Hello Eco Living caught up with the lovely Jemma following the first Great Big Green Wedding Fair in Liverpool this year.

Girls in Oxfam dresses
Girls in Oxfam dresses

Tell me a bit about The Great Big Green Wedding Fair…

The Great Big Green wedding Fair was a two day event celebrating the very best in ethical and fairly trading wedding suppliers.

How did the day go?

We couldn’t believe the wealth of different green businesses that jumped on board, every thing from peddle powered rickshaws to beautifully crafted jewellery, vintage tea parties to classical musicians!

Were there any treats for visitors?

Visitors were treated to a catwalk bridal show with dresses by Oxfam Bridal, ‘Worn Once with Love’ and Aliz Vintage- a great mix of different styles with fabulously low price tags and sound ethics!

Our couples also enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere of our Vintage Tea Room, dressed for the occasion with vintage china, care of the girls at Pebble in The Pond and seasonal flowers from Felicity Morgan.

With a little help from our two cake exhibitors- Fleur Ashley and Little Cake Heaven, guests sat down to free afternoon tea & cake- scrumptious treats and an endless supply of tea & coffee, it’s little wonder guests lingered here making notes and discussing plans!

We were lucky enough to have CRED fair trade fine jewellers exhibiting with us, and founder Greg Valerio gave fascinating presentations each day on their inspirational story- more details can be found on their website.

The Natural Wedding Company was also at hand offering advice on having a DIY wedding, founder Charlie provided lots of handy hints on pulling together friends and family to help create a very special celebration.

What was the response from visitors?

We had a fantastic response from visitors, who were thrilled with the range of products & services provided to make their celebration a green one:

“Very good, nice mix of exhibitors and all the providers were very nice to talk to. The jewellery and accessories were brilliant and gave me lots of ideas. The talk from the CRED director was fantastic, it really highlighted how my choices for one day make a massive difference. I also really enjoyed meeting the humanist celebrant, and think we will be booking her for our blessing. Thanks very much for all your hard work putting it together, it exceeded my expectations and we had a really lovely day?”

Melanie, Salford.

So what’s next?

Our friends Katie and Kate, from Ethical Weddings and Greenfinder, will be hosting their Eco Chic Wedding and Home Show again in the spring of 2010 for those of you interested in meeting more green exhibitors.

As for us, The Big Green Wedding website will continue to run until January 2010, a handy resource showing images of the show and details of all exhibitors.  Amanda and I are now focusing on our eco stationery business, GreenLeaf Press for a while, but look out for another Great Big Green Wedding event in the future!

We would like to thank all of our great green exhibitors and friends for helping us to deliver a very clear message – that being green certainly doesn’t mean you have to compromise on quality, style and you don’t have to blow the budget!

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