November 27, 2008

Christmas door wreaths

christmas_wreath.jpgThere's nothing quite like a lavishly decorated door wreath to welcome visitors to your home or your wedding reception. Jane at Snapdragon Garden hand makes door wreaths the traditional way, starting off with a copper ring covered in lovely squishy moss, trailing ivy, box, holly, rosemary, really whatever she can get her hands on to give a generous bountiful look. Then she adds in masses of fresh fruit, cones and seedheads.

Jane began making her christmas wreaths yesterday and she tells us she is only making a limited number this year. So if the idea of having a hedgerow wreath delivered into your city home is an attractive one, or you know someone who'd love it as a gift, don't forget to order yours early!

They will be delivered within the UK by overnight courier and can be ordered for the weeks beginning 8th or 15th December.

Posted in Green Wedding Decorations & Details , Flowers

November 21, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving!

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HAPPY THANKSGIVING to all our American friends.
When I saw this image at create my event I thought it just sums it all up in a nutshell. Find lots of inspiration (and credits to the individual images) in this mood board, for your own Thanksgiving party or wedding.

Posted in Green Wedding Decorations & Details , Events , Inspiration

November 20, 2008

National Tree Week - Trees Offer

Celebrate your wedding and Tree2mydoor's 5th Birthday, save money and give native trees to your wedding guests with this excellent HALF PRICE TREES OFFER!

During National Tree Week the online tree gifts company is offering customers a massive 50% discount for all native tree gift orders placed on Wednesday the 26th of November through to Sunday the 30th of November. Saving you over £12 per native tree!

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Tree2mydoor's native tree gifts include one native tree with tree care guide and one greetings card that you can personalise at time of order. The trees are individually boxed in unique packaging and can be mailed to your chosen recipient so they make perfect wedding gifts, or order enough for wedding favours and send your guests home with a little green gift of their own.

This generous offer is only valid for 5 days during National Tree Week 2008 so visit www.tree2mydoor.com/national-tree-week.asp to claim your tree now!

To claim the discount, simply use the following promotion code when placing an order online: 5thgift

Posted in Green Wedding Events , Gifts & Favours

November 19, 2008

I heart Christmas

Still not sure what to use for your Christmas wedding decorations? Here's an idea...

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Lovely hearts from POSH Graffiti would make beautiful Christmas tree decorations or tie your guests names on with ribbons for place names and they double up as wedding favours. If you haven't got a tree to decorate and don't want to have ribbon everywhere then their brilliant POSH Graffiti® on sticks can be use for all sorts of ideas - stick them into containers with your table decorations, use them to decorate your cake or pop one into every guest's desert and it will double up as a wedding favour. The ideas are endless.

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And using these decorations will make you feel good about the love you have to give because...

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Posted in Green Wedding Decorations & Details , Inspiration

November 18, 2008

Little black dress

little_black_party_dress.jpgChristmas would never be the same without the LBD! It's always been said that the little black dress is a woman's best friend - it will never date. Bring it out every season - day to night the obvious choice when you're going straight out to a Christmas party from the office.

You couldn't do better than buy this gorgeous Enamore princess line dress from our Eco Chic Boutique. It's made from a sustainable blend of hemp and tencel and has a silkey yoke detail and a ribbon sash (or you can personalise it with your own belt and accessories). The fabrics are gotgeously soft and move satisfyingly with your body.

Apart from a must have Christmas party dress this would be an ideal bridesmaid's dress. After the wedding your 'maid will be able to dress it up or down for every sort of going out.

Posted in Green Wedding Dresses & Gowns

November 10, 2008

Carbon neutral photography

Modern photography, by its very nature is pretty eco friendly - there are no chemicals used in the processing, you only use as much paper as you need for your official printed photographs and if you insist, you can have all your wedding photographs in digital form rather than choosing a wedding album, thus canceling out the printing process altogether.

So its hard to see how a wedding photographer would stand out from the crowd as having a more ethical business than others. But some go that extra mile and MyWeddingStory.co.uk is one of those. Having already committed to going carbon neutral when he joined GreenUnion in 2007, Jonathan achieved his goal and gained his certificate in January 2008.

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Here's how they did it...

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Posted in Green Wedding Photographers

November 06, 2008

Ethical jewellery practices

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The awful conflict that's currently growing in the Democratic Republic of Congo inevitably brings our thoughts back to gold and jewellery. This vast country has huge deposits of diamonds, gold and copper. And while the 870m dollar diamond industry provides work for around one million people in the DR Congo, diamond diggers earn less than one dollar a day and work in extremely dangerous conditions.

So it's always a worry that the jewels you choose could hold some dark and dirty secret. If you are determined to be as eco conscious as possible with your wedding plans and outfits, then the only way to be sure that your engagement rings and committment bands have come from completely ethical sources is to buy from a totally transparent company.

Bario-Neal is one of these. A collaborative work of designers Anna Bario and Page Neal who handcraft all their jewellery in Philadelphia, USA. Bario-Neal promotes total transparency, fair trade initiatives and the development of third party certification systems for ethical jewellery.

Their gorgeous collection is made from reclaimed metals derived from recycled jewellery or industrial materials, while diamonds and gems are sourced from the Tanzania Women Miners Association, TAWOMA. They sell on line but if you want to take a peek at their work and you just happen to be in New York, they'll be at the Metal Pop Up Shop opening at the Tribeca Issey Miyake Flagship store from 7th to 15th November.

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Posted in Green Wedding Jewellery

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