Micro Weddings are IN, they are cute and they are so much better for the planet!

What's the difference between a micro wedding and an elopement?

Micro or small scale weddings have a guest count of 30-50 people and the order of events is similar to those at a regular wedding.

Elopements are considered under 10 people and the affair is usually planned under the radar (and not far ahead of time).

Now let's talk eco-friendly..

Having an eco-friendly micro wedding lets you celebrate with your nearest and dearest, and enables you to spend more money on the things you love - farm to table food, organic wine, and local products - and less money on people you don't even know that well. Seems like a good deal right?

When searching for an eco-friendly wedding venue in Toronto, there are many factors to be considerate of: how many people does the space accommodate, are there any noise restrictions past a certain time, is it wheelchair accessible, is there parking and the list goes on....

As an eco-friendly event planner I have traveled around the city viewing hundreds of venues and asking what types of sustainable practices these spaces have in place. Now the game has changed again: what venues are still open after being hit with a global pandemic and do they offer flexible small scale or micro wedding packages?

Beware of venues stating they are eco-friendly because they recycle and compost. Although this is a great practice, it does not mean that they are eco-friendly.

Things to look for and ask for when assessing the green practices of a venue (even during COVID-19) ~

- willingness to omit as much plastic as possible from the event

- the use of eco-friendly cleaning products

- the use of eco friendly dry cleaning for all linens & napkins

- refraining from the use of plastic straws and plastic water bottles

- the use of LED light bulbs

If they have in-house catering ~

- sourcing of local food (farm to table concept)

- do they grow their own herbs

- refrains from covering food in plastic wrap (towels or beeswax wrap instead)

- have the proper compost & recycling measures in place

- is signed up or is willing to sign up for a Second Harvest program called FoodRescue.ca

These are my top 5 recommendations for eco-friendly venues that host amazing micro weddings in Toronto; they all have a micro-wedding package in place or are very willing to accommodate small scale weddings. Need a eco-friendly wedding planner to guide you through your journey? Eco-friendly weddings are our specialty here at Perrier Planning!

1. Evergreen Brickworks

2. Miller Lash House

3. Granite Brewery

4. The Gladstone Hotel

5. Kortright Event Space

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Hi Everyone,

Right now I am staying at a family cottage on Charleston Lake, and we have some furry friends here for a visit. Meet Ivy (the cutie in the top pictures) and Bruce (the sun tanner in the bottom pictures). Having them around has been a lot of fun and yesterday my aunt suggested that I write about sustainable and low waste pet care.

After doing a little digging, I came across an article on the Hustle called The dark side of dog food where it lists some of the main ingredients in dog food as "butylated hydroxyanisole, sodium tripolyphosphate, and propylene glycol". Does anyone have any idea what those words even mean? Ya, neither do I.

Even moving past the fact that we are feeding these beloved creatures foods filled with unhealthy chemicals (and sometimes even contaminated animal remains ewwww), most dog foods and treats come in plastic packaging. It's a double threat.

Here are some ideas for creating a healthier & low waste lifestyle for your dog:

Make Your Own Dog Treats

Look no further for a cute dog bone mold - this silicone dog treat maker from Wooftown in Toronto is a perfect zero waste alternative.

Dog Treat Recipes :

The Mom on Timeout has a great recipe for peanut butter pumpkin treats.

These sweet potato dog chews also seem to be a hit among our furry friends.

Does your dog have bad breath? These homemade breath freshening dog biscuits will do the trick and they are grain free (for any dogs with allergies).

Buy Bulk Dog Food OR Make Your Own

I am not a dog food expert, and I know every dog has a different type of diet, so here are three different low waste alternatives for your pup. Whatever you do, just make sure that you can read and understand the ingredients in the food you give them.

1) Try Making Your Own Dog Food

Here is a popular recipe from Dam Delicious - click here

2) Find a Store That Offers Bulk Dog Food or Sells Food In Large Reusable Containers

Toronto - Wholesome Canine

Vancouver - The Good Boy Collective

If you can't find a store near you that sells bulk style dog food (where you can bring your own container or bucket) than ask the owner if this is something they are willing to start up in the future. Ask for what you want!

3) Order A Pet Food Packaging Zero Waste Box

Do you already have a healthy and all-natural dog food that your dog loves that comes in plastic packaging? Most municipalities in Canada won't recycle dog food bags because they are unwilling to separate the paper and plastic layers that have been sealed together.

Luckily, this great company called TerraCycle has a way you can - you can purchase a zero waste box from them. You can put any dog food packaging in the box and send it back to them when it is full. Then the company will properly break down all of the packaging and mold them into new recycled plastic products.

Click Here to Find Out More

Buy Sustainable Dog Grooming Supplies AND Toys

Just as we search for sustainable and locally made products for ourselves, we can't forget about fur babies.

Here are some great eco products that are popular among the dog owners I know -

Earth Rated Poop Bags

Smelly Dog Essential Oil Spray

Eco Dog Mat

Hemp Rope

Wool Tug Dog Toy

That's all for today! Please comment below if you have any sustainable products or dog food brands that you love.

Happy Long Weekend,

Hi Everyone,

Now that the world is starting to open up again and Stage 3 is almost upon us in Toronto, coffee shops are starting to see life again - YAY! I was so sad to see some shut down permanently.

I have been craving an oat milk latte like no other, but unfortunately so many coffee shops are now rejecting reusable mugs; which makes that latte a little less appealing. Looking at local coffee shops across Canada, disposable items are on the rise due to COVID restrictions regarding in-house dining. Luckily, there are still a few cafes that realize the importance of lowering their carbon footprint and have not banned the "bring your own mug".

After much research I have compiled a list of coffee shops that you can visit in Toronto (zero waste style).

Toronto Coffee Shops Accepting BYOM

Plaxton Coffee -

East York's best coffee shop, with cork walls and plant decor.

  • Delicious croissants

  • Dairy free alternatives

  • Vegan options

Almond Butterfly Cafe & Bakery

This cute cafe on Harbord St. has amazing quality food.

  • Dairy free alternatives

  • Delicious food

  • Gluten free and soy free options

  • Vegan options

9Bars Coffee

Amazing coffee, gelato and mini pancakes.

  • Delicious espresso

  • Good for kids

White Squirrel Coffee

This cute little gem is across from the entrance to Trinity Bellwoods Park.

(Queen St. W Entrance)

  • Fair Trade Coffee

  • Organic dairy

  • Eco friendly practices

Tango Palace Coffee Company

This place is known for its relaxing atmosphere - art nouveau style and big comfy chairs.

  • Vegan options

  • Delicious quiche

Zav Coffee Shop

An art gallery and coffee shop that makes a mean espresso.

  • Delicious espresso

  • Good coffee cakes

Skip these ones...

Toronto Coffee Shops Not Accepting BYOM:


Tim Hortons

Coffee Time

Dark Horse Espresso Bar


Neo Coffee Bar

Hot Black Coffee

Krave Coffee

I challenge you to go visit one of these 6 local coffee shops and explore a different neighbourhood this weekend. Local is always better for the planet. And don't forget your reusable mug!

Please comment below if you find a coffee shop that I have missed that is accepting BYOM.

Much love,

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