December 19, 2008

Happy Christmas

It's been quite a year!

Year of the Frog, Olympics, Obama, black holes, Planet Earth, glorious green weddings...
Now it's time for a break, for family and friends.

Whilst we're off for the Christmas hols, we know you'll be planning for your 2009 (or 2010) weddings so we leave you with ideas for your green wedding, a list of the finest ethical wedding suppliers and beautiful hand made and eco friendly products to buy.

If you're worried about the credit crunch and wondering how to promote your eco friendly wedding business find out more here.

So, celebrate and rejoice, it's a beautiful world. We'll see you on the other side.

Till then...

Posted in Green Wedding Seasonal Celebrations

December 17, 2008

Christmas countdown competition

advent_calendar.jpgWith Christmas being the new 'C' word we thought a bit of festive cheer is in order, so we have 24 surprise gifts from Green Union partners and GreenUnion Eco-Chic Boutique to give away.

For a chance to win one, all you have to do is give us your top tip for making green weddings a pure joy. It can be a money-saving idea, an eco tip, a stress-saving suggestion, a decorating idea or any unique thought. Simply tell us in no more than 60 words on the form below.

Then check out our online advent calendar each day in December till Christmas Eve where the most original ideas and winning entries will be revealed.

There'll be some handy tips from us too!

Enter now for some Christmas fun and help make everyone's green wedding a true celebration!

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Posted in Green Wedding Giveaways , Inspiration

Don't Tell the Bride

don't_tell.jpgAre you dreaming of the perfect day?
Is ‘the green wedding’ your favourite topic of conversation?
Do you have hundreds of ideas but not hundreds of pounds?
Do you think your man can pull off the ultimate wedding of your dreams?
If so then Don't Tell the Bride is looking for a unique couple and has £12k to make your big day.
Or call: 020 7479 4210


Posted in Green Wedding Events , News , Press

December 15, 2008

Make your own Christmas door wreath

door_wreath.jpgWe've been making our own Christmas door wreaths today, one for ourselves and the rest to give to friends as naturally gorgeous and seasonal Christmas gifts. We collected moss and greenery from the garden, twigs from the hedgerows, conkers, cones and bark from the woods and embellished the whole thing with dried hydrangeas, lichen and raffia.

It made me think that some of you enterprising brides may be wondering how to make one for your own big day. You can find detailed instructions of how to make a similar Christmas door wreath on Snapdragon Garden's blog.

Once you've worked out the fundamentals, then don't be afraid to experiment to your heart's content using all sorts of seeds, fruits, leaves, twigs and seasonal flowers. What you come up with will be a unique reflection of your own green wedding and it'll be a fabulous welcome to guests on your wedding day.

Posted in Green Wedding Decorations & Details , Flowers , Inspiration

December 10, 2008

Holiday discounts from Bario-Neal

bario_neal_bl.jpgHappy Holidays from Bario-Neal!

For the month of December, in the holiday spirit, Bario-Neal are offering all customers a 35% discount on any jewellery from the Alluvial & Camac Collections. You can visit their website at & use the discount code BN35OFF when checking out.

Also tomorrow 11 December they will be at Arcadia Boutique in Philadelphia for a holiday trunk show from 6-9 pm. They are also part of a holiday sale at Secret Project Robot from 11am - 7pm in Brooklyn on Saturday the 13th.

If you're Philadelphia or Brooklyn get on down there!

Bario-Neal jewellery is handcrafted in Philadelphia with reclaimed precious metals; ethically-sourced stones; and low-impact, environmentally conscious practices. 1% of all Bario-Neal profits is donated to the Association for Responsible Mining.

Posted in Green Wedding Gifts & Favours , Jewellery

December 09, 2008

Want to be a TV star?

Here's an opportunity to star in an exciting new series for Living TV called ‘Four Weddings’. It follows four brides who attend and 'judge' each others wedding, giving every aspect of the day, from the food to the dress, a score. The bride with the highest score at the end wins an amazing honeymoon (though we haven't ascertained whether it's an eco friendly one).

Iona Mackenzie of Living TV is looking for brides that are getting married between January and July 2009 and are interested in taking part.

All you need to do is email Iona for further information (all applicants must be over 18).

Posted in Green Wedding Entertainment , News

December 04, 2008

East London Design Show

The East London Design Show is not to be missed as a shopping stop in your December calendar. Lets face it why bother with stressful Oxford Street when you can get cleaver/handmade/interesting gifts right from the makers...

5th December from 12noon till 8pm
6th & 7th December from 10am till 6pm
Shoreditch Town Hall - Liverpool Street or Old Street tube stations (10 minutes walk from either).
Buses: Routes 5, 22A, 35, 47, 48, 55, 67, 78, 149, 242 and 245 stop nearby.


Posted in Green Wedding Events , Gifts & Favours

December 03, 2008

In the news again!

Lyndsay Dolan on Country Mix 106.8FM talked to us here today at GreenUnion HQ. On her programme Dublin's Talking she wanted to find out more about why people who choose to throw a green wedding and what sort of weddings they turn out to be. Naked on the beach wasn't one of them! We had a lovely chat and the music by Lisa Hannigan was magical.

Posted in Green Wedding News , Press

December 02, 2008

French leave 2

GreenUnion is back in France again having just featured in a short film with French public TV company France 5. The programme is part of a series called 'Les Report-Terre' (Report Earth) where ten young reporters have travelled throughout Europe to discover and bring to light environmental issues and initiatives for sustainable development. In each European country, they've investigated a diverse range of environmental and ecological initiatives.


Of course they came to GreenUnion to find out more about our pioneering work in sustainable weddings and celebrations. They loved what they saw and say that the programme, Les Noces Vertes was been rated as one of the best they did. If you understand French, then enjoy - if you don't its still fun to watch.

Thank you to all our partners who gave up valuable time to assist in the filming. Tim & Angela Malyon of Coombe Farm, April Doubleday, Wendy Kauffman, Lynne Salvage of Maddy Sinclair, David Ames, Alison Court - Celebrant, Sally Humpries of Manic Organic, Jackie Brown - Celebrant and Georgie Faulkner-Bryant of Big Beautiful Bunting Co.

You can read about the September day we did the filming in French Leave.

Posted in Green Wedding News , Press

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