It’s wedding season! Planning a wedding? Getting married is one of the biggest, most lavish parties you’ll ever throw and certainly a monumental life event! Unfortunately, weddings can also be an un-Earth friendly affair. So what’s the Earth loving, eco-bride to do? Go green when you can. Here are some of the easiest ways to be eco-friendly when planning your big walk down the aisle.
If your style is more Downton Abbey than downtown or you’re more of a Mad Men style girl than a sleek, modern bride – consider shopping vintage for your wedding dress. With so many styles and silhouettes to choose from, selecting a vintage gown insures you’ll find a style that suits you and is totally unique. Not crazy about hunting for an older gown? Check out your mom’s closet…or even your Mother-in-Law’s or Grandmother. Most women save their wedding dresses in hopes their daughters will want to wear it. Don’t rule it out just because you’re not a fan of the style. A great seamstress or budding fashion design student can work wonders on an old wedding dress. Have it restyled into something that’s perfect for you. Plus, selecting or repurposing a vintage frock is one of the greenest things you can do – it’s living beautifully meets recycle, reduce, reuse.
Photo from Concetta’s Closet on Etsy
Green stationary has come leaps and bounds in the past few years. You can now get gorgeous eco-friendly invitations printed on recycled paper with soy-based inks. Ask your stationer about their recycled invitation options or check out online sites like Minted.com. You can also save paper (and stamp money) by using postcard response RSVP cards instead of a card and envelope. Consider creating a wedding website with Weebly for information like hotels, directions, and gift registries instead of printing inserts for the invitations.
Photo from Minted.com
Wedding accessories like something old, new, borrowed, and blue are easy to go green with! Borrowed from a friend is easy, as is something old. Consider wearing jewelry from a relative or friend’s previous wedding or fabulous jewelry collection. Or have custom jewelry made from vintage pieces. Jewelry designers like PenelliBelle and Monsieur Pamplemousse specialize in updating vintage pieces into new designs. Take grandma’s broken pearls or an old brooch and have it created into a new necklace. Don’t forget veils and headpieces too – wear a friend’s old veil (borrowed AND old) or have a veil from a vintage shop cut into a better shape for you by your seamstress.
Photo from PenelliBelle
Opt for vegan, cruelty free, and natural based makeup products when you can that can easily go into your normal makeup collection after the big day. There’s no need to buy special wedding only makeup. Pick fabulous colors you’ll wear after your wedding day. Try brands like Tarte Cosmetics, Physician’s Formula, or Alicia Silverstone’s new line for Juice. And of course, you’ll want to use eco-friendly makeup brushes…like EcoTools! Our 6 Piece Brush Set has all the essentials you’ll need for touch ups before, during, and after. Don’t forget to tote your make essentials to your bridal suite in style with a roomy train case – we love our EcoTools by Alicia Silverstone Train Case or look for a cool, vintage on on Ebay.
Of course there are tons of other Earth-Friendly ideas – like donating to charity instead of handing out favors, buying in-season flowers, serving food from restaurants that source from local farms, etc. Are you getting married this year? How will you be incorporating eco-friendly details into your wedding day?