Green Wedding Blog

Jul
29
2014
Colorful vintage wedding dress on a real green bride with one shoulder
We’ve talked about non-traditional wedding gowns and how they can reduce your carbon footprint by being reused and recycled. Also, it’s nice that an offbeat wedding dress or wedding dress rental can be significantly less expensive than buying a traditional wedding dress. But reasons and motive aside - what do non-traditional wedding dresses actually look like? The sky’s the...
Jul
29
2014
Bridal ballet flats made in the USA
Looking for comfortable bridal ballet flats that are not made in China?Image: Carolyn Scott PhotographySoft Star Shoes is a company in Corvallis, Oregon that was founded twenty-five years ago by Tim Oliver and his wife Jeanie. What makes Soft Stars Shoes special is the workmanship, variety of styles and colors, and the comfort provided by the superior quality of leather. This company understands...
Jul
28
2014
sapphire engagement rings are sustainably sourced
Are you thinking about buying a conflict-free non diamond engagement ring? The 2006 movie Blood Diamond turned the spotlight on conflict diamonds - diamonds mined in Africa that fund devastating civil wars - and brides across the nation have since been searching for alternatives. The perfect ring should represent an eternity of happiness with your partner, not pain and suffering for others and...
Jul
25
2014
deluxe treehouse in belize with an king bed with natural latex mattress
You’re dreaming about a destination wedding but that nagging voice in your head is concerned that the carbon footprint is starting to cause more stress than the Big Day itself. Stop worrying because Hamanasi Adventure and Dive Resort in Hopkins, Belize will give you the green destination wedding of your dreams. This eco-friendly wedding venue and honeymoon escape offers the romantic, hassle-free...
Jul
24
2014
non-toxic nail polish for your wedding
While there is no truly “green” nail polish for DIY wedding nails, according to eco beauty expert Traci Reazer, the Mineral Fusion Nail Polish ($7.99 each) comes close. The long-wearing and chip-resistant formula is free of formaldehyde, toluene, camphor and dibutyl phthalate and developed with the highest ingredient standards to ensure a safe and effective product. They have colors to match...
Jul
23
2014
yellow bridal face mask for detoxifying
This non-toxic homemade face mask recipe can make all the difference when prepping your skin for your green wedding.  Are you craving a radiant complexion for your wedding day? As a bride-to-be, I know I am! I was inspired to create this D.I.Y. Beautifying Bridal Mask by one of my favorite green juice recipes. I mix powerhouse spices and herbs with...
Jul
22
2014
register for a kitchen with a cash gift registry
A money wedding registry offers the flexibility to go green for your honeymoon, your home and your life beyond the big day.  Dilemma: You’d rather sail to Greece than find a place to put a gravy boat, or own your home before you own all that goes inside. Dare you ask for what you want? Yes! A cash wedding gift registry is the polite way to communicate what would be best for you right now....
Jul
21
2014
white wedding gown from behind
How much of what you think you know about wedding dress traditions is actually myth? Most brides think that a “traditional wedding dress” is white, long, with a train, undoubtedly expensive, newly bought, chosen by the bride, and meant to be worn only once. Right? Wrong. Image: Pure Bliss Bridals Not only is the "traditional wedding dress,” as described above, potentially harmful to the...
Jul
17
2014
how to apply three color eyeshadow
For a more natural day, you can DIY wedding makeup at home with products that have already been vetted for safer ingredients – for you and for the planet. Here are some tips for popular DIY wedding makeup looks, paired with inexpensive non-toxic products you can pick up at your local Whole Foods Market. Image: Sarah Rhodes Photography  Use this guide to experiment with timeless combinations...
Jul
16
2014
A simple backyard green wedding story
Portland-based newlyweds Dan and Aimee Levens' green wedding story illustrates their commitment to simple and sustainable living. When the couple began planning for their wedding, making the event eco-friendly was a must. “We wanted to make sure our day was about us first and foremost,” says the bride, “and we wanted to keep everything else incredibly simple. To me, green and simplicity go hand-...