 2

Happy Monday! Here is Part 2 to the How to Plan a Green Wedding series. Part 2 focuses on the suit, bridesmaid dresses, rings, and flowers. Attire Part 2 – The Suit Rent the suits. Reuse perfectly good items. Use what you have. Choose a general color idea and see what everyone has in their closets already (or what they can borrow from other friends). Attire Part 3 – Bridesmaid Dresses Choose off the rack dresses that have a higher chance of being worn again and that are more likely to go on sale (I found my dresses at Sears on sale for $60 each and 4/6 girls have worn them again!). Choose a color scheme and have them find a dress they like that they would wear again (even better if they already own a dress in that color). Mix and match is easy and can look very nice and uniform (I get to do this option for a friend’s wedding and I am very happy about it). Find brands that are made from eco-friendly materials …

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 …