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7 Ways to have a Fair Trade Wedding

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5 ways to make your wedding fair trade


Amani ya Juu is bringing peace, reconciliation, & dignity to the lives of African women. The jewelry, home goods, clothing, purses, accessories, and other items they produce don't just look beautiful---they tell a beautiful story. Amani operates on a relatively small budget, & we rely upon passionate customers to spread the word about our work. Consider incorporating Amani products into your wedding in these clever ways!

1) Register at

Introduce your guests to Amani AND snag all of the lovely home and kitchen goodies you've been eyeing. Every home needs a touch of African flair!

[caption id="attachment_3647" align="aligncenter" width="560"]IMG_0979-4 African Olivewood Bowl, $38. Original Patch Placemat Set, $46. Horn Salt & Pepper Shakers (available in-store only). Fish Bowl Set (available in Store only).[/caption]
[caption id="attachment_3648" align="aligncenter" width="560" class=" "]IMG_5168 The Beatrice Quilt, $162[/caption] [caption id="attachment_3655" align="aligncenter" width="560"]Screen Shot 2014-09-20 at 9.09.06 PM Register for gifts at[/caption]

2) Wear Amani to your engagement shoot.

Your engagement photos tell a special story. Why not tell the Amani story, too! Bonus points for mentioning when you post them on social media!

[caption id="attachment_3642" align="aligncenter" width="560" class=" "]10348684_858590094154333_2043134078290385430_o Circle Skirt Dress (available in-store only)[/caption] [caption id="attachment_3640" align="aligncenter" width="560" class=" "]Kirwan_0001 Bottle Bead Brass Strand Necklace, $38[/caption] [caption id="attachment_3641" align="aligncenter" width="560" class=" "]Zgb50hoFQYf2A51oP8s-56Rm293voyr-qmw9Bd3YItE Horn and Bone Earrings (available in-store only)[/caption] [caption id="attachment_3639" align="aligncenter" width="560" class=" "]59J2RgLmnlhFVj4A454MJKQKZgjJmD4QAMDxJmx1xoI The Izetta Circle Skirt, $50[/caption] [caption id="attachment_3644" align="aligncenter" width="560"]10348684_858590094154333_2043134078290385430_o Circle Skirt Dress (available in-store only)[/caption] [caption id="attachment_3645" align="aligncenter" width="560" class=" "]IMG_9858 African Sankofa Scarf, $28. Men's Lapa Tie, $28[/caption]

3) Use Amani decor for the reception.

Display handmade African napkin rings at the tables. Deck the reception hall with hand-stitched flag garlands from Uganda.

[caption id="attachment_3650" align="aligncenter" width="560"]IMG_2921 Kitenge Napkin Set, $24. Banana Leaf Animal Napkin Rings (available in-store only)[/caption]   [caption id="attachment_3653" align="aligncenter" width="560"]IMG_1255 Flag Garland, $18[/caption]


4) Give Amani as thank you gifts for hostesses.

Did some wonderful ladies throw you a shower? Thank them with a gift that gives back. Be sure to tell the recipient to check the tag to find out who made it!

[caption id="attachment_3652" align="aligncenter" width="560"]IMG_0643 African Olivewood Bone and Spoon Set, $18[/caption]


5) Send Amani thank you cards.

The wedding is over, you've returned from honeymooning, and a pile of gifts are in the living room. Send a thoughtful response to each giver with a recycled card from Africa!

[caption id="attachment_3654" align="aligncenter" width="541"]Thank-You-1 Kitenge Card, $3.75[/caption] [caption id="attachment_3659" align="aligncenter" width="560"]IMG_12391 Lapa Card Set of 5, $8[/caption]

6) Get crafty with Amani.

When you order jewelry at, jewelry comes in a cute little fabric gift bag. If you or a friend is feeling crafty, two jewelry bags can easily become a garter for your wedding day!

[caption id="attachment_3677" align="aligncenter" width="480" class=" "]fair trade fabric Feeling crafty? Recycle Amani jewelry bags and make yourself a garter for the big day![/caption]

7) Decorate Bridesmaid gifts with Amani.

Our friend Laura gave her bridesmaids a gift of champaign ...decorated with handmade tags from Africa!

[caption id="attachment_3680" align="aligncenter" width="225" class=" "]fair trade tags Decorate bottles of champagne with Amani tags! (available only in some stores)[/caption]

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