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5 eco wedding dresses via Etsy

By Elisabeth Edvardsen on November 24th, 2011

With the world being in a dire state – disappearing polar ice and economic meltdown looming – it is no wonder that many people are wondering how they can make their lives, and weddings, greener. While I love the extravagant high fashion bridal designs I often write about here, I’ve also been increasingly wondering what is available out there for eco-chic brides-to-be.

I headed over to the Etsy marketplace to see what eco wedding dresses were to be found. And I didn’t end up disappointed; below are five of the gorgeous dresses made by independent designers, each single one a sure thing to make you a beautiful green bride.

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This one-shouldered beauty is created out of eco hemp/silk and is sure to please the most creative bride. With a scooped strapless neckline, low-V back and a braided one shoulder strap this dress oozes drama. Best of all it has hidden pockets! The petal motif on the front and back add whimsical flair. The custom order wedding dress is made by Abstract Pretty and costs $2,500USD / £1,639.34 GBP.

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Etsy find: upcycled eco wedding dress by Malam

By Elisabeth Edvardsen on November 22nd, 2011

If you’re after a wedding dress with a twist you’ll love this eco handmade gown that is made from vintage re-purposed fabrics – the key to being a green bride.

The blue hand-dyed linen that make up the corset is from vintage French and German mail bags, adorned with vintage lace, chains and old clock parts. The dress closes at the back with white off-white sateen ribbon. The skirt is made from vintage castle curtains – a novel way of being a fairytale princess!

If you like what you see, you best hurry as there is only one dress like it! The UK size 12 dress is available from Malam’s Etsy shop for €1.400,00 EUR (around £1,242.35).

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Nordic vintage eco bridal collection by Minna

By Elisabeth Edvardsen on September 26th, 2011

If you’re looking for a vintage looking wedding dress with a twist here’s a label you should check out.

Minna is the brainchild of Finnish designer Minna Hepburn who specialises in creating beautiful vintage inspired clothes – and now wedding dresses for brides looking for eco luxury. Each piece is hand embellished and made from sustainable, organic, recycled and locally produced textiles. Her label has in a short time re-defined what ethical fashion should be.


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Brides, get the eco-friendly menu of your dreams at 48 hours notice! Well nearly…

By Elisabeth Edvardsen on July 29th, 2011

Whether your long planned caterer has just pulled out from your wedding, or you happen to meet your future husband tonight and want to marry him on Monday, we’ve heard that you can now get the wedding menu of your dreams at just 48 hours notice. Sounds too good to be true..?

According to eco-friendly caterers Eden, they are ready to roll at just two days notice if required. But if you plan a bit ahead you can have mouth-watering options for your wedding menu that won’t break the bank.

The green caterer can offer the modern and environmentally minded bride a sparkling reception from only £11 per head, delightful afternoon tea from £20 or cold or hot food for a little bit more.

And if you’re getting married in 2012 you can take advantage of Eden’s new sweet addition: mini jars of homemade honey! Wouldn’t that make a great wedding favour?!

And all meat and fish (apart from the tune) are sourced in the UK, brining you the freshest of British produce, so what’s not to love.

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Be an eco bride with Sanyukta Shrestha

By Elisabeth Edvardsen on May 24th, 2011

We stopped by the White Gallery International Bridal Design Fair this weekend and came across Sanyukta Shrestha, whose bridal creations, from her innovative bridal gowns to bridal millinery and accessories are embedded with her vision of ‘love green – believe in ethics’ ethos.

As one of the new talents showcased at the fair, Sanyukta’s original vintage-inspired bridal gowns and hats, radiate true romance that embrace the best from the 1920’s to the 1970’s.

Each style is made following ecologically green guidelines, with fabrics from ethical and fair-trade certified manufacturers. The making of each piece is made using innovative sustainable fabrics, such as organic silk, 100% bamboo, soya, 100% organic and fair-traded cotton and even banana!

Sanyukta Shrestha Cuckoo

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Be an eco bride with Oxfam Unwrapped’s online wedding shop

By Elisabeth Edvardsen on March 2nd, 2011

Great news for brides who want to look good and do good: charity Oxfam has launched its first online wedding shop.

