January 30, 2008

An entertaining idea

storyteller.jpgStorytelling is the ancient art of conveying events in words, images, and sounds often by improvisation or embellishment according to Wikipedia, and stories have probably been shared in every culture and in every land as a means of entertainment, education, preservation of culture and to instill knowledge and values.

National Storytelling Week, which is coming to an end this weekend, has made me think how wonderful if would be to have a local storyteller at your wedding. It conjurs and image of tipi tents, a fire circle and loved ones gathered around listening to a magical tale late into the night. If you've got loads of kids coming and you're stuck for ideas it would be a great way to engage and keep them entertained with fairy tales, folk tales, myths and legends. Keep tradition alive and engage a storyteller for your wedding.

8th National Storeytelling Week 26th January to 2nd February. More information from The Society for Storytelling.

Posted in Green Wedding Entertainment

Stationary scoop

seed_invitation.jpgseed_photo_album.jpgIf you're looking for some truly unique stationary for your eco friendly wedding, then look no further.

Seed.. is the brainchild of Tara Dennis, a talented designer who produces a beautifully hand screen printed range of stationary on recycled paper and card. Her attention to detail means that she even prints all the hand folded envelopes with patterns inside them and everything is finished off with a little sticker!

Tara's range is absolutely gorgeous and based on the natural environment but she is very willing to design and create a bespoke range of wedding stationary especially for you. Just contact her for details.

Tara also makes hand printed photo albums bound with ribbon, and will create one to match your chosen stationary design. Far better to commission a beautifully designed and printed hand made album to show off your green wedding photos than to have the same one as everyone else which has been shipped all the way from Australia!

Posted in Green Wedding Stationery & Invitations

January 22, 2008

Did you throw a green wedding?

If you threw and green wedding last year and you've got some gorgeous photos of the day then please get in touch with us. We have a writer for Red Magazine looking for a truly eco chic wedding with earth friendly details to use in her article championing the rise of green celebrations. Email us on info@greenunion.co.uk and we will call you back.

Posted in Green Wedding Natural Nuptials , Press

January 21, 2008

Love is like a red red rose

valentine_rose_gift.jpgOne of our favourite partners Lottie Girling has come up with this gorgeous valentine rose corsage. Made from leather or suede (a by product of the leather industry), these blooms are not only charming and chic, but will still be bloomin' lovely long after those supermarket stems have withered away. She's offering them in an assortment of colours including this delicious red, of course, but if you want something extra special then there's still time to have one made to order. Leave it on the desktop and make sure you get one this Valentine's Day!

Posted in Green Wedding Flowers , Gifts & Favours

January 16, 2008

Home grown flowers

caroline_ede.jpgI know we bang on a lot about using local grown and seasonal flowers, but there is a reason for it. If you're at all inclined in the green direction then it makes sense not to invest in flowers that are smothered in chemicals and then transported halfway around the world for your wedding day.

Believe it or not it's perfectly possible to create wonderfully eco chic wedding decorations year round using British seasonal flowers and foliage, and GreenUnion is making it easier for you to source them too. If you haven't got access to a large garden full of gorgeous blooms our eco friendly wedding directory has a list of dedicated and talented florists growing their own flowers or sourcing them locally. When they can't source what you need from Britain, they will try and supplement with Fairly Traded of Veriflora flowers.

Take Caroline Ede, an artist and textile designer who has worked on commissions for Liberty of London and the Royal Academy. She loves working closely with her clients to interpret their desires and emotions in a sensitive and loving way and creates a wonderfully natural and romantic look using flowers grown in her own garden in the Welsh Marches.

Posted in Green Wedding Flowers

January 14, 2008

Green gold


We're really excited to hear that our partners Cred Jewellery are working hard with the Fairtrade Foundation (FF) and the Association for Responsible Mining (ARM) to find a way to certify a 'Green Gold' collection of jewels.

Some while back Cred formed a partnership with miners in a cooperative in Choco, an underdeveloped region in northeast Colombia, called the Green Gold (‘Oro Verde‘) project and the FF is now exploring how to develop the concept of ethical gold with ARM. Hopes are to be able to extend its successful labelling scheme to gold in the foreseeable future.

‘If we get a positive board decision to proceed with Fairtrade labelled gold, then depending on the outcome of the pilot studies to date, it would be likely that the first certified gold will be available during 2009,’ said Fairtrade Foundation policy and producer relations officer Chris Davis.

So if you're a girl and planning to pop the question to your beau this leap year it won't be possible to buy Fairtrade gold to mark the occasion. But you will be able to find an ethical alternative in our list of jeweller partners who all use recycled gold and ethically sourced stones in their jewellery.

Posted in Green Wedding Jewellery

Most civil ceremonies

civil_ceremony.jpgI'm often getting emails from eco chic couples wanting to get married outside and asking whether I know of anywhere that this is possible. So I thought it was time to give you all the bad news - you just can't get married, or have your civil partnership ceremony, under god's blue sky either in England or Wales. The law will not allow it, you can only get wed in a venue which has a license to hold civil ceremonies and the license stipulates that there has to be a roof over your head. Stupid I know, but true, especially when we all know that you can marry anywhere you like in Scotland!

