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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My Experience Dress Shopping for a Sustainable Wedding Dress

And so the journey to planning an ethical & sustainable wedding continues! When I first started researching ethical & sustainable wedding dresses, I found a decent amount of online wedding dress companies that specialize in made to order wedding dresses which is great. But as someone who had no idea what kind of dress I wanted….I didn’t feel comfortable ordering a wedding dress online. Plus I wanted the wedding dress shopping experience, trying them on until you find the one! Luckily I discovered Brides for a Cause. Brides for a Cause is a non-profit bridal boutique that sells wedding dresses for charity. This unique bridal shop focuses on collecting & reselling wedding dresses while empowering women.

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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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Brides for a Cause: Selling Wedding Dresses for Charity

Brides for a Cause is a non-profit bridal boutique that sells wedding dresses for charity. This unique bridal shop focuses on collecting & reselling wedding dresses while empowering women. The proceeds from wedding dresses sold are donated to woman focused charities. Since opening in 2012, Brides for a Cause has collected over 10,000 wedding dresses and donated over $700,000 to their charity partners.

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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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