Let’s Be Fair Collaboration- Sneak Peek

Black Sheep Bride has been lucky enough to befriend some pretty amazing blogging folks this year and Let’s Be Fair is one of them! Let’s Be Fair is a thoughtful lifestyle and beauty blog based in Southern California.

They just recently launched an annual new feature series, Let’s Get Married, and we are so excited to provide a sneak peak to the action!

Stay tuned for Part 2 of this collaboration later this week! Check out the full feature of Part 1 on Let’s Be Fair.

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Want to learn more about these amazing brands and vendors? Go for it!

The Diana Wedding Dress by Celia Grace

Large Cross Studs by Bario Neal 

Cala Diamond Ring by Bario Neal

Aldine Thin Band by Bario Neal

Herringbone Bracelet by Bario Neal

Sapphire Solitaire Ring by FTJCO

Whole Trade Roses by Whole Foods Markets

Photography by Charles Zablan

Hair by Raquel Tosaya

Model- Raquel Tosaya

Art Direction by Let’s Be Fair

How to Give Back After the Fact!

The party is winding down… The exit is planned with stellar execution, guests are lively to say the least, and the special last kiss of the night captured by the amazing photographer. Now what…. Up until this point… You didn’t even know Giving Back was an option on your wedding day and now you think its too late… Have no fear, you are mistaken, my dear!

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Photo Credit: Katey Penton Photography

We meet lots of brides across the nation that regularly tell us… ‘Oh man! We wished we would have known this just 6 months ago. All of my vendors have been picked and none of my wedding day purchases were socially conscious…’

GOOD NEWS: We won’t hate on ya, you didn’t know!

BAD NEWS: You can’t use that excuse anymore.. there are plenty of ways to help others, once the wedding is over!

Here are a few ways to Give Back After the Fact:

FLOWERS : 

Flowers can be a pivotal part in your wedding day vision. They add an element of gorgeous organic beauty not many other things compare too. With their beauty also comes great value and since their lives are short lived, they are often left for the trash at the end of the night. Good news is…. They don’t have to be chucked and your money will go further by donating your left over blooms to organizations that will repurpose and deliver them to hospitals, Ronald Mc Donald Homes, Nursing Homes, etc.

Organizations to connect with:

Repeat Roses

Random Acts of Flowers

Petals with Purpose

Floranthropy

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Photo Credit: Amanda Lenhardt Photography

 

FOOD: 

Holy left overs! In all my years in the wedding industry I can personally attest to the heaping pile of leftovers after wedding day festivities. When you get ready to say your goodbyes, encourage your guests to take some leftover boxes with them and hand deliver the yummy wedding day grub to someone in need on the way home. (With that said… each caterer and food service company could handle donations requests differently, ask your caterer for more information and see what they can do. )

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Photos above: Chloe Austin (Wedding couple runs a Homeless Ministry and decided to serve their Downtown Neighbors first on their wedding day)

 

DRESSES: 

For most brides the wedding dress is an heirloom to hold on to for years to come, for others its a waste of closet space that will only be worn once… Both types of brides have valuable perspectives! If you are of the later bride type, you will be happy to know there are organizations out there that will gladly receive your wedding gown, give it new life, and use it to help others. Also, all of those bridesmaid’s gowns collecting dust in the back of your closet or storage unit…. There could be resurrected and give a young girl an opportunity to attend her high school prom.

Brides Against Breast Cancer (Cancer Research)

Belle of the Ball (Low Income Girls Outreach)

Brides Across America (Military Brides)

Angel Gown (Infant Loss- Burial Gowns)

 

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Photo Credit: Amanda Lenhardt Photography

 

DOLLAR DANCE: 

There is a silly and magical thing that sometimes happens at wedding receptions called ‘The Dollar Dance.’  People line up, with singles in hand, ready to pay for a few moves with the bride and groom. What if you dedicated the Dollar Dance contributions to a family in need, or a local non-profit (that may be represented, as a guest).