The General Register office for England and Wales website will give you all the information you need and direct you to your local register office for more information. You can also get information about getting hitched in Scotland here, and Northern Ireland here.

The compensation for not being able to have a ceremony in the great outdoors is that some venues have bent over backwards to make your wedding or civil partnership a day to remember. We have some fabulous eco friendly venues on GreenUnion. There are historic houses, seaside resorts, farms, contemporary green buildings and even city vaults and they're all run by the nicest people in the world! So before you go anywhere else do check out our partner pages and be inspired.

Posted in Green Wedding Venues , Wedding Planning

January 09, 2008

Vintage trend

vintage_wedding_dress_co.jpgThere's a huge trend to go vintage this year and wearing it on your wedding day's perfectly eco chic. The London Vintage Fashion, Textiles and Accessories Fair being held this Sunday in Kensington, London has heaps of gorgeous dresses and suits to choose from. Arrive early and snap up a delicious little number for yourself or get your groom gorgeously kitted out in a retro suit.

My advice to brides is to wear brand new shoes with a vintage number to keep it right up to date and grooms will look so on trend with a snappy new shirt, preferably made in organic cotton, and a colourful tie or no tie at all.

Sunday 13 January 2008 from 10am to 5pm
Olympia Hilton Hotel, Kensington High Street, London
Admission £5.00 (Early entry: 8am - 10am £10.00)
Image: Vintage Wedding Dress Company

Posted in Green Wedding Dresses & Gowns , Grooms

January 07, 2008

Is chicken on the menu?

The first episode of Hugh Fernleigh-Whittingstall's programme Chicken Run, which supports the River Cottage campaign to outlaw battery farmed chicken in the UK, airs tonight at 9pm on Channel 4. Take time out to learn a bit more about this subject, which will be dear to your heart if you plan to throw a green and ethical wedding. Then click on the banner to put your name behind the campaign to get chickens out of the batteries and run free.

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Posted in Green Wedding Caterers, Food & Drink , News

Have a guilt free carbon neutral wedding

carbon_neutral_wedding.jpgGoing carbon neutral is no easy task. Carbon neutral is defined as emitting no carbon dioxide into the atmosphere which, let's face it, is well nigh impossible when throwing a large event such as a wedding.

How do you calculate the cooking of the food for your reception, the miles driven by your guests, the electricity used for your bridemaids' hairdryers and the best man's trip across town to collect his suit? What about the disco with flashing lights, the champagne shipped from France, and so on?

Now help is at hand through Offset Your Wedding which has been set up by Combat Climate Change to make offsetting a wedding as easy as possible. They've done all the hard work for you by taking into account the sometimes endless factors that go into your wedding day.

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Posted in Green Wedding Wedding Planning

January 05, 2008

How do you plan a low budget eco chic wedding?


Terry emailed GreenUnion the other day not knowing how to start planning his green wedding. He tells me that his budget is £1,500 - I think this must be a record low budget! If he can stick to this amount we'd love to feature the wedding on GreenUnion to prove to all those sceptics out there that going green really can be light on your wallet too.

Now, while we can't give him detailed information as we charge a fee for this service, here are some tips for Terry and every one of you out there in the same boat. Terry met Kelli on the internet and she's still in the States where she lives at present, so its all down to him!

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Posted in Green Wedding Wedding Planning

January 03, 2008

Ethical rings

april_doubleday.jpgNow you've decided to tie the knot, and if a ring hasn't already been produced, you may be thinking of not only going ethical but also individual. April Doubleday is leading the pack with her individually hand crafted ethical jewellery.

On the use of gold, she says "I only gold plate (rather than making things from solid gold), which doesn't deplete the earth's resources, and I have to know where exactly the gold I use was mined, insisting that workers have been fairly paid and that their working conditions are safe, hygienic and humane. It's also essential for me to know that no child labour has been used in the extraction of the gold. I use Colombian gold which is Fair Trade accredited by the Cred Foundation. Greg Valerio of that organisation traces the gold from source to customer every step of the way."

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Posted in Green Wedding Jewellery

January 02, 2008

Fresh year, fresh face

Happy New Year to you all and a warm welcome to our new subscribers. I'm guessing that you have just proposed, or accepted a proposal and starting your journey towards a gorgeous green wedding day full of eco chic ideas. Happy planning.

After all the excesses of the festive season, you may be wondering how to get back in shape. Here at GreenUnion HQ we believe that flawless eco-beauty radiates from the inside, out and its never too early to get your skin, body and hair into great condition for your wedding day. Eat a healthy balanced diet, drink plenty of water, get heaps of sleep and exercise and you'll soon recover from all that alcohol and sweet consumption of the last two weeks and be in perfect shape to tackle the next step in the planning process.


If you fancy giving your skin a big treat we can recommend you try Pai Skincare's range of pure, plant-based ingredients which have been carefully selected and blended to give your skin everything it needs and nothing it doesn’t. Pai products are chemical-free and hand-made from only the highest grade, certified organic ingredients.

Pai has been an instant hit with beauty editors and has been rated Number 1 organic skincare product by Grazia Magazine - beating the likes of Stella McCartney and Nude.

Never forget though, throughout the forthcoming months, to be true to yourself and your personal values.

Posted in Green Wedding Beauty, Hair & Makeup

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