September 27, 2010

Vintage teacup table decorations

teacup_centerpiece.jpgFlowers fade, but Martha Stewart Weddings came up with this idea of using beautiful vintage china as table decor. What's more, the china can be enjoyed long after the last dance and recycled yet again!

Collect cups and saucers from flea markets and charity shops, borrow them from family members or rent them from china rental companies like Pebble-in-the-Pond, Idyllic Days or Vintage Tea Sets. Stack them in an arrangement that suits your theme and secure the stacks with glue or cement (if you want to re use the china make sure you secure it with removable cement).

It will all come to life when you place tea light candles in the cups which have been enhanced with a single flower in each saucer. There you go, a super-inexpensive centerpiece that's graceful and unique.

Get more fabulous wedding inspiration from Marthastewartweddings.com

Posted in Green Wedding Decorations & Details , Inspiration

September 24, 2010

New ethical wedding dresses for 2011

For all you brides out there who've been waiting with bated breath for her new bridal range, we can finally give you a sneak preview of Lucy Tammam's latest ethical and fair trade wedding gowns for 2011.

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Just launched at New York Fashion Week's Nolcha, the showcase for independent designers, this absolutely stunning new range, created using peace silk, antique lace and organic cotton, has gone down a storm across the pond.

We can't wait to be able to offer these beautiful dresses in our Eco Chic Boutique, but we are going to have to be patient.

The new wedding gown designs will be available from January 2011. If you would like to be notified when we have them in stock please email us at info@greenunion.co.uk and we'll put you on the mailing list.

Meantime we have new stock of Lucy's beautiful Abbie wedding dress in all sizes. Abbie is made using 100% organic fair trade cotton satin and comes with a golden peace silk sash.

Posted in Green Wedding Dresses & Gowns , Ethical Vendors , News

September 23, 2010

Engaged eco-couples wanted for new BBC3 pilot

love_productions.gifAre you getting ready to say the big “I do”?

Love Productions are looking for young couples who are interested in taking a voyage of discovery with their partner - an experience designed to give their marriage a better chance of lasting the course.

You need to be planning to get married in the next 12 months and be willing to explore your relationship with your partner. You will need to be open with one another about what you want from your life together - your strengths and weaknesses as a couple. Every relationship has its problems and every couple have their issues - wouldn’t you want to try and make your relationship the best it can be before you take the plunge?

If you’re interested in taking part or just want to find out more in a confidential chat, then please email Sarah at sarah.pickering@lovewest.co.uk or call 0117 906 4350

Posted in Green Wedding Entertainment , Natural Nuptials , Press

Wondering what wedding tent to choose?

The Autumn wedding planning season is kicking off with a vengence now and there are loads of events coming up for you to keep track of and gather inspiration from.

First up is PapaKåta's Autumn Open Weekend taking place Saturday and Sunday 9 and 10 October and they tell us they’re looking forward to a great turn out. PapaKåta are the folks up in Yorkshire who specialise in hiring out Kåta tents, you know the giant teepees that are made with beautiful cotton canvas and sustainable birch poles and create utterly unique and truly magical party spaces.

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You’re all more than welcome to drop in at any point throughout the weekend to come say hello, have a glass of bubbles, toast marshmallows by the brazier and warm your cockles by the fire. But if you’d like an appointment with one of the Papa Peeps then just let them know your preferred time and they’ll pop it in the diary.

There will be demonstrations taking place on both days at 11.30am and 2.30pm by PapaKåta's operations manager Alan and the Papa crew, so even if you've already booked the Papa team for your wedding day and feel you may have all the details sorted, it may still be worth heading down to find out how to lift the sides, open the smoke flaps and have any of your logistical questions answered.

With flowers by the talented Kirsty at ‘Where Angels Play’ and local caterers ‘Saunts’ and ‘Kernalls’ there to tickle your taste buds with some warming winter fare, it promises to be a great weekend.

What: PapaKåta's Autumn Open Weekend
Where: Escrick Park Estate, Escrick, Yorkshire
When: Saturday 9th and sunday 10th October 2010

For more information or to book an appointment to chat with one of the Papa Peeps call 0800 6129692 or drop them an email at tellmemore@papakata.co.uk

Posted in Green Wedding Events , Inspiration , Marquees & Tents

Ethical jewellery shop opens in Philadelphia

As many of you may know, this spring our favourite stateside ethical jeweller, Bario Neal, started renovating an old skateboard shop to create their first store and open workshop. They have just let us know that the renovations are now complete and they had a grand opening of their brand new store last Saturday.

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We were really sorry not to have been able to be there to celebrate on such a great occasion, but everyone here at GU HQ wish them every success in their new venture.

If you live nearby do pop along and see designers Anna Bario and Page Neal handcrafting beautiful jewelry with reclaimed precious metals and ethically-sourced stones using low-impact, environmentally conscious practices in Philadelphia.

For more information, contact Bario-Neal Jewelry at 215.454.2164 or visit their website bario-neal.com

Posted in Green Wedding Ethical Vendors , Jewellery , News

September 01, 2010

Party themes and canvas tents

Conjure up an image of opulence and lavish living, flock fabrics in luscious rich colours, shabby-chic lamps and over the top chandeliers; meet in the summer scented garden by the two tall trees with your family and friends over a nice cup of English tea (in china cups of course); have your senses stimulated by warm orange and ochre amongst Moroccan lanterns and pretty fairy lights, sumptuous rugs and cushions; tread the grooves into the early hours within a cool minimalist interior and canvas washed with violet on a central dance floor, surrounded by seating and a handy bar – the party is bouncing at the first beat!

We're delighted to welcome Posh Frock & Wellies to our Wedding Directory. This brand new Cheshire based marquee and tent company specialises in providing beautiful and sumptuous surroundings for your wedding celebrations.

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The company's whole purpose in life is to make your wedding forever memorable by creating an intimate, warm and enticing tent interior.

Their marquees are the traditional type of canvas pole tents made from natural fabrics and a lot of their equipment is recycled. For instance, they say that unlike many other marquee companies, they carefully preserve and reuse all their flooring and interiors which helps to limit the company's impact on the environment and provides a wholesome and natural space for partying.

Owner Sarah Powell-Barker designs the marquee themes employing her unique perspective on the use of textiles, furniture and lighting. The perspiration is provided by the other staff, many of them women too, which means they do seem to have a more sensitive approach to preserving your precious gardens and lawns!

Posh Frocks & Wellies is founded on a firm and historic base within the marquee industry - Sarah’s husband’s great grandfather founded Barker’s marquees in South London in 1888!

For more information visit their website, email sarah@poshfrocksandwellies.co.uk or pick up the phone 01829 751979.

Posted in Green Wedding Inspiration , Marquees & Tents

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