Wedding Notecards that Care- Weddings that Give Back.

Snail Mail is where it’s at party people… When you need to say a quick Hello, Thank You, or maybe a heartfelt sonnet to your special someone …. Choose one of these notecards to jot down your well wishes…. While you are sending notes of love, they are sending hope to the hopeless.

Swahili Wholesale– Upcycled Heart ‘Love’ Cards- Used discarded paper and cardboard waste to make these upcycled pieces of art.

I Want Cookies– Hearts and Stripes, $17.50, Using their business to help bring awareness and support to Autism.

Raven & Lily – Uzma Card Set, $14. Raven & Lily are Empowering marginalized Women in Northern India. 

Village Artisans – Assorted Paper, $9.95. Village Artisans lovingly handcrafts all their goods in the homes of women artisans in North India.

 Indego Africa– Mini Textile Cards, $20- Supporting women in Rwanda through economic empowerment and education.

Charolette Layne- Lightning Bold, $21.50- CL gives 25% of their sales to Angel’s Among Us Pet rescue.

 

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Inspiration – Necklaces for the Needy – Wedding Accessories that Give Back.

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There is nothing more monumentally important in a girl’s wedding day details quite like her accessories… And these awesome jewelry & accessory companies use every purchase to fulfill equally awesome purpose!

1.Lydali, Monogram Necklace, $30, Made and manufactured right here in the USA… Employing and Restoring women off the streets of Nashville and giving them an opportunity to live a better life.

2. The Giving Keys, Never Ending Necklace, $55,  Employing those transitioning out of homelessness in Los Angeles… with repurposed keys jewelry.

3. Noon Day Collection, Minted Necklace, $28, Empowering artisans around the globe, in Uganda, Ethiopia and Ecuador through jewelry.

4. 31 bits, Havana Trim, $42, Giving displaced women in Northern Uganda an opportunity to combat poverty through fashion.

5. Rose & Fitzgerald, Golden Spikes, $88, Works with master hand-craftsmen in Africa to create and curate unexpected, beautiful pieces mixing traditional craft with a stylish flair.

6..Trades of Hope, Sorbet Teardrops, $36, Empowers women to create sustainable businesses worldwide.

 

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10 Ways to SAVE… the world! Weddings that Give Back!

Let us pretend for a moment… that we ALL fall into the average wedding budget category. According to Wedding Stats the average wedding in 2014 cost roughly $28,671… and if you took 10% of that budget and dedicated it to completely selfless awesomeness… that would be $2,867 !! 2014-07-17_0003

Here are some ways to take your 10% and Change the World!

1. 102 orphans could be fed for 30 days. (Dando Amor)

2. 28,000 trees planted (Trees for the future)

3. 10 girls would be able to attend school (Heifer)

4. 1892 meals will be provided to the homeless.

5. 143 people will receive clean water (Let it flow)

6. 5 oncology  family support groups/Dinners (for up to 100 people)  can be organized for children diagnosed with cancer.  (Children’s Cancer Center)

7. 76 children sponsored for one month. (Compassion International)

8. 50 Microloans rewarded to impoverish women to start a business. (Global Giving)

9. 2,867 of Malaria Treated lives saved (malarianomore.org)

10. 11,468 children everywhere will get one meal to eat. (Feeding Children Everywhere)

Isn’t it crazy how such a small number… 10%… can make such a big impact on others! How will you use your 10% of wedding change to make world change?

BSB Inspiration Shoot- Winthrop Barn Theatre, Riverview, FL

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In leau of the Black Sheep Bride Debut… I put together a stylized shoot that out-shined all the rest. The purpose of the shoot was to inspire, challenge and encourage wedding couples/vendors to consider their day a gift… not completely for themselves, but rather a gift for those in need, they help with each vendor/product choice they make in the process.  Each participating vendors helps on a local or global level in their giving and each choice made in the planning process was with the intention of taking each $ and making it count for GOOD.

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Participating Vendors:

Accessories: The Giving Keys

Dress: Rent The Runway

Cake/Treats: Piquant

Venue: The Barn Theatre at Winthrop

Paper Goods: Invitation Consultants/Oh Hello Events

Furniture/Rentals: Anna Jane Styling

Shoe Drop Off Organization: Dando Amor

Confetti Wands: Oh Goodie Design and Events

Flags/Cake Topper: I Heart Flags

Photography: Jerdan Photography (and the lovely help of Out of the Box Photography)

Cinematographer: John Roquemore

Florals: TaylorMade Wedding and Event Flowers 

Succulent pieces: Flowers on the Fly

Ceramics: Don Sizemore Ceramics

Turf Table Top: Forever Lawn Tampa

Engagement Film with a Lot of TOM’S Love!

 

Its pretty amazing that couples are finding enough value in using their wedding budgets to give back that they would dedicate their entire wedding theme to TOM’S! Just imagine all the children they served through purchasing products that give back. Be on the look out for the full wedding showcase soon!

Special Thanks to Ashley and Todd Films in Northern Florida for sharing their beautiful story.

Dede & Kyle Engagement from Ashley and Todd on Vimeo.