September 25, 2008

Donate a dress

donate_a_dress.jpgHelp Liberian Ambassador Alpha Bird Collins and his wife Louise with their Liberian Wedding Dress Project, launched on their own wedding day a year ago, by donating your wedding dress to this worthy cause.

Believe it or not it is the aspiration of many Liberian brides to get married in white, but in this worn-torn land where a woman's daily wage as little as a dollar day, the dream is often out of reach. The West African country is in the process of recovering from 15 years of civil war and it now has a stable government with Africa's first democratically-elected female president, so there is an air of optimism in the country.

Alpha and Louise plan to take the dresses to West Africa where their local partners will loan them out to Liberian brides for a small charge to cover the costs cleaning and so on. And they're not stopping there - men's suits and bridesmaids dresses are welcomed with open arms. Funds are also being raised to help with transport costs when they take the clothes to Liberia.

Dresses, suits and bridesmaid dresses can be dropped off at St Cuthbert's Church, on Barnsley Road, any Sunday morning, and donations can be made payable to Action Love Liberia and sent to St Cuthbert's Vicarage, 7 Horndean Road, Sheffield, S5 6UJ.

Call Louise and Alpha on 0114 261 1605 for more information.

See Sheffield Telegraph for full story.

Posted in Green Wedding Charities , Dresses & Gowns

September 22, 2008

Eco Chic Boutique is launched!

We're so excited to announce the launch of GreenUnion's eco friendly online shop. Absolutely no compromise on gorgeousness! If you're tired of the hum drum and fed up with the mass produced, our new online shop is a saviour for anyone who prefers a personally styled gift to mark a unique celebration.

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We want to provide and promote gorgeous and ethically made products with high value in terms of skill, content, design and beauty. From bespoke event stationary to hand made holiday tipis, the products we have carefully sourced are eco friendly, organic, hand made, fairly traded and British. World products also feature where they are sourced with a clear conscience.

The range includes lingerie and dresses by Enamore, exclusive wedding stationery by Seed, bespoke maps by illustrator Marta Munoz, gorgeous hand made jewellery by Maura Nicholson, exclusive handmade candles by Hapi Bean and much, much more...

Come and see for yourself! GreenUnion Eco Chic Boutique

Posted in Green Wedding Events

September 12, 2008

Looking for unique wedding gifts?

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If you're looking for a unique wedding gift and thinking about commissioning a wonderfully skilled local British based craftsman or artist for a bespoke piece of artwork that will last a lifetime, here's a great opportunity to search creative studios for that special item.

Devon Open Studios is a huge project being held over the course of two weeks across 9 trails throughout Devon. The initiative started on 6th September and runs until 21 September, so get out there enjoy the countryside and meet some artists, designers and craftsmen.

Take this beautiful bed for instance, made by David Ames in North Devon, what a fabulous idea for a lifetime of cuddles!

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Posted in Green Wedding Events

French leave

heart_bunting.jpgWe've had a busy few days here at GreenUnion HQ. It seems the French are really curious about the growing trend for green and naturalistic weddings so we've been entertaining a TV crew from France 5 public TV! They have sent a group of young couples all over Europe to see what is happening out there and the programme Les Report-Terre will begin broadcasting in October.

Devon and Cornwall has a huge number of sustainable businesses offering their services to couples who want to throw a natural celebration, so we gathered together a group of brilliant people to tell Pauline and Guillaume of Les Report-Terre how it works.

We had Rosie at GreenUnion, of course, to give an overview and then we took them to Coombe Farm Woodlands to look at an eco friendly, organically run venue. They talked to Sally of Manic Organic about her own green wedding and her vegetarian catering business. We had two celebrants for them to interview - Alison Orchard from Crediton in Devon who is a member of the British Humanist Association, and Jackie Brown from Truro in Cornwall who conducts spiritual ceremonies for anyone whether you are just an agnostic or a full fledged pagan. Jackie is getting married soon too and wanted to tell Les Report-Terre why she will be thowing an eco friendly wedding.

We decorated the barn at Coombe Farm with gorgeous silk heart pendant bunting made out of vintage sari fabrics by the Big Beautiful Bunting Co. We also used seasonal flowers and foliage - hydrangeas, fennel heads, blackberries and apple boughs to show how it can be done with style and colour.

Sadly all the wonderful caterers such as Dartmoor Kitchen, in Devon that we could have talked to were so busy we couldn't have any time with them, so instead we suggested they film a herd of Red Devon beef cows at Coombe Farm to prove that the food can be locally sourced right on the doorstep - it went down a treat!

