‘Green’ weddings are something we’re quite keen on here, but don’t worry, we’re not going to get evangelical about it (we’ve got ethical consumerism blog Hippyshopper for that!), if you want to go eco-friendly all the way, it is entirely possible and for the rest of you, even picking one organic element will help the earth.
I’ve drawn up a guide to the very best of green weddings from wedding dresses to bridal beauty, to shoes and accessories with wedding gifts, champagne and more to follow in part two. And if you have any of your own favourite green suppliers to add, make sure you leave a comment!
You think weddings, you naturally think wedding dress and there are some great styles out there. For those of you who’ll happily go for the ‘pre-loved’ option, check out a once worn dress at eBay (check out Amber’s eBay bargain of the week) or visit The Dressmarket. Oxfam has several dedicated bridal boutiques with new and used dresses and your fee, around £250 per dress, will go to helping the needy.
But if you want a gown made from actual organic materials, try US based Olivia Luca for their bespoke styles made from fairtrade materials. Here in the UK, head to Wholly Jo for bridalwear made from Peace Silks, organic cotton, hemp and fairtrade fabrics. If you are, or know, a good seamstress, head to Greenfibres for eco fabrics and whip up your own dress. You can see a full eco outfit, fit for any bride, that I’ve put together here.
For non-leather footwear fans, many bridal styles are available in man-made materials, but to be sure of you eco-credentials drop by Beyond Skin.
Accessories and jewellery
This summer Enamore will be revealing a selection of organic silk and soya jersey lingerie, but if you want something a little more visible, check out recycled glass tiaras from Caroline Janganant. For your wedding rings, visit Cred for fairtrade gold or how about a lab-grown engagement ring instead of mined stones.
Organic beauty is big business these days and the bridal market certainly hasn’t gone unnoticed. One of the latest premium brands to join the green bandwagon is Stella McCartney with her ‘Care’ range but if you fancy doubling pampering treats up as a gift, take a look at Lovely Organics hampers.
Part two to follow with organic wedding gifts, wines, food and more!