Sergio Lopez, CRS

My Fair Wedding

Courtney Lare

The rain in Spain falls mainly on the plain. Wait, we don’t want rain on your wedding day!

We all know the beloved musical of the Cockney flower seller Eliza Doolittle who learned how to speak like a duchess after falling into the company of Mr. Higgins.

If this fair lady can change her habit, we know you too can make some small changes that will make you a fair lady on your wedding day!

From My Fair Lady to My Fair Wedding, there are countless ways to incorporate fair trade into your wedding celebration. By choosing to purchase ethical trade jewelry, gifts and even a fair trade wedding gown, you begin your married life in service to others- just as the sacrament calls us to do.

Fair Trade and Conflict Free Wedding Jewelry

 

Beautiful fair trade gold and silver wedding bands and engagement rings with ethically sourced gems from CRS Ethical Trade partner Reflective Images.

In developing countries, the wealth created by mining metals and minerals generally fails to benefit local communities and often devastates the poor. In the case of gold mining, mercury exposure and poisoning, land degradation, and armed conflict are often an everyday reality for miners. Make a commitment as a couple to uphold the dignity of every human life and care for creation by purchasing fair trade gold and silver and diamonds and gemstones that are certified conflict free. Learn more about jewelers for social and environmental responsibility at Ethical Metalsmiths, and about ethical sourcing at Fairtrade Gold and Precious Metals.

Our partner Reflective Images offers beautiful jewelry using fair trade metals, recycled metal, and ethically sourced gems. What’s more they have an awesome wedding line from Greg Valerio the guy who literally wrote the book on fair trade jewelry. Check it out, Making Trouble: Fighting for Fair Trade Jewelry.    

Fair Trade Wedding Registry, Gift Ideas, and Favors

 

Invite your family and friends to purchase gifts that benefit the poor throughout the world by buying fair trade items as wedding favors for your guests, or by registering for fair trade wedding gifts. Check out the beautiful fair trade home decor, jewelry, and gifts on the CRS Ethical Trade Shopping Guide . Honor your Bride’s Maids with shea butter beauty products made by women’s cooperatives in Ghana. Our partner Shea Yeleen has the perfect thank you gifts for your bride’s maids. You might also try  Equal Exchange chocolate or coffee for your reception.

Fair Trade Wedding Gowns and Bridesmaid Dresses

Celia Grace  offers exquisite fair trade wedding gowns made by women in India and Cambodia. They use handmade fabrics, natural fibers, or small-batch textiles to reduce the strain on the environment that is so prevalent with conventional petroleum based polyester dresses. They also have handmade silk ties and bowties for the guys in the bridal party.

Mata Traders another CRS Ethical Trade partner is also a great source for fair trade wedding ideas and bridesmaid dresses. Check out their ethical wedding bridesmaid dress must-haves.

For additional resources on planning your ceremony, please check out Marriage a Vocation of Service Together  Pre-Cana resource and visit For Your Marriage.