The Bride’s Project and the Cancer Support Community of Ann Arbor are participating at the Elegant Winter Bridal Show on Sunday, January 20, 2013 12 PM to 4 PM. Experience the takeover of Briarwood Mall Center Court with more than 60 of the wedding industry’s top vendors. Three fashion shows, live entertainment, workshops, prizes and giveaways all day for thousands of brides, grooms and shoppers. Call 734-335-7103 or 313-207-6445.
As more and more people become increasingly conscious about the planet they’re living on, they’re moving towards being more eco-friendly: turning the light off when leaving a room, choosing to carpool with a friend or co-worker when going to the same destination, keeping the windows closed when air-conditioning is on, and so-on. As going eco-friendly is becoming more popular, many people are finding ways to help the environment with their different activities, including weddings. A wedding can be a great way to show your passion for helping the Earth as every aspect of a wedding can be used to promote being eco-friendly.
The first way to make your wedding eco-friendly is to change the style of your invitations. Instead of using traditional invites, why not get paper cards that are plant-able? The invitation will be made from recycled paper mixed with flower seeds. Once your invitees get your invitation, they can plant the card, and within a few weeks, beautiful wildflowers will sprout.
Also, why not even keep your wedding local? A destination wedding can be exotic and fun, no doubt, but hosting your wedding and reception in a nearby place can keep travel emissions for you and your guests down.
Another tip? Pick creative wedding favors! Instead of giving people gifts they’re probably never going to hang up or use, give each family a tree sapling to plant in their backyard, or perhaps even homemade candies (that way you know the candies are organic and no one can resist candy!).
There are tons of different ways to stay environmentally conscious when planning your wedding besides these three tips. Having a green wedding will not only make your wedding unique, but will also help you give back to the environment and the world as a whole!
UPDATE! The fashion show video is now available: The Brides Project Fashion Show
This Sunday, The Brides Project was featured at the Elegant Wedding Bridal Show in Briarwood Mall. Our models did a great job! Here are a few photos from the event. You can see the full set on our Flickr and Facebook pages.
This morning, The Brides Project was featured in Fox 2 Detroit’s Style File! We are so excited that they so generously decided to profile us. You can see a sampling of our dresses featured here:
Robbie Bender is our first Featured Bride of the Month! Each month we will feature a bride who has purchased their gown from us, or donated their gown to us.
Robbie Bender was looking for a way to give back through her wedding and she found The Brides Project was the perfect place to do so. Although she thought about supporting a small business by buying a gown on Etsy, she fell in love with the idea of buying a wedding dress to support a charity. Although she lives in Chicago she knew that she had to come to Ann Arbor for an appointment at The Brides Project.
There were many reasons why Robbie was so drawn to The Brides Project. The prices and value are unbeatable – she was able to try on many different types of dresses in her size, all priced very reasonably. “Getting a good deal at other stores is hard because the sizes of dresses on sale are always so small,” said Robbie. But the biggest factor for her coming to TBP was the cause. She lost both of her grandmothers to cancer and has other loved ones with the disease as well. Her and her fiancé lives have been touched by cancer in so many ways it just felt right buying a dress where the money impacted the lives of others like themselves.
Here is a little more about the bride to be and her upcoming wedding:
Robbie is 27 years old, living in Mundelein, IL, a northwest suburb of Chicago. She works full-time as an associate pastor and loves her job. She says that “being able to impact the lives of others for the better is amazing, and being able to be there for them during the worst of times is humbling.”
She met her fiance Mac her freshman year of college. They were friends for nearly 8 years before they ever went on a date. It wasn’t long before they both knew they’d be together forever.
He proposed the weekend before Robbie’s birthday in August of 2011 at her favorite place in the Chicago area, the Chicago Botanic Gardens. He got down on one knee in the waterfall gardens overlooking the Japanese gardens, right after the sunrise. So romantic!
Robbie and Mac are busy planning their wedding and life together. The wedding is September 22, 2012 in St. Joseph, MI where they had their first official date! They are counting down the months until the big day. Robbie is a generous person at heart, ”We’ve tried to give back in other ways through our wedding as well, and our wedding reception is being held at a museum and cultural center. It is great to know our money is being used to impact others.”
We will be posting photos of Robbie in her wedding dress after her Sept 22nd wedding. We don’t want to spoil her big reveal! (Hint: she looks amazing!)
A local service group, the Rotaracts, wore some of our dresses and walked around town, passing out flyers about The Brides Project and generally having a great time! Keep your eyes open for them walking around Midnight Madness tomorrow night in downtown Ann Arbor.
When Patrycja talked to her health team at UM Hospital about finding a patient to give her wedding dress to, they told her about the Brides Project.
“As soon as I talked to Barb – I think I got more excited than she was! It’s just such a great idea,” she says. “Now, I’m trying to recruit people everywhere to give dresses – my friends, at work. I tell them, you may as well do something with it, this way, you get value and the new brides get value, too.”
Diagnosed with cancer in February of 2006, Patrycja really understands the importance of a group like the Cancer Community Support of Greater Ann Arbor, and what The Brides Project is doing.
“Ultimately, the people are great, I like the fact that 100% of profits go to support – it’s just pure. Everything goes to helping other people,” she says. “I was fortunate enough to be able to finish school, get a good job, and get a really great dress. And I just want somebody else to feel the way that I felt in it.”
Here’s a link to see how she hopes someone else feels in her dress: http://www.scottcampbellphoto.com/slideshow/palakmuch/patrycjachris
For Andrea Darden, becoming involved with The Brides Project just seemed like a natural fit.
“My father had gone through prostate cancer, and just after my wedding, my mother-in-law was diagnosed with lymphoma,” she said. “Donating my dress – it was a very emotional gift for me. The Brides Project let me give another bride a way to get a great dress, and have that purchase support cancer patients and their families. It’s such a unique opportunity – I wish I’d been able to buy a dress and have the proceeds go to charity when I got married.”
Andrea, who is also a member of the Board of the Cancer Support Community of Ann Arbor, has also been impressed with the people working on the project.
“Barb, Molly, Jyoti, just everybody. It’s been amazing how all these people all came together. And people have come out of the woodwork to help,” she says. “It just seems like it was meant to be.”