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Eco-friendly tips fo the realistic bride .. May 4, 2009

Although weddings can be difficult to be totally green, there’s many little things couples can do that will make a difference.   Let’s be realistic here, girls.  There’s a lot of green things we can do for our weddings, but there’s also a lot of unattainable green ideas.  It’s hard to find the happy medium, but adding even just a few ideas helps!
*For your dress and attire:

Yes, a $6800 completely eco dress is a nice idea.  But what about those of us who can’t afford it ?  For many brides I know, that’s their entire wedding budget!  Check out these tips from Canadian Living for some great ideas.  Two examples – letting your bridesmaids roam free by choosing their own dresses (this cuts down on wasted material!), and purchasing a wedding dress that has more of a future to it by being able to convert it into a kicky little cocktail number!

For more eco-friendly tips on wedding attire from Canadian Living, click here!

*Wedding rings:

Ah, diamonds.  Are there really any true conflict free diamonds?  That debate is up for discussion, but in the meantime, why not go eco with your rings?  Green Karat is a company that only uses conflict free diamonds and recycled gold, and each ring is made by hand.  When purchasing rings from Green Karat, not only are you being socially and ecologically responsible, but you’ll have some pretty sweet bling to choose from!

My Fave: (I’m seriously drooling over this one, and wondering how I can justify a second E ring to the Fiance … I don’t think “but it’s eco!” would work)

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The prettiest budget saver I’ve seen so far –

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And of course, you’ll need bands too!

(all photos courtesy of Green Karat)

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*Invitations

Heidi at Botanical Paperworks (based in Winnipeg!) has eco-friendly chic down pat.  BP provides invitations, cards, favours, and so much more – all on 100% recycled paper, and plantable!  Instead of losing your invites in a drawer for years after your special day, your friends and family can actually plant your invitation and watch wildflowers grow from it!  So cute, right?  Stylish, too!  My favourite is the Flourish Wedding Invitation, as pictured (photo courtesy of Botanical Paperworks):

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I’m also super in love with their guest favours – the Love Tag Seeded Favour:

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*Decor

How about these cute ideas? (all courtesy of Country Living)

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The picture above is of local flowers, and a beautiful way to re-use old paint tins!  Just paint them in your wedding colours, et voila!

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Although this picture for a pie buffet is fall themed, you can quickly and easily make yours personalized to your theme by somply changing out the flowers, fruits and vegetables!  For an even more eco-friendly idea, have this pie buffet as your only dessert, with home made pies from local farms!


The point is, dear Earth lovers, that a wedding can be truly green if you really try. If you’re not able to host a completely green wedding, remember that every little bit does count! But going green shouldnt break your bank, and you shouldn’t choose the $6800 Eco wedding dress just because it’s eco friendly – you should choose it because it suits you.

 

Eco Madness? May 1, 2009

Filed under: Misc — evetraetto @ 5:26 pm
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Although i am all for being eco friendly. I recycle, i drive a very fuel efficient car and i have planted a few new trees in my garden this year. However, i just don’t know what to make of eco weddings.

It is a recent trend to have these ‘eco friendly’ weddings but can a wedding ever really be called eco??

You can trade paper invites for emails or use recycled paper instead of regular.

You can give out these cute seed place cards that double up as favors (http://www.aweddinglessordinary.co.uk/shopexd.asp?id=4036)

or a potted tree!

http://www.evergreenmemories.ca

Which i would definitely prefer over the tired old expresso cups!

Hell you can even snap yourself up an eco friendly bamboo wedding dress (at quite a price!) http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=23460280&ref=sr_list_2&&ga_search_query=wedding&ga_search_type=handmade&ga_page=4448&order=price_asc&includes[]=tags&includes[]=title)

Italy? Mexico? Aruba? Why bother! Stay at home for your honeymoon in order to save fuel!

To be honest, im just not buying it! The mass amounts of food wastage at the reception, the food you are eating is probably imported from all over the world (for you 100mile challenge fans!) the fact that your guests will be traveling to get to the wedding… and probably not car pooling so many things about weddings are just not eco friendly. Is it really just taking the fun out of everything? You can go about your life being conscious about wastage but really isn’t your wedding day about being lavish for one day? Not that i don’t think it’s a good thing because any way that we can be thoughtful towards the planet is worthwhile but is it taking ‘eco-ness’ too far?

If you are eco friendly all the time in your daily life then i say go ahead! For those using it as a trend to follow, think about it and all that is involved in making a truly green wedding. There are tons of great websites out there dedicated to helping you!

For us i think the only wedding we will call eco is the small backyard weddings we love so much!

Top tips!

– Potted plants instead of cut flowers for centerpieces

– Have your ceremony and reception at the same venue

– Buy a second hand wedding dress and allow bridesmaids to get dresses they could wear again!

– Earth friendly favors: baby trees, seeds, cookies or donate to a local green charity!

– keep it small!

 

New Website, New Blog… New Season! April 5, 2009

Filed under: Misc — sensationalwv @ 9:07 pm

Welcome!

We are proud to launch our brand new blog dedicated to helping brides and vendors in the wedding industry connect. Check back constantly for updates, interviews and tips for planning the perfect wedding!

We are extremely excited to (almost) announce the launch of our revamped website…. stayed tuned for more details!

As the new wedding season begins we will be gearing up to bring you all the news, trends and vendors reviews.

Much Love

Eve and Jennifer

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