We talked about jewellery and April Doubleday's ethical wedding rings were a fantastic example of how you can source your gold and diamonds without conflict or harm. We showed them the beautifully hand screen printed wedding stationary from Seed.. which you will soon be able to purchase from our Eco Chic Boutique launching next week.

And finally they talked to a furniture maker, David Ames about how to commission a piece of furniture that all the guests can contribute to, making a meaningful, sustainable and lasting gift to mark your wedding day. A bed that David made for a couple last year was the hit of the show!

You can contact Manic Organic by emailing Sally.
Alison can be reached by email too.
If you want to contact Jackie please contact us and we will give you her details.

Posted in Green Wedding Natural Nuptials , Press

September 08, 2008

Organic Fortnight

0.gifWe're a bit late reporting about the annual Organic Fortnight organised by the Soil Association. It started Saturday with the Food Festival in Bristol, but you can see who was there if you go to the website.

There's still plenty of time to get involved. For starters there's a fantastic joining offer for September - the first 200 to join the Soil Association this month will receive a stylish 'love your planet, choose organic' fair trade, organic bag.

There are heaps of things going on all over the country, for instance there's food tasting in Norwich, organic beauty brunches at Neal's Yard Remedies stores nationwide, gardening courses in Berkshire, chocolate tastings in Sussex, a beer festival in Essex, farmers markets everywhere and so on...
See the full list here.

Posted in Green Wedding Events

September 01, 2008

Vintage fashion fair

vintage_fashion.jpgIt's September, a month of wonderful things to do and go to. Over the next few days and weeks we'll be telling you what's on and where to go.

First off is the London Vintage Fashion, Textiles and Accessories Fair on Sunday 14th September 2008 at Hammersmith Town Hall, King Street, London W6.

There'll be over a hundred leading vintage fashion clothing dealers, from all over the UK and abroad who will be there to share their prized stash of highly sought-after wares spanning from 1800 to 1980. You'll be able to find handbags, linen, lace, embroidery, shoes, hats, gowns, chiffons, beaded dresses, textiles, needle work, necklaces, gloves, trimmings, fashion magazines, costume jewellery, feathers boas, compacts, combs, fans …… and all more competitively priced than in trendy shops and at auctions.

If you're looking for a unique or different wedding dress, a suit for your groom or some gorgeous and sustainably sourced accessories then this is the place to go. Check out their website for more information and to get a discount of £2.50 on the entrance fee of £5.00.

Thanks to Cooper Carras Photography for the gorgeous image.

Posted in Green Wedding Dresses & Gowns , Grooms , Shoes & Accessories

Passionate about food?

bbc3.jpgBBC3 is looking for people to take part in a returning series of the ground-breaking programme Kill it, Cook it, Eat it.

This new series will explore our attitudes to killing and eating wild game. The programme will cover every aspect of the process from hunting and shooting animals to preparing the carcass for the kitchen They will be killing, cooking and eating deer, rabbit, grouse and duck.

They aim to challenge and probe your views on this issue: where do you draw the line with the meat you’re prepared to eat – and why? Whether you’re a vegetarian or a meat connoisseur, or simply want to see for yourself the processes involved in getting meat to your plate, then get in touch.

They’re looking for a handful of people with vocal opinions about meat and where it comes from to join them. Kate told me that "Obviously this is a fantastic series in terms of generating discussion and we welcome viewpoints from a variety of people, from vegan to pro-hunt. We would love to discuss the series with people whose views of the killing and cooking of animals is influenced by their lifestyle choices, (such as sustainable living)."

If you would like to be considered, simply give them a call on 0207 033 2300 or send them an email with your NAME and NUMBER and they will be in touch with application details. Filming is in Scotland and you will be needed for one or possibly two days (with an overnight stay) in late September.

For further information contact Kate on 020 7033 2271 or email kate.nixon@fireflyproductions.tv

Posted in Green Wedding Caterers, Food & Drink , Press

Honeymoon prize!

ITV is looking for couples who are getting married in the UK in September or October and would be happy to share their day - there's a chance to win a honeymoon.

They’re looking for couples to appear in a brand new programme for Living TV called ‘Four Weddings’ and they'd love one of the weddings to be 'green'.

The four brides need to be getting married in the UK in September or October of this year and they would have to be happy to share their big day with a film crew and 3 other brides to be. The 3 other brides to be will also be getting married in either September or October of this year and if selected they would be invited to attend their weddings. The four brides will then have to decide which couple deserves to win a dream honeymoon!

If this sort of thing takes your fancy then contact weddings@granadamedia.com or call Tara on 020 7157 3581 quoting GreenUnion.

Posted in Green Wedding Giveaways , Press

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