Yesterday, Fab You Bliss Preferred Vendor Marcie Muehlke – owner of Celia Grace eco and fair wedding dresses and accessories – took over the blog with her Ethical Weddings Feature Part 1. Today she’s back again to finish up with part two of this new wedding trend!
As discussed yesterday, how to “do” an ethical wedding is really quite easy. It simply involves making sure you’re securing products and/or services that are local and fair. In part 1 we looked at the “Dress” and “Flowers”. And today we’ll get into the topics below.
Finger Food & Dinner: Appetizers and sides and entrées oh my! There is so much to think about for food at your wedding. Here’s a treat…ethical food – be it local or fair – is usually excellent because you’ll get the best and freshest ingredients. And these people really love food. So why think about all those pesticides and unhappy farm workers (and the carbon footprint behind that strawberry in Maine in January) when you have such enticing alternatives:
Local ~ Visit your farmer’s market, search for nearby restaurants that use local ingredients, or ask your caterer to use local, organic, or in-season produce for your wedding. Getting married in the Boston area? Chive Sustainable Event Design & Catering offers personalized menus based on what is in season at local organic farms, zero waste, and so much more…flowers, rentals (very eco!), bar, design, and the list goes on.
Fair ~Unless you live in Hawaii (Aloha!) there is no way you can get locally-grown coffee. So why not use delicious, feel-good coffee like Dean’s Beans Organic and Fair Trade Coffee. Organic means it is healthy for you and the families who grew it. And fair trade means the farmers were paid a fair wage. And bonus–it is roasted right here in Massachusetts. If Dean’s Beans is not near for you, ask your local coffee roaster what fair trade coffee they offer or ask your caterer to use fair trade coffee and tea for your event.
At the bar: Let the fun begin!
Local ~ Using a local brewery is probably a no-brainer at this point, but it is just too fun NOT to get into. Just think – a local beer or wine adds local “flavor” to your event, will be bright and fresh, and organic is always a plus. What is my favorite beer here in western New England you ask? People’s Pint, mm-mm-mm. Going there for dinner and to sample their beers? Ride your bike and get a discount, this is an awesome company. Check for local spirits too. Just don’t forget to read the rest of this article before you go out to start sampling local brews…
Fair ~ Want to offer a truly unique cocktail? How about an ethical elixir made with award winning quinoa-based vodka from Fair Spirits? I’ve also seen several fair trade wine options at my local Whole Foods Market or ask your venue if they can source a fair trade or organic option. Even if they can’t, you’ll get them thinking about it for the next couple who asks, so KUDOS to you!
Local & Fair ~ As far as I know, “local gold” isn’t really a “thing” and mining this precious metal is extremely polluting, so stick with recycled gold (or choose something else) whenever you can. This country is full of amazing local jewelry makers – so look and ask around – and then see if they will repurpose your old family jewelry or use recycled metals and stones. There are also some great options for companies that specialize in recycled gold jewelry made in the USA, like Green Karat (which is third party certified. That always makes me happy!). Other jewelers use recycled or fair trade gold and jewels, like Barbara Michelle Jacobs based in New York and California-based Sulusso.
Thank You Gifts & Decorations
Local ~ There are tons of great options for decorations and gifts that support your community and local artisans and are eco friendly. The Green America Green Pages and Etsy Local are great resources for this as is your local Chamber of Commerce or a craft fair. Look for recycled, local, or organic content or consumables that won’t end up in a landfill.
Fair ~ Fair trade chocolate is a delicious way to end your big day and “minis” are a great option for your budget (check out Equal Exchange and Divine Chocolate, yum!). You can also visit Ten Thousand Villages (online or there is probably a store near you). Or check out SERRV and the Fair Trade Federation. My favorite option? The perfect combination of local, eco and fair: Prosperity Candle chooses fair trade candle vessels, helps the local Massachusetts refugee population, and uses wax and wick options that are good for you and the planet.
And there you have it, lots of really great ideas for having an ethical wedding. If you haven’t seen part 1, be sure to check it out here.
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Author Marcie Muehlke is the owner of Celia Grace eco and fair wedding dresses and accessories and is an ethical, eco, local, fair trade, and wedding enthusiast.
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