September 25, 2012

The Wholeleaf Co. - the smartest use (ever!) for fallen leaves…

Usually, at this time of the year the mere mention of ‘fallen leaves’ makes my heart drop because it usually means raking for hours on end, clearing the leaves in my the garden and piling them in the leaf bin for next year’s leaf mould supply.


This time The Wholeleaf Co’s fallen leaf plates and bowls brought a smile to my face as there was absolutely no raking involved! Just perfectly formed plates, bowls and platters ideal for green wedding celebrations.


The Wholeleaf Co’s fantastic Palm Leaf Plates are made from the naturally shed leaves of the Areca palm trees growing in the lush green forests of Southern India - a renewable material. All they do to turn the leaf into a plate, bowl or platter is wash it in locally sourced spring water and heat-press it into shape. That's it! They don't use any chemicals, resins, agents, glues or anything else just the leaf, the Wholeleaf and nothing but the leaf, and some water.

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Posted in Green Wedding Caterers, Food & Drink , Decorations & Details , Ethical Vendors

September 19, 2012

Autumn teepee tent open weekend

Well, it's that time of the year again! Tent people all over the country will be opening their tipi tent flaps to the public over the coming autumn months.

Our friends at PapaKåta, the folks in the North of England who hire out Kata tents, the giant teepees that create utterly unique and truly magical wedding reception spaces, are the first to save the date.


For couples wondering what sort of tent space to choose for their weddings, this is a great opportunity to see these giant teepees in all their glory, talk to the people who work with them and get some ideas on how to decorate them.

What: PapaKåta Autumn Open Weekend
When: Saturday & Sunday 13th & 14th October 2012
Where: Escrick Park Estate, Escrick, YO19 6EA

Check out their website at to book a time to chat through your plans, get in touch on 0800 612 9692, email or feel free to drop in on the day.

Posted in Green Wedding Events , Marquees & Tents

September 13, 2012

All the fun of the green wedding fair

Very short notice, but Trafford Hall has just let us know about their wedding fair being held this weekend. It should be fun and will give you some great ideas if you're looking for a venue in Cheshire and some green wedding inspiration.



A magnificent Grade 2 listed building set in 14 acres of beautiful organically managed gardens, Trafford Hall is home to the National Communities Resource Centre, a registered charity offering training and support to those living and working in low-income areas across the UK to develop their skills, confidence and capacity to tackle problems and reverse poor conditions. Using Trafford Hall's facilities for your wedding can make a vital contribution to the charitable work undertaken there.


So why not go along and find out if you fancy throwing your own eco friendly wedding at this fabulous venue.

Where: Trafford Hall, Ince Lane, Wimbolds Trafford, Chester CH2 4JP
When: Sunday 16th September 2012 from 11am to 4pm

Free entry and arrival drink
Local, recommended wedding suppliers will be there to offer advice
Hair and beauty demos
Win wedding goodies worth up-to £2500

For more information go to Trafford Hall's website


Posted in Green Wedding Events , Venues , Wedding Planning

September 10, 2012

18th May 2013 wedding date available!

An update on our post last week about Welsh Green Weddings ...


They have just let us know that due to a cancellation they can offer the weekend of May 17th to 20th 2013 (wedding day Saturday 18th May) to another couple, so if you're still searching for the perfect place to tie the knot in an ethically green way in 2013, then the Ceridwen Centre in Carmarthenshire is worth considering.

Just email or phone 01599 370517.

Posted in Green Wedding News , Venues

September 06, 2012

Win the Old Dairy for your wedding!

Our lovely friends in Carmarthenshire, award winning Welsh Green Weddings, are throwing a Green Wedding Fair and Open Day at the end of September.


They'll be showcasing eco-chic wedding suppliers and providing an opportunity for everyone to come and see what they offer. Whether you're a couple in the throes of wedding planning or you live locally and want to see what they are all about, go along and join them for a day of fun.


