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Azizi Life "partners with rural Rwandans to bring fair trade beauty to your life and theirs."  They sell beautiful handwoven bowls which would make a unique wedding gift.

Serrv is "a nonprofit, fair trade organization dedicated to lifting disadvantaged artisans, farmers, and their families out of poverty."  They sell a variety of gorgeous wedding gifts which are ethically made.  (Check out their Wedding Lookbook.) Serrv also offers a gift registry on their website.  (To also find their products in a retail store near you, click here.)

Ethical Wedding Guide

Land of a Thousand Hills "brings life-changing work to communities in Rwanda. When you buy Land of a Thousand Hills Coffee, you help families provide for themselves with living wages, you build homes for orphans, give care to widows, and most importantly, give hope to entire coffee growing communities." They offer customized mini mug and coffee wedding favors.

WorldCraftsSM "develops sustainable, fair-trade businesses among impoverished people around the world."  Their "vision is to offer an income with dignity and the hope of everlasting life to every person on earth."  They offer ebony candlesticks, hand carved by artisans in Kenya.

I remember waiting for my wedding dress to be shipped over from China, having no idea at the time that it was probably being finished in a sweatshop.  If you are busy planning your big day, but keep tripping up on ethical considerations, there is good news.   Start by reading Ten Thousand Village's Guide to a Socially Conscious Wedding.  Or browse through Amani Ya Juu's Pinterest Guide to a Fair Trade Wedding.  Check out The Good Trade's 14 Ethical & Conflict-Free Engagement Rings for the Socially Conscious Bride-to-Be.  If you desire a wedding that gives back, go to Black Sheep Bride.  Below you will find links to yet more ethical wedding ideas.  If you are simply a wedding guest, you will also find some fantastic wedding gifts!
(For more great wedding gift ideas, check out our HOME and KITCHEN pages.)

Partners for Just Trade is a "non-profit, faith-based organization that builds partnerships between producers living in extreme poverty and consumers in North America."  They sell beautiful silver and pearl earrings.

Pal Craftaid is "a volunteer, non-profit ministry of compassion, hope, and healing for Palestinians." They sell beautiful, hand embroidered spring dresses for girls which would be perfect for a flower girl.  They also offer carved olive wood candlestick holders.

Trades of Hope sells products made by women who "have been rescued from sex slavery. Others are raising handicapped children alone. Some are in war torn countries and others have HIV/AIDS and leprosy...with Trades of Hope's help, their story has changed from pain and struggle to a story of hope!"  They offer some beautiful home decor items which would make lovely wedding gifts.

The Mercy House Shop is "a global marketplace and the beautiful products in this shop are made by women empowered by Mercy House Global."  They "engage women through maternity homes in Kenya and employment through Fair Trade Friday in more than 15 countries all around the world."  They sell beautiful bridesmaid greeting cards which come with pearl earrings.

Amani ya Juu "means 'Peace from Above'. "  They are a "social economic enterprise committed to peace and reconciliation for African women." They offer beautifully made wedding gifts for the new home.

Go Fish Clothing & Jewelry Co. is a clothing and jewelry store started by Christians who wanted to make a difference by "purchasing hand-crafted goods from the indigenous people of developing nations at their asking price."  They sell formal women's dresses, great for attending the wedding or for bridemaids.

Askinosie Chocolate "practices Direct Trade with their cocoa farmer partners, building relationships and paying higher than fair trade prices for their quality beans."  They are "dedicated not just to making the best quality chocolate you can buy, but to making it in such a way that the more you learn about it, the better you feel about it."  They offer bulk chocolate gifts which can be personalized for wedding favors.

Gifts with a Cause has a passion "to provide sustainable income to artisans in developing countries and connect people around the world with stories of positive change through Fair Trade practices."  They partner with World Vision.  They offer unique wire "love" bowls which would make beautiful wedding gifts.  Each gift comes with the artisan's picture and story.  (I ordered one of these bowls as a gift and it was quite the hit at the bridal shower!)

Eternal Threads "mission is 'weaving hope and justice' to improve the lives of women and children who are at risk from extreme poverty and trafficking." They offer unique handmade wedding gifts, each with a story to tell.

Elegantees "mission statement is to provide hope to survivors of sex trafficking in Nepal. A positive source of income that reinforces independence, a healthy self-image, and confidence restores lives one elegant tee at a time." They sell elegant women's dresses in sizes XS - XL.

Ten Thousand Villages started 65 years ago with the Mennonite Central Committee to "provide sustainable economic opportunities for artisans in developing countries by creating a viable marketplace for their products in North America."  For the big day, they sell beautiful cake and appetizer stands,  festive goblets and serving sets, gorgeous candles and candle holders as well as wedding cards.  Plus they have gift guides to finding the perfect gift for the newlyweds, the bridesmaids and the groomsmen.  They also offer a gift registry on their website. (To also find their products in a retail shop near you, click here.)

Education and More, "a Christian nonprofit organization, strives to reduce poverty in Guatemala by providing educational opportunities for students of all ages and by helping those we serve earn a fair income."  They sell beautifully handwoven towels and placements and other perfect wedding presents.

A Sister’s Heart is "a socially minded business that uses art and design to provide economic  and educational development for young Honduran women who have chosen to change the course of their lives."  They sell beautiful notecards that would make nice wedding invitations, as well as gorgeous pearl necklaces.