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Ethical Engagement Rings and Wedding Bands

by Azure

ken + dana design crafts incredibly beautiful engagement rings and wedding bands, and is committed to ethical sourcing, fair trade and giving back. This eco-chic jewelry company uses recycled metals the the furthest extent possible, and their ring designs are inspired by the ebb and flow of love. Lovely, isn't it? Another great thing about ken + dana is its 'try before you buy' sample program. If you find your dream engagement ring on the ken + dana site, they'll send you a sample...

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Donate an Old Bridesmaid Dress, Score a New LBD!

by Azure

Do you have an old bridesmaid dress or two taking up space in your closet? I know I do! Thanks to The Dessy Group's just-launched NewlyMaid site, you can exchange those bridesmaid frocks you'll never wear again for a chic little black dress! Pretty sweet, huh? Simply mail your old bridesmaid dress (or a mother of the bride/social occasion gown) to NewlyMaid and they'll recycle the garment or donate the dress to the Clothes4Souls charity. So you can add this to your list of...

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Shabby Chic Garden Wedding in New Jersey: Leah and Tim

by Azure

Featured wedding by Michelle Jonne Photography     Shabby chic is the perfect way to describe the vibe of this Spring wedding in Hamilton, New Jersey. Leah and Tim chose the picturesque Sayen Gardens for their wedding venue and the day went off without a hitch! Every last detail was picture perfect, from the weather to the personalized details and most importantly... the lovely couple. They are a very casual, fun, loving couple and they planned an intimate wedding with only...

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Royal Wedding Giveaway: Princess For a Day Wedding Contest!

by Azure

Special to OneWed by Lisa W. for greenKarat On April 29, 2011, the same day as the Royal Wedding, SmartBrideBoutique.com will crown one lucky bride Princess for her wedding day. Giveaway items will be revealed daily, and the Grand Prize package includes over $13,000 worth of stylish and eco-friendly prizes to help a bride create her dream wedding. Today’s prize? $500 toward two custom, recycled wedding bands from greenKarat. Be green in honor of Earth Day and enter to...

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Earth-Friendly Engagement Rings and Wedding Bands

by Azure

      I had a feeling Etsy would be chockfull of eco-conscious custom pieces just for brides-to-be, and I was absolutely right! The rings pictured below are from various Etsy sellers, and each piece is more gorgeous than the last  I love the raw, organic feel of recycled jewelry and I think it's fabulous that you don't have to sacrifice style to go green. I mean... aren't these engagement rings gorgeous? They have just as much sparkle as non-green rings and they're kind...

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Eco-Friendly Wedding Flowers for Earth Day: 3 Ideas to Go Green!

by Azure

Special to OneWed by Lisa W. for FiftyFlowers.com Even if you want to be 100% Earth-friendly on your wedding day, there is no need to forgo fresh cut flowers. While it’s true that imported blooms may create a larger carbon footprint, you have options. The key is to ask the right questions to know exactly where your flowers are coming from. Keep an open mind and consider the many varieties of natural greenery to choose from. Simply ask your wedding florist to source flowers and...

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Incorporate Eco-Friendly Succulents into Your Wedding Flowers

by Azure

Looking to make your wedding green? Succulents are fantastic for incorporating an eco-chic vibe into your wedding decor. If you're wondering why succulents are praised as being eco-friendly, here's the scoop. These water-retaining plants require very little water to flourish, and they never die! Succulents last forever, just like your marriage Fresh-cut flowers are pricey and typically die within a few days. You can go far beyond the bridal bouquet and get super creative with...

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Eco Wedding Jewelry Alert:  Not all Rings are Created Eco

by Azure

Special to OneWed by Lisa W. for greenKarat Watch out, eco brides! Labels such as “recycled gold”, “Canadian diamonds” and “conflict free” can be misleading for couples shopping for green wedding and engagement rings. There is rampant greenwashing in the eco jewelry niche and green brides deserve the truth. Read about 3 eye-opening facts that will help you to spot misleading “green” claims and ask the right questions. But first, here are the 3 ways that you can...

