Between Me and You Bridal – Sustainable Wedding Gowns

Who knows where their wedding gowns were made? How about where the materials are from? How about what’s going to happen to their dress after their big day?

I am a part of several women entrepreneur groups on Facebook and was introduced to a woman named Kayla Cummings. When we got chatting, I learned that she is the co-owner of Between Me and You Bridal, an Australian based, sustainable wedding dress label. I am a huge supporter of all things sustainable so I wanted to learn more about what they do at Between Me and You Bridal! 

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Kayla says, “My sister, Meaghan, and I have always loved making elegant wedding gowns, but hated the tons of waste and pollution associated with a dress that’s only worn once. So we made the decision instead of using polyester and synthetic materials, we would only use natural and recycled materials for our gowns.” 

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To be honest, I had never really thought about the waste that goes into creating a wedding gown. Although several gowns are resold, they eventually will end up in a landfill somewhere. I love that Kayla and Meaghan have followed their passion of dress making and found a way to make it better for the earth. 

On the 22nd of July they will be launching their first sustainable wedding dress collection – consisting of 6 gowns. They have sourced certified organic cotton lace from Germany, natural materials such as hemp, tencel, silk, bamboo and linen blends and even recycled materials produced from PET bottles. They source their materials and accessories from all over the world – Australia, New Zealand, America, Germany and Asia. 

Another thing that I love about Between Me and You Bridal is that all their gowns are made to order. Kayla says, “All of our dresses are sewn in house on the Sunshine Coast (Australia) with organic cotton thread and finished off with recycled zippers that have been made from recycled post-consumer polyester/yarn waste.” Even their packaging and tags remain plastic-free!

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A little bit more about their process: All their gowns are sold online and available through their website. A finished gown takes 12 to 24 weeks to complete. 

At Between Me and You Bridal, they use Eco-friendly and Earth-conscious materials — for a happy bride and a better future, one wedding gown at a time.

You can check out their wedding gowns, amazing photographs, and incredible videos on their Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/betweenmeandyoubridal/. You can also find them online on their launch day and thereafter at: https://www.betweenmeandyoubridal.com

I am so glad to have met and talked with Kayla from Between Me and You Bridal! I am so excited to see this sister duo launch their incredibly beautiful and sustainable bridal collection on July 22nd! Thank you for allowing me to feature you on Mary Taylor Weddings – the blog! We can’t wait to hear how the launch goes.

Signing off,

Mary Taylor <3


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Kimberly’s DIY Bridal Shower

I love getting to write blogs about real brides – brides that are currently going through the motions of planning their wedding. When I saw Kimberly post a bunch of images from her bridal shower on Facebook, I had to talk to her! As I am planning my own bridal shower, I have been looking at Pinterest. But sometimes, it’s hard to envision it all coming together that beautifully. When I saw Kimberly’s post, I knew it was possible! Her bridal shower is 100% Pinterest-worthy! When we got chatting, I learned that Kim’s bridesmaids and aunts did everything themselves! Even the bath bombs. If you want to create a bridal shower like Kim’s, look out for links to products throughout. Check out our DIY bridal shower signs and games on Etsy here.

Chalkboard Signs: https://amzn.to/2XhBjFZ 

When asked what her favorite part about the shower was, she says, “My favorite part of the bridal shower was being able to spend time with family. My fiancé’s family are all from New York and it is extremely rare that both of our families get to be together at the same time.” Because everything was 1. DIY and 2. absolutely gorgeous, I also wanted to know which of all the incredible decorations were her favorite. She said she LOVED the centerpieces, “the flower was gorgeous and the rose gold mason jars really added a nice accent. Our accent color in the wedding is going to be rose gold as well.” I love that they matched the bridal shower theme to the wedding theme! We are going to try to do the same for our wedding and shower as well. She said the bath bombs that her maid of honor made were also a huge hit and so was the pedicure in a jar (what to include below). 