Organic, fair-trade, recycled and vintage will feature heavily, from florists to photographers, plus music and canapes in between.


Entry is free and there's also a prize draw to win the Old Dairy as your wedding ceremony venue - a very good reason to go along!


Couples can book a slot with their wedding co-ordinator in advance - just email or phone 01599 370517.

When: Sunday 23 September 11am to 5pm
Where: Ceridwen Centre, Penybanc Farm, Drefelin, Nr. Drefach-Felindre, SA44 5XE

Posted in Green Wedding Entertainment , Events , Marquees & Tents

September 04, 2012

Luxury Bride Sample Sale 8 - 9 September, London

Have you heard about the Luxury Bride Sample Sale in London on the weekend of 8 and 9 September?

A two day sale event of luxury and ethical wedding dresses, shoes, accessories and underwear, including samples from the collections of two of London’s best kept secrets - hand crafted, ethereal couture bridal gowns from Tammam and luxuriously understated dresses with a quirky modern twist from Sabina Motasem.


They’re offering incredible discounts of up to 70% off and, with experienced wedding designers on hand to help you style and complete your look, it’s an event not to be missed!

Held at Atelier Tammam in Bloomsbury, you’ll find everything you need to complete your outfit under one roof, plus a selection of original vintage gowns from the Atelier’s collection – all with delicious cupcakes, guilt free nibbles and some bubbly thrown in.

So get along to Bloomsbury and pick up some wonderfully luxurious wedding bargains.

Location: Atelier Tammam, 5 Hastings Street, London WC1H 9PZ

Date: 8-9 September 2012 from 11:00 – 18:00

For more information email or

Posted in Green Wedding Dresses & Gowns , Events , News , Shoes & Accessories

September 02, 2012

Sshh… wedding yurts – fabulous spaces in beautiful places

A common theme coming from some of our visitor enquiries about the fabulous yurts that we advertise on Green Union seems to be: ‘they look amazing but what actually is a yurt and how can I use it for my wedding?’


So we asked new kids in the directory Sshh… who are based in Brighton, to elaborate and this is what they told us:

"A yurt is a traditional structure originating in the high mountain steppes of central Asia, designed to be portable enough to be carried by yak (or truck in our case) to pretty much anywhere. The concertinaed lattice design is quick to set up while the beautiful roof ribs and their positioning actually act to streamline the yurt and protect it in the event of heavy winds and snowfall. Once the frame is up, the yurt is covered with a breathable canvas to keep out the rest of the weather and insulate the structure, while giving it a nice warm glow inside.


Yurts are a great alternative to the traditional marquee for your wedding; a beautiful and atmospheric space in which to celebrate with family, friends and guests. Our bespoke event and wedding Yurts feature higher walls than a standard Yurt, providing a spacious and light space, whilst retaining the warmth which Yurts are renowned for. A simple yet classic cream-coloured canvas forms the outer layer, with a traditional wooden interior that permits you to decorate to your own taste and style, all manufactured here in the UK. The specially designed hard floor is also raised off the ground so you can celebrate for as long as you like, regardless of the weather. It also means you can have a dining area, bar and dance floor all under one roof. The intrinsic wheel-like design of the yurt crown floods the space with natural light and the breathable cream canvas cover allows soft light to suffuse the space, creating a warm yet fresh environment.


The yurts can be podded together; this is simply done by joining one yurt to another to create different room-like spaces. It also provides the possibility of a larger space, as well as offering a variety of design options to suit your specific requirements. ”

What we also love about Sshh…Yurts is that their tents are made by British craftsmen using sustainable British timber and real cotton canvas right here in the UK, and their commitment to keeping their carbon footprint to a minimum is extremely high.

To find out more about their yurts and talk about using one for your wedding take a look at their website, email Sshh... at

Posted in Green Wedding Ethical Vendors , Marquees & Tents , Venues

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