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Stunning Sustainable Letterpress Wedding Invitations

by Azure

Luxe. Check. Chic and stylish. Check. Earth-Friendly. Check! These sustainable wedding invitations by Smock Paper are too gorgeous for words! First off, you can get the luxury of letterpress while being kind to the environment. Smock is the first U.S. stationery shop to offer printing on luxurious bamboo cardstock, and we love bamboo because it's a sustainable and renewable resource. And it makes some pretty delicious wedding paper, too! Smock's eco-chic wedding invitation...

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Eco-Beautiful Wedding Dresses and Cocktail Frocks by Sarah Seven

by Azure

Sarah Seven's eco-chic wedding dresses get me every time! This Portland, OR bridal designer crafts feminine, romantic wedding dresses and reception frocks, fusing vintage and modern effortlessly. Not only are these gowns gorgeous, but they're good to the environment, too! Seven uses both recycled vintage materials and natural fabrics (silk, wool, linens, cotton voile) to craft her lovely bridal gowns. And even better, a portion of every sale (5%) is donated to two well-deserving...

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Eco-Friendly, LGBT, Vote for the Best Bridal Blog for a Cause!

by Azure

The best blogs for a cause take a stance and stand up for what they believe in! Whether it's all about planning an eco-friendly wedding, or advocating for marriage equality, these blogs are dedicated to changing the wedding world. Help your favorite blog for a cause win our Best of the Best Wedding Blogs award! 1.A Practical Wedding: focusing on the marriage and not the insanity of the wedding, A Practical Wedding has a section devoted just to marriage equality and LGBTQ...

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Top Eco-Friendly Wedding Venues

by Azure

Happy Earth Day brideys! If you're planning a sustainable wedding, an eco-friendly wedding venue is a must. Check out these 4 fabulous eco-chic wedding locations for your earth-friendly I Do's! 1.Cedarwood Weddings, Nashville, TN: This picturesque wedding venue offers vintage wedding decor rentals- think antique silver, vintage crystal, wedding cake stands, rustic crates, birdcages, chandeliers, lanterns, linens, furniture, etc.- as part of their Perfect Wedding...

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Top Eco-Friendly Wedding Dress Designers for 2011

by Azure

Are you an eco-chic bride looking for an environmentally-friendly wedding dress designer? Then look no further! Here's our list of the top 5 eco-friendly wedding dress designers that may have the ONE for you! 1. Jessica Iverson Couture: made from natural silk chiffon and silk cotton satin, Jessica Iverson Couture wedding dresses are natural and beautiful. The eco-luxe fabric is embellished with dazzling beading or touches of lace, making these bridal gowns truly...

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Top Sustainable, Eco-Chic Wedding Trends for 2011!

by Azure

Our fabulous weekly guest blogger, Recycled Bride, is an expert when it comes to eco-friendly weddings! So when I saw her top 11 sustainable wedding trends for 2011, I couldn't wait to share! And it looks like a few of our top 10 wedding trends for 2011 match up perfectly! 1. Diamonds are no longer a girl’s best friend: Since Prince William proposed to Kate Middleton with a sapphire engagement ring, alternative gemstones are all the rage for popping the question in 2011. Brides...

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Eco-Friendly Special Occasion Shoes and Heels for Your Bridesmaids!

by Azure

About Recycled Bride The Eco-Fun Way to Outfit Your Bridesmaids-- Shoes, Shoes & more Shoes! Forget matchy-matchy dresses they'll never wear again! Now that it's your turn to walk down the aisle, don't you want to give your girls a bridesmaid look they'll love? Nobody likes the expense and the environmental waste associated with a one-time-wear frock, and it's nearly impossible to find a bridesmaid dress that will flatter every gal in your group. So what's the newest way to have...

