We all know that men’s wedding outfits are easy to arrange – the vast majority of men will rent outfits and then just return them after the wedding and while this is an option for the bride and the bridesmaids, it is not always what we want. So how do we get an eco-friendly wedding outfit that is exactly what we want?
When it comes to the dress there are plenty of options. You could find a local seamstress to make a dress to your own specifications using eco-friendly fabrics. You could opt for a vintage or secondhand dress or you could even turn to a designer known for producing new dresses with an eco-friendly slant.
Sustainable fabrics such as organic cotton, some silk blends or vintage fabrics are often the best choice when creating an eco-friendly wedding dress. There are suppliers that have them in stock and finding one local to you should not be a problem.
The trend for vintage wedding dresses shows no signs of abating and this is a good thing when it comes to the eco-friendly dress. There are plenty of vintage websites that you can check out for ideas, but thrift shops also stock secondhand wedding dresses and with a little bit of searching finding a gem should be easy. It is easy enough to find somebody to carry out a few alterations if needed. There are also plenty of designers now that want to make the most of the trend for eco-friendly dresses so a quick search on the internet should find one that you like and a store that stocks their designs locally.
The main issue with a wedding dress is that you will only wear it once, so what should you do with it after the wedding? The options are endless. You can donate it to charity, have another outfit made from it or pass it on to another family member. The main thing is not to leave it languishing at the back of the closet.
Shoes are probably the one part of the bride’s outfit that most people will forget when it comes to eco-friendly fashion. There are designers that create eco-friendly shoes although these are not going to be to everyone’s taste. For this reason it is probably a good idea to hit the vintage and thrift stores again. In most cases wedding shoes will only have been worn once so it can be easy to find a pair that is in almost-new condition. Again, once the wedding is over pass them on to another person or donate them to charity.
Extras such as a veil are very easy to find in vintage stores so if you want to consider eco-friendly for accessories as well then you should not have a problem, but whatever you choose to do, make sure that you have an outfit that you will love and that you will have a day to remember.
With many people looking to be environmentally aware these days, it is natural that it should be considered for every aspect of life and your wedding day is no different. After all, there are environmental implications in everything we do and when we plan for weddings the environment might unfortunately be overlooked. It is estimated that the average wedding will leave behind 400lbs of waste and create 63 tons of CO2.
Consider the implications of a traditional wedding:
- Stationery – invitations, order of service and other printed materials for the day will have an impact on the environment.
- Transport – those traditional vintage cars are not really eco-friendly are they?
- Outfits – wedding clothes can be just as unsustainable as other outfits you buy, even more so when you consider that they will only be worn once.
- Venue – is the venue an environmentally friendly one?
These are just a few factors to take into consideration but when you sit down and add it all up your wedding day could be one of the most unsustainable days of your life.
So how do you combat this? First of all by making sure that you look into every aspect of the day carefully and making sure that it is as green as possible. You will soon realize that an environmentally friendly wedding is easier to arrange than you might think.
Minimizing waste is an essential part of the process. For example, room decorations for the reception. These are often thrown away at the end of the day but you could hire reusable decorations so that nothing goes to waste. Hiring items is often the most environmentally friendly way to have the look and feel that you want for your day without the guilty conscience. These items will be used time and time again, reducing any impact that they have on the environment.
Then there are other aspects of the wedding. Flowers, for example, are something that most people would not think could leave a negative impact on the environment. However, many commercially grown flowers are grown with the help of fertilizers and then there are the environmental implications of transportation. For a greener wedding, organically grown flowers are a must and locally sourced flowers are essential for reducing environmental impact.
Choosing a venue that has a strong sustainable focus is an important factor. Consider how the venue generates energy. If you are opting for a hotel ask if they make use of solar power or other methods that reduce their CO2 emissions. Talk to the caterers to see if their ingredients are organic and sourced locally. Find a dress made from organic fibers or use one that is hired or borrowed. Make your own invitations or send them electronically to reduce environmental impact.
All of these are small changes that can be made to the traditional wedding and their impact will hardly be noticed – least of all by the environment.