24 Ethical & Sustainable Wedding Gifts Under $100

Heading to a wedding to celebrate love? Consider getting the newly wed couple a gift made with love! These ethical wedding gifts are all under $100 and focus on sustainable, fair trade, & eco-friendly values. The newly wed couple is sure to love a sustainable wedding gift that shares a story.

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5 Benefits of a Long Engagement

Having a long engagement has been wonderful for us. Jake and I decided to have a long engagement for a few different reasons. When we got engaged he was starting a new job and we were moving across the country…so not prime wedding planning time. Also, for my sanity and mental health I needed to know I had a lot of time to figure things out. AND because the slow living, conscious consumer fanatic in me wanted to plan wedding to be as socially responsible as possible. I wanted to find vendors who give back, care about other people and the plant, and work with brands who actually celebrate love through their missions. Honestly, it’s made wedding planning so much fun because I love the stories and missions some of my wedding vendors are sharing! (Can’t wait to share with you) The process of discovering these meaningful vendors is making our wedding that much more meaningful. Besides my personal ties to the hearts of my vendors, here are a few reasons I think long engagements are great.

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Eco-friendly Save the Dates & Wedding Stationery from Botanical PaperWorks

I’m so excited to share our save the dates with this conscious community! Our sustainable save the dates from Botanical PaperWorks are made with seed paper and I’m obsessed. Our friends and family can actually plant the save the date, the paper will compost down, & the seeds will sprout into wildflowers! How cool?

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Ethical Wedding Jewelry by Kind Karma

It’s so exciting to see ethical jewelry brands like Kind Karma expanding into the wedding scene. The wedding industry needs more socially responsible brands and it’s wonderful to see brands I work with leading the way. Kind Karma is a meaningful, minimalist jewelry line empowering at-risk and transitioning homeless youth in Toronto . With their recent expansion into wedding jewelry Kind Karma is working to make social impact part of celebrating special days!

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6 Tips for Taking Photogenic Engagement Pics for the Anxious Bride to Be

Believe it or not I’m extremely uncomfortable in front of a camera. I know our engagement pictures look like we’re perfectly comfortable in front of the camera….but yes, even as a blogger I’m camera shy. I’m lucky to be surrounded by creative friends who are able to make me laugh and help me out when it comes to photography for my blog. And lucky for me, I had a similar situation with engagement photos. BUT I know not everyone has a Sarah in their life who happens to be your best friend and a lady boss running Our House Photography. Here are a few tips & tricks for taking photogenic pics & feeling confident in front of the camera.

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A Conscious Bride's Bridesmaid Ask

We’re a little less than a year away from our wedding day and I wanted to do something special for my bridesmaids & ask them to be part of my special day. Since my bridal party is spread out between six different states, I put together some fun, socially responsible bridesmaid ask boxes that I mailed out to some of my favorite ladies. Check out the goodies I included.

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6 Things I've Learned In 6 Months of Living with my Significant Other

This summer Jake & I moved to Seattle together! Here are a few things we are learning from being engaged and living together. 1) It’s important to make time for each other. What? But you’re living together…despite the fact that you live together and see each other everyday, it’s still so important to carve out time to do things together. Life is chaotic and with jobs + pets + the craziness of life. It can be easy to let quality time go by the wayside because you see each other everyday. But just simply seeing each other isn’t enough. Spending quality time together & doing things as a couple helps keep the spark alive.

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4 Eco-friendly Wedding Invitation & Stationery Brands

Eco-friendly and sustainable wedding invitations (and save the dates) are a great way to kick off your conscious wedding planning. Let your guests know you want to celebrate your love with some love for the planet. Here are four eco-friendly wedding invitation brands that are serious about sustainability and design. These brands have other wedding paper goods and stationery products as well which is great. For the simplicity of this post I’m just chatting wedding invites, but definitely check out their eco-friendly thank you notes, menus, save the dates, and all the other paper products you might need!

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How's the Wedding Planning? A Sustainable Wedding Update

As most of you know Jake & I got engaged over the summer! And I’ve made it my mission, as The Honest Consumer, to plan a sustainable & socially responsible wedding…or at least as conscious of a wedding as I can plan because I’m not so sure that the wedding industry is 100% there yet. From the ring (learn about my MiaDonna ethical engagement ring here.) to the reception, I’m trying to make responsible decisions and support businesses who care about people, the planet, and the greater good. We finally settled on a date in March 2020…if you’re going to try to lecture me on having a long engagement please refer here. Now that you’re caught up and the sass is out of the way here’s an update on the sustainable wedding plans….it’s a slow process!

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