Here are a few to consider:

No Child Hungry (Hunger)

Water.Org (Clean Water & Job Creation)

Kiva (Micro Loans)

 

DUPLICATE GIFTS: 

Sure you had a registry and your and your fiancé had a blast using those fun laser beam gun scanners thingy’s, but some people forgot to use the registry properly and you have 3 waffle irons, 10 extra sets of washcloths, and 4 boxes of fancy decorative soaps. There are single mom’s, battered women, parolees, local disaster victims (fire, floods, tornados, you name it) … out there right now looking for a new start… and could use those extra wedding gifts from Aunt Bertha and Uncle George to rebuild their families. Check out your local city non-profit list and see which organizations would be interested in taking your rad swag.

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Photo Credit: Amanda Lenhardt Photography

 

Now that you have been ‘learn’t’ … Give back .. No excuses! Wedding Day Fun is also one of the largest sources of waste, so lets work together and help one other…

Also check out our National Black Sheep Bride VENDOR DIRECTORY … if you still have a few last minute vendors to book for your BIG DAY!

Paper Flowers with Big Purpose- Appetite Paper

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As most of you know Black Sheep Bride is in the early ‘blooming’ (<<see what I did there) stages of building this start up from the ground up! It has been an amazingly fast and rewarding journey and it wouldn’t have been such an early success had it not been for our amazing team of selfless, passionate supporters! One of those early supporters/vendors is Rachael, of Appetite Paper! She has been such a needed encourager, uplifter, mover, connecter, and now blog content contributor.

Rachael is in the business of paper! Not just any paper either…. Beautiful paper with purpose… Appetite Paper is a paper flower and custom invitation/design company that helps others, one glorious alternative bloom and invitation at a time.

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Appetite Paper was created to transform Rachael’s passion of invitation design into a meaningful life in service to others. Appetite Paper looks to lift up and invest in each of their clients, while providing a community that embraces intentional living and service through their online blog and social media.

“Most importantly, in place of building upon an already comfortable and cozy life here at Appetite Paper, we are challenged to humbly give back to our neighbors in need through our donated time, resources and intentional financial giving. Currently, Appetite Paper is thankful to be a serving partner of The Daughter Project. An amazing nonprofit selflessly providing a supportive and safe home for young women directly affected by human tracking in Northwest, Ohio.”

Read the entire ‘Giving Back/The Daughter Project’ post on Appetite Paper‘s blog here.

Design your custom paper flower bridal bouquet in their online-shop today!

Also be on the look out for some of Rachael’s upcoming blog posts on Black Sheep Bride in the next few weeks.

 

Socially Conscious Wedding Impact Infographic

Often times, in the wedding planning process, we get caught up in the details, the little things, the small impressions of our ever so Big Day… But what if we gave some conscious thought to making a BIG impression on impacting others, simply by our vendor choices alone… Here is an example of how an average wedding day could bring hope to those in need.  Take a moment and check out our vendor directory too, so you can start taking your Wedding Change to Make World Change.

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Infographic design: Liddabits Design Shop

 

5 Tips to Planning a Socially Conscious Wedding Day!

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We’d like to tell you planning a wedding is all rainbows and puppy dogs, but sadly.. its not.. It costs a whole – lotta- moolah. I’m sure you’re already aware of this, but what if we told you … Your wedding planning dollars could help others around the corner and around the world… and it can be so much more than skimping on favors and giving your guests a ‘Sorry letter’ explaining they won’t be getting a gift- ha!

The world of Socially Conscious Wedding Planning is so much more than you think. There are vendors, products, design inspiration at your finger tips that will help you take your WEDDING CHANGE and make WORLD CHANGE! And we’re here to tell you how.

Black Sheep Bride was launched for the new generation of newly engaged couples. The Socially Conscious, Impact Driven Millennial’s ready to save the world, one small responsible purchase at a time…

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Photo credit: Keely Joy Photography

1. Seek Vendors that Give Back

The average U.S. wedding costs nearly $30,000. With over 2.6 Million weddings performed in the US annually (and growing)… that is a lot of wedding dollars! BUT… What if the vendors you choose for your big day ALL donated 10% to charity? Wouldn’t that lift a little bit of the burden in your planning process knowing you’re investing in wedding professionals that value helping others too.

