Ethical & Eco-friendly Wedding planning
I’m planning an ethical & sustainable wedding from the ring to the dress to the party favors & more. We wanted to celebrate our love with vendors and brands who celebrate love for other people and the planet. Be part of this wedding planning journey with me. I’ll be sharing tips & tricks, great vendors and brands to consider, and more. All up to the big day which I’ll share photos & re-caps of too! If you’re a bride-to-be looking to plan a conscious wedding, this is definitely a good resource for you! I’m doing all the research and very willing to share in hopes that we can make the wedding industry more ethical & sustainable.
MiaDonna is an incredible ethical, sustainable company revolutionizing the diamond and jewelry industry! I’m loving my MiaDonna engagement ring! Here are 8 fun facts about my ethical engagement ring.
MiaDonna is revolutionizing the jewelry industry with their eco-friendly engagement rings & Home Try-On program. MiaDonna uses lab-grown diamonds and recycled materials to craft beautiful engagement rings. Not only are their rings ethically crafted & eco-friendly, but MiaDonna gives back too!!! MiaDonna plants a tree on your behalf for each order placed AND donates a minimum of 5% of profits to the Greener Diamond Foundation which works to restore the lands and lives damaged by the active diamond mining industry.
Engagement rings and wedding bands are a symbol of love, but unfortunately many of them are made through unethical practices, harming humans and the environment. My engagement ring is the Crown Vintage Engagement Ring!I am absolutely in love! The detail is absolutely gorgeous! It is so beautiful, I don’t even have words! You’ll have to see it in person (or in pictures).
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.
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.
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!
There’s quite a pressure from society that you have to be engaged or “find the one” by the time you’re in your early/mid-20s and that’s just wrong. I’m at that uncomfortable age of 22 where half my friends are engaged (including myself) and the other half are convinced they’re going to die alone. You might be sitting at your computer screen chuckling, but I’m not kidding. Some of my closest friends literally think they’re going to die alone and it breaks my heart that these strong, independent women are beat down because of this pressure society creates that we need to have our “other half.” That you, yourself, are not enough.
Jake & I met about nine years ago during our freshman year of high school. We were both in band. For the first few years of high school we were really good friends and ran with the same crowd.