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Saying I DO to Fair Trade

Submitted by on July 19, 2011 – 5:04 amOne Comment

Named after Juno, the ancient Roman goddess and protector of women, the month of June has long held the title of the most popular month for weddings.   But according to the Wedding Planning website, June is no longer the most popular month for weddings.  In recent years has been surpassed by the months of July and August as the month popular months to say I DO.

It should come as no surprise that an overwhelming number of Americans say I DO in the state of Nevada with a staggering 41% tying the knot there.  While Hawaii and Arkansas trail behind with nearly 20%  and 11% respectively.  The rest of the 47 states average about 6% each, according to the National Center for Statistics.

One little fact that you may not know is that the Fair Trade Federation this past spring published it’s first ever, Fair Trade Wedding Guide.   Very convenient indeed for those Americans saying I DO this summer! (especially for those in Nevada !)

So what’s inside the Fair Trade Wedding Guide:

  • first of all the cover of the guide features an actual wedding featuring bridesmaid’s dresses from Mata Trader!
  • has 10 gift categories to help you find the right gift for the right occasion – from invites to gifts for the Bride & Groom!
  • features 68 quality handmade products from 25 different countries ! (talk about a Global Wedding!)
  • last but not least, it has stories to share, one gives us a glimpse on how a bride was able to have a truly Fair Trade Wedding – thank you Jen for sharing!

One of the most amazing “features” of the Wedding Guide is one not obviously stated, but upon digging deeper can be quite interesting.  Until sitting down to count the number of countries represented in the guide (to write this blog), I was utterly surprised to find so many diverse countries.  Countries that seem so far away, distant places ravaged by natural disasters, riots, or war, including Sri Lanka, Tunisa, and the West Bank.  Or countries that infrequently make the news, seldom coming to the forefront of our awareness, such as: Mali, Mozambique, or Ecuador.  Or those that have suffered greatly, yet give us all hope through their collective contributions to our spiritual well-being and Buddhism, such as Nepal and Vietnam.

With so many I DOs taking place at this time of the year, maybe the Fair Trade Wedding Guide in it’s own little way serves two purposes:  one is to aid those seeking to make a lifelong commitment to another person, but equally important, to remind us all of the commitment we have to each other if we choose to say I DO to Fair Trade!

Are you ready to say I DO to Fair Trade?

Tell me your thoughts.

One Comment »

  • I have never thought about using fair trade products in big events such as weddings. That is a great idea that can really promote and boost the exposure of so many great artisans. I wish I would have thought if doing this when I got married. It would have made the experience more unique and helped out with such a great cause. Thanks for the great ideas.

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