In just a few clicks, the new Oxfam Unwrapped range of wedding lists and favours will ensure you can add a personal AND ethical touch to your big day. Simply set up a personalised Oxfam Unwrapped wedding list online, add a photo and a message to your wedding guests and choose which gifts you’d like to receive, then sit back and wait to receive cards to send out with the invitations. There is even a nifty email widget if you want to go paperless! Gifts range from bags of seed and donating a goat to helping communities get safe water supplies.

Brides-to-be will also be able to get their hands on unique pieces, from unworn designer dresses donated by bridal shops to second-hand and vintage dresses. An ethical 100% silver jewellery line has been added for the occasion, including bracelets, necklaces and earrings, so finding a thoughtful present for your lovely bridesmaids is easy.

Rick Lay, Oxfam Unwrapped Manager said: “The Oxfam Unwrapped wedding list makes it so easy to add something different to the big day and it can be chosen in addition to a traditional store list. A couple of goats, health check-ups and classroom kits are guaranteed to get people smiling both at the wedding and in the communities where these gifts will be used. Maybe even William and Kate will have a look at the endless possibilities on offer on the new shop page and start a personalised Oxfam Unwrapped list”.

Oxfam Unwrapped wedding lists were first launched in 2007 and have raised almost £1 million since. The new shop on the Oxfam website will include details of the eleven Oxfam shops with bridal departments, all of which offer a wide selection of new and nearly new designer dresses, specialist advice and fittings.

Visit the new Oxfam wedding shop at

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Bridalwave Loves: Prophetik eco wedding dress for autumn brides

By Elisabeth Edvardsen on February 23rd, 2011

If you’re planning on a green wedding this autumn but haven’t found the ultimate wedding dress yet, perhaps you should cast your eyes on US eco fashion label Prophetik. The brand has been worn on the red carpet by Livia Giuggioli, owner of Eco – an ecological destination store – and wife of Oscar nominee Colin Firth, who wore one of their designs to the Golden Globe Awards earlier this winter.

Prophetik is the creation of Tennessee resident Jeff Garner, and holds an aura of nostalgia to bygone days. Its design principles and philosophies are unpretentious and it uses plant and earth based dyes for all if its colours.

While the AW11 collection, recently showcased at the London Fashion Week, was inspired by Louis XV’s French grandeur, it was the stunning white dress that stood out. The grand finale of the show, the dress – which would look amazing on any eco winter bride – is made with “peace” silk (this means that the silk has been produced without the death of any silk worms), sprinkled with ostrich feathers to make it stand out from the crowd.

Now, seeing as it’s hot off the catwalk we have no idea of what it would retail for yet. We will be sure to let you know as soon as we find out!

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How to help charity and the environment on your wedding day

By Andrea Petrou on February 4th, 2010


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.

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Cred Jewellery launches ethical engagement rings

By Andrea Petrou on October 22nd, 2009

Cred ring.jpgIf you’re a green goddess whose boyfriend has proposed without a ring, then you’ll love these engagement rings by Cred Jewellery.

The jeweller has designed a range of eco friendly engagement rings, which are certified as socially and environmentally responsible.

All the engagement rings in the range are made of platinum and 18ct fair trade gold sourced by Oro Verde, a supplier of ethically sourced precious metals. CRED also says its gold is produced without mercury or cyanide and their precious stones are traceable from mine to retail.

We’ve had a look at some of their rings, and they are ethically gorgeous, especially the 18ct white gold Princess ring (pictured).

The range doesn’t come cheap with prices starting at £1,010, but at least you can tell your other half its for the good of the environment.

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Gallery: Ethical wedding dresses

By Andrea Petrou on October 12th, 2009

Last week we gave you a list of companies who made eco friendly frocks for environmentally conscious brides.

And this week we thought we’d give you a gallery of some of the beautiful dresses these designers make.

However we also recommend you also contact these companies if you want something that little bit special as many will work with you to either recycle an old wedding dress or to create something you have in mind.

If you’re looking for ethical jewellery for your bridesmaids or yourself then also check out our gallery over at ShinyStyle for some ideas.

Click on the picture to begin the gallery

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Ethical wedding dress shop guide.

