All posts tagged: Ideas and Inspiration

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 …

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 …

7 Tips for Becoming a Thrift Store Master!

There are some negative stigmas attached to the idea of thrift shopping and while I know it’s not for everyone I see a lot of positives to thrift shopping that far outweigh the negatives. Why do i like thrift shopping? -Unique items -Limited negative effects on the environment -Save money -Creativity (I love adding my own crafty touches to items that I purchase) -Calming (there is something calming about searching through racks of clothing looking for hidden gems) -It’s fun! (at least I think it is) I’ve been a thrift store shopper for my entire life. At times I’ve thrift shopped because financially I had no other option but the other times I’ve shopped at these stores fully by my own choice. Throughout the years I’ve learned some great tips that I’d like to share Make a day out of it! Bundle thrift shopping into one day (choose a day each to shop week, biweekly, monthly etc.) and hit the thrift stores that are in your area. Thrift stores are often bundles together in groups which makes …

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 …

DIY Furniture Project–Saving Resources and Memories

I have an old 70s bedroom furniture set from my dear Grandmother. I love having furniture that I remember seeing in her room for years and years but, like many things, the style grew tired. My husband and I are moving into our first home together soon and I took the opportunity to refinish the nightstands and make them “new” to us! For this project I lightly sanded the dresser with my Black & Decker sander/polish from Home Hardware. Next I used Beauti-Tone’s Designer Series paint in flat black (shown in the photo) also from Home Hardware. I applied two full coats with plenty of dry time in between. The fabric is some leftover fabric from previous projects and I cut to match the sizing of the old covers that I removed. The cut pieces were then stretched over the wood panel, stapled onto the back, and then adhered back to the original drawer. The final touch (and my personal favourite) are these beautiful black and silver cabinet pulls! (again, from Home Hardware). This simple …

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 …

Favourite Thing About a Wedding

Happy Friday, everyone! I took a random sample of 65 participants and asked them from a selection of nine possible answers to choose their favourite part about a Wedding. The possible answers included the following: When the couple first see one another When the Bride walks down the aisle Their first kiss as a married couple The Vows The Speeches The Music The Food Mother/Son or Father/daughter dance Other From the possible answers 65 people responded and the winner with 32% of the vote is The Food! What do you think? What’s your favourite part about a Wedding? For those of you planning Weddings would knowing this kind of information change the way you plan your wedding? I’d love to hear from you! As always, thank you for reading and supporting, The Eco Bride Project