Upcoming events

17 January 2016
Upcoming events
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Below are a list of upcoming events around Victoria, through the month of February and March. All of these will be found on the events page.

Talking Rubbish
Hosted by Sustainable Living Festival

When: 2.00pm - 3.00pm on Saturday 13 February 2016
Where: The Shed, Sustainable Living Festival - Big Weekend, Birrarung Marr, Melbourne 3000
How much: Free
slf.org.au

Zero waste living workshop
Hosted by City of Port Phillip

When: 6.30pm - 8.30 pm on Wednesday 24 February 2016
Where: St Kilda Town Hall, 99a Carlisle Street, St Kilda 3182
How much: Free
Bookings: Online FULLY BOOKED

Backyard Feast cooking demonstration

Hosted by Warrnambool City Council

When: 9.30am & 12.45 pm on Saturday 20 February 2016
Where: Civic Green, Cnr Liebig and Timor Streets, Warrnambool 3280
How much: Free
www.warrnambool.vic.gov.au/slf

Zero waste living workshop
Hosted by City of Port Phillip

When: 6.30pm - 8.30 pm on Wednesday 2 March 2016
Where: St Kilda Town Hall, 99a Carlisle Street, St Kilda 3182
How much: Free
Bookings: Tickets available soon



Another big event coming up later in the year, is our wedding. We are very excited about planning our big day....actually the Builder is more excited than me, and is organising most of it. It will not be a small event, but rather large! Or larger than I ever imagined my wedding would be. If I organised it, then we would be straight to the registry office, followed by a loooong picnic lunch at one of the gardens in Melbourne, just the two of us.

We are planning it as a plastic free and zero waste wedding, which we think we can pull off. My biggest concern is food waste.

We kicked things off with a second hand engagement ring. I never wanted one. While they are a beautiful statement, personally, I did not understand the need for them. Then my Mum offered the Builder an old ring of hers and he surprised me with it a couple days after. It's nice to have something from my Mum. I have already decided to wear an old ring of hers as my wedding band too. 

I am also going to reuse a dress that I have, rather than buy a new one. But more on that later...

So, for all those that have planned weddings, what tips would you have? I'll pass them onto the wedding planner ;) 

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  1. Hoping I can see you present at SLF this year!

    My best piece of advice is to have a wedding planner to deal with issues on the day, but as you've already organised that I think you're winning! For our wedding, we had a clearly signed container for food scraps. We'd spoken to several guests before the day who were happy to take a portion home to their own compost bins when they left. Perhaps that will work for you also?

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    1. I wish we had a wedding planner. My fiancee is supposed to be the wedding planner. That is a good idea about having a container for food scraps. We are also going to try and team up with a company that delivers left overs to people who need it.

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  2. Can't wait to see what you do for the wedding. We had 70 people at ours in a bush setting and kept everything simple. I hand made a lot of stuff and looked for a second hand dress but in the end I fell in love with something new on a manikin. It was so cheap I had to get it. The day was just right for us. I think you are right about the food waste being the biggest problem, but I'm sure you will find a good solution. Have fun!

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    1. Thanks Tammy :) A bush wedding sounds beautiful. I have a sneaking suspicion ours will be over 100 people. With some careful planning, it should be ok. Hopefully...

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  3. Congrats on the upcoming nuptials!

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  4. Anonymous1/19/2016

    Ours was at my parents place on their farm back in NZ. We did all the food ourselves and then invited people back the following day for breakfast to use up the leftover food. Worked great! Then we either borrowed, made or bought secondhand everything else. Good luck x

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    1. That sounds like a great idea. That could actually work for us too. Thanks for sharing the tip.

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  5. Anonymous1/19/2016

    How exciting Erin. Gifts is another big waste potential! It is common for couples to ask for a financial contribution to their honeymoon/household 'stuff' etc. Direct deposit unto their bank account, no packaging required! People will also want to give you cards. And i also got given lots of little trinkety things like horseshoes etc. Table decorations is another thing! Easy ideas are backyard flowers in jam jars or succulents in cute pots you could let your guests take home. Giodluck xxx

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    1. I didn't even think of the card thing. Though I might do cards, because some people do like to write notes. I live near bushland and will try to source greenery from there. My workplace has flowers delivered each week, i'm looking to use those too.

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  6. Congrats Erin! We also borrowed, made or bought second-hand everything. We had a mismatch of vintage plates that I had collected from op-shops over 6 months, then I passed them onto another friend who was getting married the following year. MC's announced to guests to "hold onto your cutlery and glasses" to help reduce unnecessary washing. I asked guests to bring a posy of flowers- preferably from their gardens- and had glass jars pre-set on the tables filled with water, in which guests placed their flowers in. As we had most of our guests stay over (wedding was on a farm in trafalgar and guests camped), I gifted as many posies home the next day :)

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    1. The MC suggestion is a great idea!!! We are thinking of putting up subtle reminders of some "waste free" requests at the venue. There will be close to 50 + people who don't know our way of living. We have already decided on no straws and no soft drinks. You have given me some great ideas, thanks so much :)

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  7. So exciting! Congrats, Erin! Love following along with you.

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    1. Thanks you for the congratulations :)

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  8. Congratulations! Wow! Good on you for going for a plastic free wedding! Ours wasn't plastic free but we tried to be a bit Eco. We had 130 guests - we asked everyone to bring a plate of food to share, I picked lots of rosemary from our garden to place in the middle of the tables around home made soy candles - I still have some if you'd like them. I also picked some gum leaves to write ppl's names on which looked great but I think the pens we used were plastic. We hired a hall, a bush band, second hand crockery and a small catering group to help with packing food away and the clean up. Then we had lots of interstate ppl staying at our house after the wedding so we used the left overs to feed our guests for the next couple of days. If I had my time over I would hire the ASRC or similar group to cater because I didn't really think about other ppl's use of glad wrap, plastic etc. so bring a plate wasn't as Eco as we would have liked it to be but very tasty. The other factor we looked at was proximity to a train station and because we booked a venue close to a train station lots of ppl used it instead of driving which was great. Just curious- are you going to have photos printed? We printed photos as thank you cards but in retrospect it wasn't a very Eco option. Good luck with it! Shay

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    1. Thank you SO much  Ours is tipped to be over 100 people. My dream would be to have everyone bring a plate of something and then pin their recipe up on a wall, so people can copy it. However, we can’t do that…there are certain things some people expect us to do. It’s funny you said the ASRC, they are our top pick. I have a eucalyptus themed invite, so I might steal the idea of the gum leaves. I still have a few pens that should work well for that. That will save a lot of paper. Our ceremony will be 5mins from the train station and the reception will be 2 mins too away from the station too. We are not sure if we will get a bus to shuttle everyone between the two. They are on the same train line…my only concern is the weather as it will be late May. Not sure about photos being printed yet. I probably won’t but the boy might. Thanks for the advice, I really appreciate it. How many soy candles do you have?

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  9. I think I have around 30 all in different size jars. I can send you a photo, I'm just new to blogging and not sure how to attach a photo. If you would like to make your own, I still have some left over wax and happy to lend you my equipment: thermometer, pan etc...

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  10. It's a very tough job to arrange an event. As I'm professional I can understand it better because I need to manage both my official work as well as an event sometimes if its responsibility came upon me. So, to easier the task I simply go for event hire !

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