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Wedding Wednesday: Fair Trade Flowers

Flowers! They offer that wonderful final touch to a wedding.  Flowers, especially fair trade flowers, bring it all together; from the bouquets, to the boutonnieres, to the center pieces, I love them all! Perhaps it’s clear that I hold flowers in high esteem.  Anything that is brings such loveliness can only be held with high esteem.  Therefore, let me present to you some fair trade flowers that you could incorporate into your wedding day. All of the shops that I am featuring, which sell fair trade flowers are online but be sure to ask your local florists if they sell fair trade flowers or if they would consider selling them.

Have a wonderful day – Dawn

fair trade wedding flowers

800flowers yellow roses

These lovely yellow fair trade roses can be found at 1800Flowers.com.

DCF 1.0

One World Flowers sells fair trade roses as well as fair trade calla lilies.


ftd orange roses

You can find another selection of beautiful fair trade roses at FTD as well.

Wedding Wednesday: Fair Trade Wedding Favors

Fair Trade Favors

When I was planning my wedding there were a lot of things I decided on along the way and with the help of my friends and family but there was one thing I knew for sure; I wanted fair trade wedding favors.  For a few years leading up to my wedding I had been involved with a group, which promotes the use of fair trade so I was familiar with the beautiful and unique items that could be used as favors.  A visit to Ten Thousand Villages in Cleveland where I am from introduced me to some great choices and ultimately we went with little stone boxes made in Vietnam.

Here are a few of my favorite fair trade wedding favor ideas from Seven Hopes United.


You could choose a few colors or two colors, one to represent each person getting married.

Eco Friendly Brazil Nut Candles

recycled hearts

A beautiful little keepsake, which people could keep in their pockets and which will remind them of your wedding.

Recycled Sea Glass Hearts


You could even put lovely quotes about marriage inside for your guests.

Decorative Gourd Container – Leaf

How to Register for Your Wedding with Seven Hopes United!

me and bouquet

On Wednesday, we left you with the promise of Wedding Wednesdays here on the blog. Along with summer comes warm evenings, freshly mowed lawns, softball games in the park and—you guessed it—weekends filled with weddings. Are you one of those summer blushing brides gearing up for your own big day?

If so, we want to invite you to have a different kind of registry for your wedding. One that will make the world, as well as your own home, a more beautiful and meaningful place. Our handcrafted bowls, dishes, decorative items and more display the creativity and heart of our artisans and will add an extra dose of love to your wedding day.

When you register with Seven Hopes United, you’re choosing a gift registry that gives back. Consider this:

“For some brides, the whole process of registering for lavish home goodies can seem a tad bit self-indulgent. But thanks to our new friends at Seven Hopes United, we’ve found the perfect solution for couples who would rather give than receive.” ~ GetMarried.com

Would you rather give than receive? {And stock your new home with unique, practical “married life” necessities at the same time?} Then head to the registry section of our Website and check out how easy the process is.

The principle behind Seven Hopes United gift giving is that your gift works in two ways:

1. You are giving the gift of hope and a future to people who need it most.
2. By making giving fun, innovative and convenient, your friends and family will feel good about the help their gift is giving.

In addition, for every 10 items purchased from your gift registry we’ll make a donation in your honor. Your gift of mosquito nets will help protect a family against malaria and other deadly insect-borne diseases.You can also feel good knowing that 10% of guests’ gift purchases from Seven Hopes United will be invested in community development initiatives throughout Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East. This donation is made at no additional cost to you or your guests.

And if you don’t receive everything you registered for? For up to 6 months after the date of your event, you’ll receive a 10% discount toward the purchase of any remaining registry items.

Sounds like a pretty good deal all the way around to us. If it does to you too, start the process of registering here. Here’s a little preview of our top registry items:
Registry collage

Gorgeous, right? And those are just the beginning. Happy wedding planning!



Wedding Wednesday! Fair Trade Weddings!


Mata Trader dresses are a beautiful and fair trade addition to this wedding!

We at Seven Hopes United are very happy that so many couples have chosen to use our wedding registry for their nuptials. It is an honor for us to be a part of their new lives together.  The other day we were thinking of ways we might be able to offer even more support to those who are interested in having a fair trade wedding.  It occurred to us that we could offer suggestions and tips on how to have a fair trade wedding right here on our blog.  So we will be sharing our thoughts about having a fair trade wedding here in our Wedding Wednesday blog posts!

