I am enjoying writing up these Directory Showcase posts, they are a wonderful reminder of the great businesses that you can find listed in the directory – that’s all those categories you can find at the top of the page in the grey luggage tag. If you’d like to find out more about the businesses, do have a look through the directory or read more of the Directory Showcase posts.
Pretty Sweet are passionate about taste and quality, so naturally their wedding cupcakes are coloured and flavoured with fresh fruits and organic ingredients where available. To decorate, Pretty Sweet uses hand-crystallised seasonal fresh flowers that are edible. Visit the directory for full details of wedding cake makers using natural, organic and fair trade ingredients.
April Doubleday is an ethical jewellery designer and maker based in Devon, she uses the coastline, rock formations and the sea as inspiration for her designs. All of her jewellery, including her wedding and engagement rings, are made from Fair Trade gold, and her diamonds are sourced responsibly from Australia and Canada. Visit the directory for a full list of ethical jewellers.
CRED Jewellery are one of the latest businesses to join The Natural Wedding Company jewellery, and after having a browse through their beautiful collection, I wanted to share my favourites with you all. For all those boys out there looking for an engagement ring to propose then keep your eyes peeled. Here are my favourites…
If you’re looking for something a bit different and unusual there is this beautiful Liana teal sapphire set vines engagement ring. The sapphire is ethically sourced from Malawi, and the band is made from Oro Verde™ 18ct yellow fairtrade gold. It is designed by celebrity jewellery designer Sophie Harley.
I love their Brilliant cut diamond stacker engagement ring because it’s similar to my own engagement ring. At its centre is single conflict-free fully traceable 0.10ct diamond and it’s available in both Fairtrade and Fairmined 18ct yellow gold and 18ct white gold, or in platinum from their partners Oro Verde™.
It was lovely this afternoon to discover that one of the newest businesses to join the directory has featured The Natural Wedding Company on their blog. The delightful Wedding in a Teacup can be found in our Stationery, Details and DIY sections and is a treasure trove of beautiful things for the creative bride. Lots of their products are sourced ethically or eco-friendly, so a perfect match for the directory.
I thought I’d share some of my favourite products from their wonderful website…
There are lots of wonderful businesses listed on the directory, those who have a strong committment to the environment, to ethical sourcing, to re-using, and to handcrafted items. It’s always nice to have a browse at what they’re all up to and discover what they’re up to.
Oria Jewellery is one of those wonderful businesses – they are an ethical jewellers and I spotted these beautiful rings on their website today. I think either would make a stunning engagement ring – the one on the left is quite similar to my own, and I love the detailing of the other with the tiny flower encasing a diamond.
Buying an engagement or wedding ring is a big expenditure for most people, and its one purchase that you can make a big difference with by choosing one from a reputable, ethical company.
I came across this stunning silk bunting made from vintage sarees on one of the businesses listed on the directory. Ganesha is a fair trade shop that sells gorgeous gifts, accessories and bits for your house – but this bunting really stood out.
I’m beginning to feel like I’m a bit bunting-ed out, the stuff is all over the wedding world, you feel like you won’t ever see an original piece of bunting and that it’s only ever floral or Cath Kidston-inspired. Then you stumble across bunting like this, which is not only made from vintage silk, but it’s also recycling an unloved product, and on top of this each string is unique.
Lovely at a wedding, but also perfect for a hanging in your bedroom. Yey for interesting and different bunting!
I was very sad to learn this week that one of our fabulous ethical jewellery businesses, Leblas, is closing down. It’s a real shame as their jewellery is beautiful and was so popular, even amongst royalty! However, it means that they are holding an incredible closing down sale so there are some incredible discounts to be had on their ethical engagement rings and wedding bands. Their rings are either recycled or fair trade and with discounts of over 50% on some items it’s not to be missed!Read more
As my wedding date gets nearer and I begin to worry about walking down the aisle with an audience of 70, I remind myself that Kate Middleton will have an estimated audience of 2 billion – then I feel much better. While I haven’t embraced Royal wedding fever with the same gusto as some, I have been thinking about ‘the’ dress. Whatever Kate chooses will no doubt set wedding dress trends for years to come. I hope she incorporates a little bit of vintage and ethical. Lucy Tammam, owner and designer at the House of Tammam has sent me her Royal […]Read more