We’ve been covering a lot of charity and ethical clothing launches over on our fashion site ShinyStyle this week, so we decided that today it was only fair to spread some of the goodwill over to the bridal side of things too.
We’ve therefore put together a range of ways you can make you’re wedding day even more special for not only your loved ones but also for people who aren’t as fortunate as you.
Step one: For those who have it all
If you already have your own house and everything including the kitchen sink then why not get your guests to donate what they would have spent on wedding presents to a charity of your choice.
One such charity that offers this is charitygiving, which let’s you choose as many charities to benefit as you wish, hold your account open for as long as you like, and your guests can give to all, or selected charities at any time. The organisation will also give you your own webpage, so that guests can read about you and your chosen charities, and let them give online.
Cancer Research also offers a similar service on its Give in Celebration website, which enables you to set up a personalised page to celebrate your event.
Step two: Charity favours
Your guests will just be happy to be at your big day, so instead of giving them favours why not donate that part of the budget to a charity. The NSPCC offers a fantastic service and once you’ve donated to them they will give you designed small white cards with text that describes what you are doing. Many other charities do the same so give them a call if this is something you are interested in.
Step three: Buy an ethical dress
Sweat shops and commercial materials are still rife despite active efforts to stop this kind of trade. To ensure you don’t contribute to this why not buy an ethical dress, which will contain fair trade fabrics, which help those in developing countries work fairly and in better conditions.
The Tammam Studio located in London, sources stunning developing peace silks and beautiful vegan satins all woven under Fair Trade conditions. All the bespoke dresses are handmade by the resident designer, Lucy, in the Tammam Studio. Pret a porter dresses (approx £800) are made in Fair Trade workshops in India and nepal (please allow 13 weeks) and can be adjusted to fit at the London studio where clients are met for appointments and especially at the later stages of the dress making. Fair trade embellishment (embroidery / beading is carried out at a workshop in India).
Step four: Ask for ethical gifts
Ethical and eco friendly wedding gifts are readily available and will ensure you not only help those in developing countries but also save the environment. There are a range of stores that offer ethical wedding present lists including Ethical Superstore and Biome Lifestyle, which offers a range of ethical homeware and gifts including recycled iron frying pans and glasses made from, well recycled glass.