Green Wedding Series: Eco-Friendly Dress Ideas
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Green Wedding Series: Eco-Friendly Dress Ideas

Posted on Thursday, June 20th, 2013 at 2:23 pm
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Collection of wedding dresses in the shopOne of the biggest components of any wedding is the bridal gown. Whether you’re throwing a small backyard wedding or a huge ballroom bash, all eyes are going to be on the bride. That’s why having a gorgeous dress that represents the bride’s style is important. Unfortunately, many synthetic fabrics take a toll on the environment. Also, there are inevitably going to be fabric scraps thrown away when creating a new gown. There are many ways to keep your dress environmentally friendly without ever having to sacrifice style!

Shop for Organic Fabrics

If you’re in the market for a brand new gown, consider researching brands that make gowns from eco-friendly fabrics. Organic cotton or hemp are great alternatives to commercially made cotton or silk. It may cost a little more, but you’ll definitely be doing your part. You can also look for designers who use organic or vegetarian silk. “Peace Silk” or “Vegetarian Silk” is made on farms that treat the silkworms humanely. This is another great way to keep your wedding “green.”

Second Hand

For many, buying a brand new dress is a big part of getting ready for a wedding. However, if this isn’t super important to you, you can check out thrift shops or vintage stores to find a great dress that’s only been worn once. You can usually score a well-preserved, vintage dress that will not only look great, but will cost very little. You can always take it to a tailor to ensure that it fits you properly.  You can also consider wearing your mother or grandmother’s dress, if it suits your style.

If you want something that’s all you, ask if you can take your mother or grandmother’s dress to a seamstress to create something all new out of the fabric.

Your Bridesmaids

While you, the bride, want to look great on the big day, you want to be sure the ladies standing by your side look good too. Instead of asking your bridesmaids to all wear the same, new dress, just ask them to wear a dress they already own. You can just specify a style or a length and let them go from there. One good option is to just ask them to wear a black cocktail dress. Just about every woman has a classic “little black dress” hanging in her closet. The added benefit is that every girl will feel good in what she is wearing. Plus, she’ll wear it again!

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