Sunday, February 18, 2007

Ethical Weddings Blog has moved!

If you're looking for the Ethical Weddings blog, we have moved! You can now find us at where we have two brides-to-be telling us all about the preparations for their big green day! To be kept updated on the latest Ethical Weddings developments, sign up for our newsletter. You can check out our Valentine's edition here. Happy planning! Katie & the EW Team

Wednesday, January 31, 2007

BBC worldwide wants ethical bride!

I have been contacted by BBC World Service Radio's flagship breakfast programme: The World Today. Ahead of the publication of a major UN report on Climate Change on Friday, they are looking to put together a selection of interesting stories about what individuals are doing to save the enviroment. If you are celebrating your ethical wedding this weekend or in the next few weeks, they would really love to have a chat with you! For more information, contact Karen Chan on 020 7557 2782 or at

Monday, January 29, 2007

The full story

After yesterday's post about the ethical Bradford bride, The Independent now have full details of the big green day here. Take care, Katie

Sunday, January 28, 2007

It's green up North!

We get a lot of requests for details of organic, fair trade and eco-friendly suppliers based in the North of England, as a lot of the ethical action seems to be going on down South... So we were happy to find the Yorkshire Post reporting on a green wedding for one of their native brides from Bradford, 24-year-old final year medical student, Jessica Randall. Jessica, whose now husband, Joe Carrick is a youth and children's worker, had spent time in Tanzania and witnessed the desperate poverty there. When Joe proposed therefore she was keen to focus on "getting married rather than having a big, white wedding". The pair celebrated the special occasion yesterday afternoon. Highlights of the day and the preparations included recycled wedding stationery, flowers grown in her mother's back garden, a conflict-free diamond engagement ring, and fair trade and organic food and wine. The only downside for hopeful green northern couples, the wedding itself took place in London! Read the article in full. If you are a northern bride or groom and are struggling to find suppliers, or have found some superb ones that you want to shout about, Alex, our Ethical Weddings coordinator in the North, wants to hear from you! Happy planning, Katie

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

A word from the Reverend...

This post, we are pleased to introduce Jan Harney, green vicar extraordinaire, who shares with us her thoughts on ethical weddings, and The Church of England's move greenwards... "The earth is an incredibly beautiful place. It was created with a perfect balance as a place for people, animals and plants to live, with all our food and even our medicines and beauty products around us for the picking, with a perfect rhythm to the seasons. Yet the way many of us choose to live our lives is threatening that fine balance. In this 21st century, we are becoming more aware than ever before of the damage that we are inflicting upon our planet, from climate change and soil erosion to pollution of our air and water, damage to the ozone layer and the extinction of some animals simply because they have nowhere to live and breed in safety. Green issues used to be seen as belonging to an ‘alternative’ and even vaguely Hippy lifestyle. Now environmental awareness is a stark reality with everyone being challenged to reduce, re-use, re-cycle. As individuals, we can all take it upon ourselves to reduce our own impact by trying to change the way we live, travel, work, rest and play, source food, use energy and dispose of our waste. A very popular phrase for this is that we should leave a very light ‘footprint’ on the planet. With that phrase in mind the Church of England launched a campaign and marked World Environment Day 2006 (Monday 5 June) by taking a further step forward in the campaign to ‘green’ the Church. The campaign is supported by a website, Shrinking the Footprint, and Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury, has taken a strong lead on this as he believes it to be a Biblical stance: The Lord God placed the man in the Garden of Eden to tend and care for it. Genesis 2:15 (New Living Translation) But caring for the planet is the responsibility of everyone who lives and breathes on it. And what better time to do that than when you leave the home of your childhood and start out in a new life as a married couple. Your wedding day is the launching of that new life and the ceremony itself is full of symbolism: The ring is a symbol of unending love If a bride’s dad walks her up the aisle he literally hands her over into the care and protection of her husband. This means he no longer has the right to exert influence but respects the right of the couple to make their own life choices When you walk towards the altar rail for final prayers the Vicar is actually physically taking you away from your families to begin a new independent relationship So to have an ethical wedding symbolizes to all family and friends gathered that this is the way you choose to live – in a way that honours God, each other and the planet. Fantastic I wish you all every possible blessing in your new lives Jan Harney (Rev'd) Thanks Jan! It is always interesting - and useful - to hear from the people behind the wedding ceremony. Why not read our interview with Belinda Chapman, a celebrant from Light on Life, who has an eco-approach to the ceremonies she conducts. If you are involved in the wedding or partnership ceremony and support the idea of an ethical wedding, please get in touch, we'd love to hear from you! Take care, Katie

Monday, January 08, 2007

Be a blogger bride...

At Ethical Weddings we're looking for ethical brides and green grooms to tell us about their plans for the big day. It could just be once a week, or once a fortnight, but we want to hear how you're getting on with your plans for a green wedding - to inspire others to follow you down the eco aisle! If this is something that tickles your fancy, drop us a line at Looking forward to hearing from you! Take care, Katie

Saturday, January 06, 2007

2007 Honeymoon heaven!

Happy New Year! I hope you had a good break and enjoyed the season's festivities. Christmas is such a romantic time of year, I'm sure there were a few fourth fingers wearing nice new rings come January...? But then it's back to work, the weather is dull and rainy and everything seems a little depressing. So, the perfect time to start thinking about holidays and planning your honeymoon! To give you a few ideas, why not take a look at our article for on finding a honeymoon with a heart... Take care, and wrap up warm! Katie