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Go Green with Paperless Wedding Invitations

by Azure

Our fabulous contributors, Bride Buzz, kicked the week off with a very interesting, eco-chic post. We loved it so much we couldn't wait to share it with our Savvy Scoop readers! With the green weddings trend hitting full stride, a wedding-specific paperless invitation site was sure to hit the web... And it has! Greenvelope is here, and it's all the talk of the Bride Buzz office. Specializing in wedding stationery, this slick site makes designing & sending your wedding...

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Affordable and Ethical Engagement Rings by Recycled Bride

by Azure

About Recycled Bride Engagement season is here! More than 25% of all engagements happen between Thanksgiving and New Year's, and December is the most popular month for diamond ring sales. Last week, I had a great time talking to NBC News in Los Angeles about "The New Rules of Engagement Rings" because this year, the old rules are out the window! Couples are looking for affordable, ethical engagement rings that they can feel good about wearing. Read about five of my favorite rings...

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Alternative Wedding Flowers- Linen and Brooch Blooms!

by Azure

Special to OneWed by Bride Buzz Flowers are an essential part of any big day, but if disposable blooms aren’t part of your vision — you green bride, you — we here are Bride Buzz have a collection of bright, colorful and un-wiltable options to carry, toss and share on your Big Day. Our first pick?EmersonMade. Created by a husband-and-wife team, the creative enterprise creates the most adorable, hand-stitched linen blooms we’ve ever seen. The beautiful buds come in a...

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Ultimate Guide to Buying a Gently Used Wedding Dress

by Azure

About Recycled Bride The search is on! Brides of 2011 are looking for their dream wedding dress, and if you're one of the many brides-to-be who's considering buying a gently used wedding dress, congratulations! You're making a wise financial and environmental decision that will make you feel proud and beautiful on your big day. As the founder of Recycled Bride, I'm often asked about how brides-to-be can safely buy a gently used wedding dress online. How can you know if the dress...

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Savvy Steals Giveaway Winner: 50 Eco-Chic Save-the-Dates

by Azure

We've selected the lucky ducky winner of this week's Savvy Steal prize- 50 gorgeous birch wood save-the-dates from Night Owl Paper Goods! And the winner is... Shawna W! Congrats, Shawna! We know you had your eye on the flowering dogwood design, so you'll be well on your way with 50 free save-the-dates! Don't forget to email SavvyScoop@OneWed.com to claim your prize!

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Chance to Win 50 Eco-Chic Save-the-Dates This Week Only!

by Azure

Don't forget, lovely brides-to-be! One lucky winner will score 50 gorgeous save-the-dates (made from birch wood!) in the design of her choice. Check out how you can enter to win here! And many thanks to our fabulous Savvy Steals sponsor, Night Owl Paper Goods!

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Win 50 Chic, Unique Wood Save-the-Dates with this Week’s Savvy Steal!

by Azure

About OneWed's Savvy Steals Weekly Giveaway Night Owl Paper Goods creates handmade letterpress stationery and eco-chic wooden goodies in a "modern yet folksy" style. This fab stationery company offers 1,000 unique and whimsical cards, gifts and goodies, all of which are available via their online stationery shop, and in over 700 retail stores world-wide! But with this week's Savvy Steal, one lucky bride will score 50 FREE wooden save-the-dates from Night Owl! Whether you’re...

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Five Fabulous Green Gifts for Winter Bridesmaids by Recycled Bride

by Azure

About Recycled Bride Your winter wedding is near, and your bridesmaids are hard at work making sure to support you through last-minutes planning and see that your big day goes off without a hitch. How will you thank them? With eco-friendly gifts that keep them warm all winter and help contribute to a happier, healthier planet! Here are my top five picks for green gifts for winter bridesmaids: 1. Deliciously warm alpaca shawls from Global Goods Partners are Fair Trade treasures that...

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