By choosing a sustainable gown for your big day, you will get the dress of your dreams without negatively impacting the environment. You won't have to worry about your dress looking like a hemp sack--more and more eco-couture designers are coming out with amazing dresses.
Choose the Right Fabric
If the dress is new or being made for you, look to have it made from sustainable fabrics, like hemp, peace silk, organic cotton, bamboo, other silk blends, or vintage fabrics. Choose organic cotton dresses over just plain old "cotton" which is one the most heavily pesticided crop on the planet. These fabrics are amazing to work with and make for elegant wedding dress material. If you're more of a DIY-er and have your own design, find a local dressmaker or seamstress to fashion your own one-of-a-kind gown. If the dressmaker doesn't have a source for sustainable fabrics, you can order them from a local green fabric store.
Go Vintage or Used
This year detailed open backs, layering, sashes, pastel colors and neutral tones are all the rage. You can find any of these style trends with vintage materials. Start prowling your local thrift stores, because you might just get lucky. A few things to consider when shopping for used or vintage dresses: keep an open mind; dresses can be altered to fit you if they are too big, but not very easily if they are too small; and for online shopping know your measurements. Green bridal couture doesn't always come straight off the racks of the latest designers. Some brides choose to follow an alternative eco-friendly trend and purchase a previously worn dress.
Go Green with Accessories
Finding a unique use for your grandmother's brooch or incorporating the beading of your mother's wedding dress also keeps in line with a "green" wedding approach. Instead of buying jewelry that has been mass produced, try finding artists who make handmade pieces with environmentally sensitive materials, or reclaimed fabric and beads.
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About the author:
GBG's CEO, Kate L. Harrison, has a JD in Environmental Law and a Master's from Yale in Environmental Policy. She planned her own green wedding in 2007 and wrote the best selling green wedding book The Green Bride Guide: How to Plan an Earth-Friendly Wedding on Any Budget. In 2009, she founded www.greenbrideguide.com to help couples use their weddings to promote social and environmental change while supporting the local green economy.