Though it seems countercultural or out of the norm, you can have success planning an ethical wedding. In this episode of Bridechilla, Aleisha shares how you can give back and make a positive impact in the world while celebrating your wedding. Aleisha revisits her conversation with Danielle Calhoun, wedding photographer and founder of Black Sheep Bride (now called More than Lovely). Listen as they talk about creative ways to plan an ethical wedding.
Danielle started Black Sheep Bride out of a passion to see change in the wedding industry. While using her photography skills on humanitarian trips overseas, Danielle felt an incongruence with her job back home as a wedding photographer. She noticed how much unnecessary waste was being produced during weddings while people in third world countries were poor, hungry, and in great need. Out of her passion and desire to help other people, she started a business to help connect couples with vendors who value giving back.
“Make your own rules. Make it count.”
So you want to find ways to give back and make an impact while planning your wedding? Where do you start? What are some ways you can make a difference? During this episode, Danielle shares some great ways to avoid waste and make better use of the resources around you so that you can be successful in planning an ethical wedding. She notes that it isn’t about how much money you spend, but how you spend your money.
The secret to planning an ethical wedding is making small changes that can make a big difference. You don’t have to be a superhero to pull this off. During this podcast, Danielle Calhoun shares some practical ways that you can reduce your environmental footprint and make a positive impact. She is a proponent for renting or borrowing items rather than buying new. She also encourages couples to look for ways to donate their time, money, or items from the wedding that can benefit people in need. Making a difference doesn’t require a formal program, it simply requires looking for an opportunity.
“It doesn’t matter the amount of money spent, it’s all in how it’s spent.”
If you are trying to plan an ethical wedding, Danielle says there are two components that you should consider. The first is vendor choice. When selecting vendors, choose those who are responding to their obligation to positively impact the world. The second component is product choice. Danielle encourages couples to avoid buying fast fashion or other products that are produced in sweatshops or environments hostile to workers. Also, select products that aren’t going to be thrown away immediately after the wedding. Danielle says that everyone has the potential to give back in some capacity using their resources and skill sets.
Danielle Calhoun is a wedding photographer and founder of Black Sheep Bride, an online community which she recently sold. Black Sheep Bride was designed to connect couples with vendors who are giving back and making a difference in the world. Danielle was a guest on the Bridechilla Podcast Episode 133. She is a humanitarian and change maker who saw the need for a more ethical and socially conscious mindset in the wedding industry.
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