How to Make Your Fair Trade Wedding Registry

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Calling all summer brides—have you heard about our fair trade wedding registry? Have you created a registry yet? Yes, you and the husband you have to bribe with promises of popcorn and Pizza Hut at checkout before he’ll even glance Target’s way. This blog post is for you.

There’s no getting around it—registering for wedding gifts can be kind of stressful. At least for me personally, it was. My husband wasn’t really into it, and he gets uncomfortable buying (or in this case, asking other people to buy us) stuff. Both of us feel strongly that spending excess money on household items isn’t something we want to get into a habit of. Enter Seven Hopes United.


When you register for fair trade wedding gifts, you’re still giving your guests a helpful list of things you want for your new home (after all, they will buy you a gift anyway and it’s nice if it’s something they know you truly want). But you can feel good knowing exactly how the items are made and how your loved ones’ dollars are benefiting the lives of others.

Here’s a little bit about how it works:

With a Seven Hopes United Fair Trade Gift Registry, you are not only receiving gifts you’ll love, your gift purchases ensure that our artisans are paid a living wage for their work, working conditions are safe, and no children are exploited.

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.

It’s easy to register—just head to this section of our Website and start clicking away! If you need some ideas, we have a list here of some of our most popular items. We have all the categories you would see at say, Bed Bath and Beyond—-kitchen items, serving dishes, bedding, towels, decorative wall art, etc.

It’s also fun because you do the whole thing online—no more dragging your husband (or maybe you have to drag yourself!) around with a little registering gun. And then once you’ve registered, you can have your bridal party send the link to guests or upload it on your wedding Website.

And here’s a great extra:

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.


UNICEF reports that Malaria is an endemic in 90% of sub-Saharan Africa and is one of the main causes of mortality for children under the age of 5. Only 22% of children under the age of five years old are sleeping under a mosquito net, and only 5% of those nets are the insecticide treated mosquito nets. With your gift, we can help save lives.

I know that when I registered for wedding gifts with Seven Hopes United, it ended up being one of my favorite aspects of my wedding! This bride agrees:

“A progressive alternative to typical bridal registries, Seven Hopes United brings together eco-conscious brides with artisans from around the world…a portion of the proceeds from every item sold is invested back into artisan communities, helping to further promote the economic freedom and social development made possible by the fair trade movement.”   — Carolina Bride

So brides, what are you waiting for?

If you like this idea, feel free to pin/tweet/share the link to this post! This Spring, let’s get a fair trade wedding registry movement going that will impact the lives of millions of families across the globe!



One thought on “How to Make Your Fair Trade Wedding Registry

  1. MR

    My fiance and I were both really excited about your registry, and have already listed it as one of our three gift options on our wedding website. We set aside time tonight to click through looking at things, and started with this block post on how to get started.

    Unfortunately, along with the helpful link to actually get started, we also encountered heterosexism and stereotyping. We are two women getting married, and while we’re still moving forward with your registry, the post being clearly written to a certain type of hetero woman put a damper on our experience. I imagine the same might be true for those straight men who defy the stereotypes and enjoy shopping more than their wives. I know you need to reach out to your target audience, but I challenge you to do it in an inclusive way.

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