A lot goes into finding the perfect wedding dress.
For many brides, the gown of their dreams doesn’t just have to wow their significant other, it also has to be ethically sourced.
Thankfully, conscious and eco-friendly brides don’t have to give up the glam in order to find something that’s both affordable and sustainable. Many designers are embracing a green approach when it comes to the iconic white dress.
However, you’ll have to do your fair share of research to find the dress that checks off all the boxes.
To begin your search, you have to first define the kind of dress you want, Ecocult explains.
If you’re open to vintage or used gowns, they typically cost less than a new, traditional one.
Next, you have to do your due-diligence to find a sustainable designer. The article notes that finding a company or designer that does not wholesale to boutiques can offer dresses at a desirable pricepoint.
However, that typically means you have to visit the local store or shop online.
Etsy can also be a great place to find handmade and vintage dresses.
Some other suggestions include Leanne Marshall, Rita Colson, and Loulette Bride.
Now, that doesn’t mean you have to skip your “Say Yes to the Dress” moment.
Many bridal salons carry “eco-friendly” dresses, but you have to be very upfront about what you are looking for.
The author suggests dresses with no polyester that are made in countries with strong labor protections such as U.S., Canada, Europe, or Australia. Many sustainable companies also use organic cotton, real silk, and recycled fabrics.
If a dress has sequins, lace, and other embellishments, it is suggested that you ask where it was made to ensure that they are also sustainable.
Other suggestions include skipping “wedding” dresses altogether and opting for a designer white dress without the wedding label, or renting/buying used dresses that limit the amount of resources used.
The outlet notes that even if the dress isn’t made of sustainable materials, buying a used dress is the equivalent of recycling.
Renting a dress has never been easier with sites like Rent the Runway, Happily Ever Borrowed, or Adorn.
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