Of course, having a fair trade wedding means different things to each couple so our posts will cover a wide range of topics and we are happy to cover ideas that our readers would like to see as well.  So please send us your thoughts.

Have a wonderful day – Dawn


Giving Back: How to Create a Fair Trade Wedding

We know so many couples these days who are looking for ways to give something back at their wedding — whether it’s donating to a charity in lieu of wedding favors or adding in eco-friendly elements to their wedding decor or gift registries.

When a couple plan a wedding, they get to infuse and incorporate their personality, their sense of style and their values into their big day. Therefore, it’s a great opportunity for couples to showcase their love and respect for society and the environment, and it really encourages guests to think about what they can do in their everyday lives to become more responsible and conscious global citizens.

Everyone from brides to moms-to-be are embracing the idea of “green” and globally conscious registries. A new registry service to consider when building an eco-friendly registry or wish list is Seven Hopes United (www.sevenhopesunited.com). The internet-based fair trade retail store offers a number of earth-friendly, socially conscious ideas for gift giving. Some of the top registry picks include hand-blown glasses and pitchers, African baskets, Haitian wall art, organic cotton linens from Bali, etc. The site’s much anticipated addition of a gift registry to their website provides consumers with the ability to create a gift registry or wish list for a number of occasions, including weddings, baby showers, housewarming parties, birthdays, and more. Fair Trade registries give “gifts that give back” a whole new meaning.

Here are some great ways to incorporate “giving back” into all aspects of your big day.

Create a Fair Trade Registry
Ten percent of the proceeds from gifts purchased from a Seven Hopes United Gift Registry are invested back into producer communities in a variety of ways, including training producers in organic and sustainable farming techniques (which helps offset worldly carbon emissions), building houses, schools, and clinics that are able to provide health care for entire communities. A mix of unique handcrafted art and earth-friendly home decor ideas, it’s the kind of registry that is intended to suit not only the couple but their guests and the planet as well.

“We were so glad to find the SevenHopesUnited.com registry! The gift we really wanted from our family and friends was their support for fair trade & making a difference in lives around the world-not another blender or toaster,” said Sara M. and Jordan K., Chicago, Illinois.

Bridesmaid Gifts
Give your bridesmaids something they can feel good about wearing every day – fair trade jewelry. Fair Trade jewelry has been handcrafted by disadvantaged artisans whose producer groups are members of the Fair Trade Federation. A portion of the proceeds from Seven Hopes United’s jewelry sales help fund our work to overcome poverty around the world. Try our Chennai Chandelier Earrings – every time your bridesmaids wear these earrings they will not only think of you, they will think of the difference your gift made for thousands of artisans and their families.

Have Your Cake
And feel good about it too! Choosing organic is only part of it. It’s equally important to buy products with the Fair Trade label. Amazing, I know, but a choice as simple as the sugar you use in your wedding cake can mean the difference between survival and destruction for small communities in Africa and South America. It takes a tremendous amount of natural resources to produce the 2.8 million weddings per year in the U.S. If each wedding has just one wedding cake, that would still mean 30 million pounds of sugar for the cakes alone.

Try to seek out a local bakery that would be willing to help make your cake fair and delicious. Ask about substituting organic fair trade ingredients like sugar, flour, butter, and eggs. Choosing organic ingredients will undoubtedly increase the cost of your cake, but many say the taste will be even more delicious.

Edibles make the perfect usable wedding favor — just say no to the wedding frames engraved with your wedding date — Good for you, not so much for your guests. Instead, order some fair trade chocolate from Divine Chocolate — personally, I favor the dark chocolate minis — I could just eat them all up.

If you’re not into chocolate wedding favors, another great idea is to purchase unique charitable gifts from Oxfam America. Choose a gift that’s meaningful to you – if you’re a teacher maybe books for kids, a school desk and chair, or a school meal program for one child – and make a donation in honor of your loved ones. You could share these unique favors with your guests through personalized favor cards or by table names to signify a gift for the entire group.

Drink Up!
Just as with your food, think fair trade for your drinks. There are several organic fair trade wine options you can find at Whole Foods Market or Sam’s Club, & if you’re going to be mixing up some cocktails try FAIR Vodka.

Coffee Talk
For after-dinner coffee service, look into getting coffee or espresso brewed with Fair Trade beans (meaning the farmers were paid a fair price and in most cases, the coffee was grown in an ecologically sustainable way). Larry’s Beans are an excellent choice, and you have the option of buying in bulk – contact us for details :)

For more information on how to create a Fair Trade Wedding, visit http://blog.scarletthreads.org