Thankfully, we have a list of vendors that are committed to helping others and have pledged to give back 10% of their time, product or profits to charity.

2014-07-31_0002Photo above: The fellow above is Jason Sowell, wedding officiant / non-profit founder-super dude providing free laundry services to low income community laundry mats.

 

2. Invest in Socially Conscious Products

In today’s culture of World Changing Millennial’s… It is not hard to find consumer products founded with a mission of giving back: TOMS, Sevenly, Feed, Warby Parker, Lush, and the list goes on.

The same socially conscious rules apply for wedding consumerism! There is a whole world of socially conscious, consumer minded, AND wedding related products out there at your disposal, with a little digging… You can find really amazing/high quality wedding day swag, with super big purpose. Ex. Celia Grace Wedding Gowns, Purpose Jewelry, Purse and Clutch, Bow Taye, Give Cookies, Hotels for Hope.

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Photo credit of Celia Grace Stylized shoot: Loveridge Photography

 

3.  Advocate from the Heart

Go Big or Go Home, is our motto at BSB!

If you aren’t truly passionate about something, then there is no reason to blindly support it.

Reflect on what you and your significant other are most passionate about and incorporate it into your Big Day. Maybe its rescue dogs, disaster recovery, human rights, faith based organizations, non-faith based organizations, veterans, education, human trafficking, homelessness. Whatever the passion, share your heart with your guest. Here are few ways:

  1. Open a fund raising registry (or crowd funding page) via: So Kind Registry, Heart.ly, and I Do Foundation, Go Fund Me
  1. Incorporate the Giving Back Theme into your wedding design. Ex. Education… add books, apples, chalkboards.

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Photo credit: Chloe Austin Photography … Back story: The bride met the groom and began helping at his homeless outreach program in downtown Jacksonville. They fell in love and he surprised her with a proposal while they were feeding the homeless , they’ve built so many amazing relationships with their ‘Downtown neighbors’ they made them special guests of honor and served them first on their wedding day.

 

4. Post Wedding Giving

We often times don’t think about it but there is a lot of waste/excess that goes into a wedding celebration, reduce that waste by donating your leftover, not just food, to help others. Here are few ways to help:

  1. Left over flowers donate to Repeat Roses, they will deliver to nursing homes, hospitals, etc. the next day.
  2. Food: Find a homeless shelter willing to take your left over meals.
  3. Duplicate gifts: Half-way houses are always in need of home goods.
  4. Recycle what you can- Paper goods, Glass, Metal, Plastic… it can all be put to use, also consider Wedding-Recycle.com.
  5. Consider donating your dress to a consignment store, or organization that assists a cause (ex. Brides Against Breast Cancer).

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Couple volunteers for Repeat Roses to pick up flowers after someone’s beautiful day to be delivered to those less fortunate, at hospitals, nursing homes and Ronald McDonald houses.

 

5. Don’t stop giving back!

Make it a part of your new marriage’s foundation, so that as you grow together in love, you are also growing in loving others.

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Back Story: I, Danielle/founder of Black Sheep Bride, also own a wedding photography business. A few years ago I was collecting shoes for a shoe drive and booked a wedding simply because the mother of this lovely lady, pictured above, was a teacher at one of the schools collecting shoes for our drive. We photographed her amazing wedding day and a year later, she came with me to help the very orphanages that I was collecting shoes for, in West Africa.

 

So now what…  You’ve been thoroughly educated and empowered to make a big difference in the way you decide to plan out your Big Day…. Baby steps is all that matters at this point… One small decision at a time, makes all the impact in the world to one person in need. What decisions will you be making? Find us on Instagram, Tag Us @theblacksheepbride and show us how you are taking your Wedding Change to Make World Change.