All posts tagged: sustainable 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 …

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 …

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 …

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. …

Hello Eco-Conscious Wedding Enthusiasts,

My name is Britney and it is my intention to use this page as a platform for sharing ideas and inspirations to encourage environmentally savvy weddings. In Canada the average wedding costs $31, 685 and much of this money is spent on items and services that are later discarded. If the notion of going green seems intimidating then let me assure you that even small and thoughtful changes can make a large difference and these eco-conscious choices will help to make the special celebration less excessive. The general principle that this page follows is the simple rule of the three R’s — Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle. There are many ways to integrate this principle and it’s much easier to do than you may think. Thank you for stopping by The Eco-Bride Project