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DIY Pedicure Mason Jar – Mason jars: https://amzn.to/2XlRx0L Super cute nail files: https://amzn.to/2LvHrTG Q-tips: https://amzn.to/2XiUzD0 Bulk nail polish options: https://amzn.to/2XjlIpk, https://amzn.to/2J0Xh7m, https://amzn.to/2XjSG97 Nail polish remover pads (bulk): https://amzn.to/2RJZWFf Nail clippers (bulk): https://amzn.to/2FHvPsY Hershey’s Kisses: https://amzn.to/2FKjdRW

Similar Chalkboard Sign: https://amzn.to/2XMHSji Similar Gifts & Cards: https://amzn.to/2LrAFhO

Kim also gave me some really cool ideas for other brides’ bridal showers! She said they played the newlywed game. She had to answer questions about herself to try and match her fiancé’s answers. For every answer she got wrong, she had to stick a piece of bubblegum in her mouth! She says, “It was SO hilarious, I could barely even talk by the time the game was over. Not sure if that’s a good or bad thing because my fiancé said a lot of different answers than I did, but everyone sure got a kick out of it.” 

Kim’s gorgeous dress (it even has pockets!): https://amzn.to/2J039xC 

One of her favorite moments of the shower was during gift opening. She says, “my aunt gave me the most emotional gift I’ve ever received in my life. My mom passed away over 9 years ago and she knows how hard it has been on me knowing that my mom isn’t able to be here for any of the most important times in my life. She had made me a pillow with my moms picture on it, and around her photo is lace that is made from her wedding dress. When I opened that gift the entire room, including me, was in tears. It was such an emotional, and sad, but beautiful moment.” How gorgeous is that?! Bridal showers are a great time to give personal and thoughtful gifts <3

I love that Kim’s shower included DIY projects, her family, funny games, and sweet moments like the one above. It sounds like the perfect bridal shower! The women who put together this event should be really proud of themselves. Congratulations to our bride-to-be, Kim! Thank you so much for allowing me to share about your beautiful and heartwarming bridal shower!

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How to Save Money Online Shopping

Money Saving Tips for online Shopping!

Okay brides (and grooms), I’ve got a few tips for saving money on your wedding shopping. First, I’d like to say that as a vendor and bride myself, I have firsthand seen people suggest to lie to your vendors about the type of event your having. I want to be clear that this doesn’t usually work in your favor (I will have another post about this coming up) so please do not lie to your vendors to try to save a few bucks. We all know this is one of the most important and expensive days of your lives so you want to do it to the best of your ability while not spending so much that you could buy a new car.

  1. Ebates. I honestly thought that Ebates was a scam but after doing research and signing up, I have earned more than $35 and my partner (who has his own account) has more than $20. It’s free and simple to use. They give you CASH BACK on purchases that you’re already making online. Some of my favorite stores that they work with are Aliexpress, Shutterfly (if you haven’t used Shutterfly before you can even get a free 8×8 book which would be perfect to show off your engagement photos), Macy’s, Amazon, Clinique, and many more! I have downloaded the plug in for my browser which makes it so much easier to us.
  2. Aliexpress! Honestly, I should do a whole blog about the things I have gotten from Aliexpess because so much of my wedding (and household items) have been purchased off them. I have never had any issues with the quality of things I have received (some even custom made). However, be prepared that shipping does take a while. My fiancé likes to say, “They make you wait until you forget about it so when you do get it in the mail you’re wondering what it is!”
  3. The Amazon credit card (especially great for Prime members but beneficial either way). This credit card is completely free, has no international fees, and gives you 5% back on all Prime purchases plus 5% back at wholefoods. They also give 2% back at restaurants, gas stations, and drugstores. 1% back on everything else. I personally have and use this card and have earned hundreds of dollars back on Amazon purchases. Amazon Prime is also great for those that want to purchase things last minute!
  4. Alibaba. This platform was a bit daunting to me in the beginning because it is more of wholesale type company. We purchased two hundred custom designed (by me) favors for our guests (keeping it a secret as of now but trust me, they’re incredible). Each item came out to less than US$2.50 each (to give you some perspective, if I were to buy these at another store – not customized – they would have been around US$8-15 each).
  5. Etsy. Etsy is great for handmade gifts, clothes, and especially, signage for your wedding. I will have another blog on all of the Etsy recommendations I have! I found printable signs for less than $1!
  6. MarryMe (which also has Ebates discounts) is a great site that was recommended to a group that I am in on Facebook. They have really inexpensive wedding related decorations and essentials!

I hope this helps you to save a bit of money in your wedding planning process! If you have any other suggestions for myself or other brides, please comment below!