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Eco Friendly Wisdom

Image by Floral By Nature  The whole concept of a bride carrying flowers is rooted in ancient symbolism and a little bit of practicality. Flowers were used to ward off evil spirits or signify fidelity, fertility and a long happy life. They were also carried to disguise body odour… nice! Traditionally, flowers used in the bouquet

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Image by Leon SchootsWhilst most people have heard of the likes of the paddock-to-plate ‘slow food’ movement, fair-trade coffee and slow fashion, fewer have stopped to think about where their flowers come from and how they’re grown. Sustainability, provenance and ethics apply to flowers too and in this article you’ll get some tips on how

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Image via Dan the Man CookingWhy choosing ‘ethical catering’ is the best approach How lucky are we that we live in a world where we’re spoilt for choice? Different restaurants, a variety of cuisines and many food styles for the parties we throw. When it comes to planning our weddings, initially – we are so

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Fair trade gold and known source gems by Ash HiltonWhen it comes to wedding planning, it’s easy to become overwhelmed with all the ‘must- haves’. Ask any wedding professional, and they will tell you the couples who enjoy their wedding the most are those that embrace simplicity. Somehow all the extra stuff leads to extra stress.

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I guess the first thing you need to know is ethical jewellers don’t necessarily wear hemp trousers and have incense burning.  There’s this thing that happens when you mention the word ‘ethical’ – there is sometimes still a lingering assumption that somehow anything to do with ethical products is a bit, well, hippie…. crafty… new

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Image via Nina Hamilton PhotographyIt is often assumed that an eco-friendly wedding entails a compromise in style, yet it’s actually the opposite! Eco-ethically focussed suppliers are usually small businesses, creating by hand and with love, or with materials that aren’t available on a larger scale.Farmer-Florists may grow heirloom flowers that aren’t ordinarily available. A sustainable

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Pearl Button Bridal by Sandra Henri PhotographyEnjoying a long career photographing weddings, it was a ‘mid life opportunity’ that drew Sandra on another path. Having witnessed the trend toward lavish and extravagant weddings, it was clear that there was less and less meaning centred around the two people actually saying ‘I do’. Returning from time

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Working on The Green Issue has been such a joy. Talking to and learning from eco-friendly wedding vendors has truly been eyeopening. I love that no matter who we are or what we do, we can always find ways to do things better, smarter and that have less of a negative impact on the environment.Today

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The conversations around climate change, plastic pollution and the war on waste is enough to make anyone planning their wedding day want to be more environmentally friendly. I know it was for us. When we think about weddings the images conjured up are usually far from eco. But what if I told you a wedding

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Image via Katie and Tyler’s Whimsical Hunter Valley Wedding, photography by Samuel Jacob PhotographyWhat better time to celebrate the beautiful earth or make good on any of your eco related resolutions for the year than at your wedding. We have been inspired by the large number of companies taking a stance on environmental issues and

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If you’re on the journey to more clean and sustainable living, you’ll likely also have started hunting for more natural products and services for your wedding day. Choosing a venue is the starting point for most events. One eco-friendly alternative to a marquee is to get married outdoors in a hand made yurt.Although these structures

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Going green! This month on Polka Dot Bride, we are exploring waste-free and sustainable weddings. Unfortunately, throwing a big event often results in a tonne of waste, from the leftover food and the dress that is just worn once, to the confetti that is tossed into the air then almost immediately is swept up and

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