Our wedding was full of those special details that created a beautiful celebration of our marriage. Since then, I’ve had many questions about where we sourced different items. We did try to make a point of buying artisan made goods and fair trade items whenever possible – and had an amazing family that rallied around us and used their incredible skills to make the day unique and fun!
Fair Trade Dresses
Sourced from: bridesmaid’s closets, ModCloth, Asos, Dainty Jewels, and Mata Traders
I’ve always loved a mix-and-match style and knew that would make finding fair trade dresses a much easier process too. When we started looking, it was clear that with a bit of homework, there are actually quite a few options out there. From using dresses some already had it their closets to fair trade or boutique dresses, it came together beautifully!
Sourced from: Moriya Ethiopian Accessories
Moriya is a handmade accessory business based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. I’ve had the privilege of working with these women over the last several years and was so excited to have them play an active role in our wedding this way. (Read more about my work with them here.) We worked together to design these especially for my wedding using traditional Ethiopian wedding beads and handwoven fabric. It was such a great experience – and added a beautiful element to each girl’s attire!
Sourced from: Mrs. Bow Tie in England
Each of our groomsmen (and the handsome groom!) wore bow ties sourced from England (they have a fair trade collection) – and offered a unique detail to the men’s attire.
Sourced by: April Steffen
My sister did an amazing job making three decadent varieties of cake for our wedding. Not only did she do an amazing job, but was able to create unique and fun flavors and naked cakes for our cake table. We were thrilled with how it turned out (and had FABULOUS review from everyone on the chocolate orange combination!) If you’re based in Indiana, she’s a great personal option for wedding cakes or events!
Biscotti (Favors for the Guests)
Sourced by: Doreen Steffen
I am so thankful for extended family that pitched in from all across the country to make our wedding so special. Doreen has sold her fabulous biscotti at farmers markets across the East Coast for years – and when we thought about unique favors for our wedding, she was our first thought! It was so special to have individually wrapped, amazing biscotti available for our guests. But more than that, it was a beautiful way for her to be involved in our wedding preparations before the weekend.
Flowers & Table Arrangements
Sourced by: Marcia Steffen (floral arrangements), reception (Marcia Steffen and Lori Steffen and collaborative effort)
My mom is super talented with floral arrangements. I think it gave her a very vague idea of what I wanted – and she came back with beautiful, unique creations for my floral bouquet and most of the table decorations for the reception. My mother-in-law pitched in and together, they made a reception room that was unique, relaxed and elegant. We loved it!
Sourced by: Eric Steffen
My Dad made elegant wood cheese boards with an antique map of Italy carved into the top. Those were beautiful and such a special addition! (We served baguettes, cheese and spreads on them.)
Sourced by: Macanza on ETSY
We wanted a unique guestbook that we would actually look at later on, and found this fun option via ETSY. You can find all kinds of creative alternatives online – and we love the artistic, handmade quality to pieces like this.
If you’re interested in details or are looking for some help in sourcing fair trade products – or trying to create an ethically sourced wedding like we did – I’d love to help point you in the right direction too!