February 27, 2013

Perfect celebration partners

Today, we're absolutely delighted to welcome Jan Shillito of Celebration Ceremonies to let us into the secrets of how to avoid the pitfall of cookie cutter ceremonies and truly express your own personal values on your wedding day. Over to you Jan...

Do you, Green Union Reader take us, Celebration Ceremonies to be your partner in creating your unique ethical wedding?


When you imagine your perfect wedding day, like any other bride, you want it to be special. Whether it has traditional elements or a contemporary twist; whether it’s a small, simple affair or a larger gathering; or vintage glamour or shabby-chic style, it’s your day.

The difference is that you want your ethical values to be an integral part of the make-up of your day, whether that be sourcing locally produced or organic food or having a re-cycled or a hired wedding dress.

But it doesn’t have to stop there...

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Posted in Green Wedding Celebrants & Blessings , Wedding Planning

February 24, 2013

Share the love with PapaKåta

PapaKåta , the folks who specialise in hiring out kåta tents, the giant teepees that create utterly unique and truly magical party spaces, would like to invite you to their Spring Open Weekend in April.


They say all the best parties happen in a PapaKåta tent so here's your opportunity to see for yourself if you're planning to throw your green wedding up in Yorkshire or the North of England.

They'll be there from 10am 'till 4pm and really look forward to showing you their teepees in all their glory!

To book a time to chat through your plans get in touch on 0800 612 9692, email tellmemore@papakata.co.uk or feel free to just drop by on the day. Visit their website for more ideas and information.

WHAT: PapaKåta Spring Open Weekend

WHEN: 6th & 7th April from 10am to 4pm

WHERE: Escrick park Estate, Escrick, YO19 6EA - just 5 mins from York

Posted in Green Wedding Events , Inspiration , Marquees & Tents

February 18, 2013

The Story of an Ethical Wedding Ring

Lovely couple Lottie & Derek threw a stunning cliff-top wedding in Devon last Summer (they were lucky with the weather!) and fairtrade jewellers CRED have just launched a video featuring the wedding, Derek sharing their proposal story, and the background of their CRED wedding & engagement rings:

CRED Jewellery ~ The Story of a Wedding Ring from CRED Jewellery on Vimeo.

CRED Jewellery, the original pioneers in fairtrade jewellery, proudly boasts a totally transparent ethical supply chain. But you won't find anything in their of wedding and engagement ring collections that isn't gorgeous and up-to-the-minute in design terms.


For more information on CRED's credentials and their jewellery collections, check out their website.

Or search our wedding directory for more eco friendly engagement and wedding rings.

Posted in Green Wedding Conflict Free , Ethical Vendors , Jewellery

February 13, 2013

Share the Love with an ethical engagement

It's Valentine Day tomorrow and maybe you've decided to pop the question? You're just going to use a curtain ring for the proposal and let her choose a ring, you may also be thinking she'll want to not only go ethical but also individual. Steer her in the direction of April Doubleday one of the jewellers who is leading the ethical pack with her individually designed hand crafted jewellery.


On the use of gold, she says "I only use 18ct FTFM Eco gold as I have to know where exactly the gold I use was mined, insisting that workers have been fairly paid and that their working conditions are safe, hygienic and humane. It's also essential for me to know that no child labour has been used in the extraction of the gold. I use Colombian gold which is Fair Trade accredited by the Cred Foundation. Greg Valerio of that organisation traces the gold from source to customer every step of the way."

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Posted in Green Wedding Jewellery

February 05, 2013

Small is beautiful - Igloo Structures

We'd like to warmly welcome Igloo Structures to our growing band of eco friendly wedding tent suppliers.


We're always looking for something a little different to make your wedding stand out from the crowd, and Igloo certainly provides a unique alternative to the traditional plastic marquee or gazebo.


Described as a Bedouin Boudoir with a vintage twist, these unique tents are made in the UK out of heavy, weatherproof cotton canvas and locally coppiced chestnut poles. Influenced by world nomadic tents, the Igloo, and its sister tent the Garden Shade, can be furnished with Igloo's unique handmade furnishings.

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Posted in Green Wedding Marquees & Tents

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