By Andrea Petrou on October 9th, 2009

happy_bride.jpgWe’re no strangers to green and ethical weddings here at Bridalwave and we’ve bought you a range of different eco friendly ideas for your big day. However, we haven’t yet mentioned the most important topic of all and that’s ethical wedding dresses.

We’ve therefore had a scout around and found a really good guide from the Natural Store who has put together a guide of a range of stores that supply eco friendly and green wedding dresses.

Look out for a gallery of some of these frocks very soon.

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).

Gaia House – based in southern England – designs unique and ethical bridal wear and occasion wear created from eco fabrics, for the bride with a conscience. They offer Ready-To-Wear or Bespoke Couture Wedding Dresses. The bespoke couture service includes a Design Consultation which ensures that the fabric, cut and colouring are absolutely right for you. Your gown is cut from fabric which is uniquely constructed, ensuring not only the style but also the cloth from which it is created is exclusively yours.

Conscious Elegance -based in northern England – feels that you needn’t compromise your values to look stunning. With a Conscious Elegance gown, you may let all of nature rejoice with you on your special day. They individually create their original wedding dress and bridesmaid/occasion gown patterns from eco-friendly fabrics to your own measurements. Swatch packets of current fabrics available. Coming soon: personal fitting service at your door to ensure a perfect fit of size and style.

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Green Bride Guide gives eco conscious brides a list of green suppliers

By Andrea Petrou on October 7th, 2009

green-bride-guide2.jpgWith many of us becoming eco conscious, traditionally white weddings are taking on a proverbial green hue asvsome brides opt for energy efficient and recycling aspects to their big day.

However, it’s often hard to find suppliers who cater for these demands. Until now that is.
The Green Bride Guide, launching this month, is claimed to be the “yellow pages” for all things green and bridal.

It will provide thousands of products and services from restaurants that serve local, organic food to limo companies using hybrid vehicles.

Suppliers are also vetted by the site before they can advertise their services online, each receiving a “leaf” rating, which shows how green they are on a scale of one to five, as well as user reviews.

The site also has little tools, which are a big help for eco conscious brides, including a carbon footprint calculator, wedding cost calculator and a list of services, which provide second hand information and advice on where you can drop off any spare wedding food for a good cause.

What more could we green brides want?

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Keep your wedding memories growing

By Andrea Petrou on September 2nd, 2009

Philipa Cradock.JPGIf you want something a little bit different to give your guests at the end of your wedding day, or perhaps want a keepsake of your own, then you’ll love this new idea from Philippa Craddock.

The new company claims to be the only one in the UK to offer high-end indoor and outdoor plants, beautifully packaged and delivered to your wedding venue. After the day is over the plants can be taken away by guests or by the bride and groom and planted in their garden’s as a reminder of the day.

A representative for the company told us: “We have recently completed a wedding design where we used miniature rose bushes and potted herbs throughout the arrangements. The roses and herbs will be replanted to create a special herb and rose garden in the bride and groom’s garden.”

And those that want to add an ethical twist to their day without going too far, will love the fact that the company uses 100% recyclable packaging. It also donates 2.5% of its profits the Growaforest charity, which plants native trees in the UK to help reverse the damage done by CO2 emissions.

Prices range from £35 to £75.

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Go green, ask for eco gifts on your wedding day

By Andrea Petrou on August 28th, 2009

Recycled oven panBrides who want to be eco friendly on their wedding day will love this new wedding list service from Biome Lifestyle.

The online store offers a range of ethical homeware and gifts including recycled iron frying pans and glasses made from, well recycled glass.

There is also a range of washing baskets made from Seagrass.

The company has also compiled a list of eco tips to ensure you can be as ethical as possible on, and in the lead up to your big day.

These include sending out your invites on recycled card or seed paper or even sending them via email and selecting flowers that are locally sourced and in season.

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Wedding fayre for brides that want to say “I do” the green way

By Andrea Petrou on August 24th, 2009

Green fayreIf you want to be a green goddess on your wedding day (and no we’re talking face painted like the wicked witch) then this fayre may just be the ethic key.

The Great Big Green Wedding Fayre is said to be the first of its kind in the North West. Taking place in Liverpool on the 5 and 6 September this fayre will feature a catwalk show by Oxfam.

It will also be packed with green and ethical wedding suppliers such as Little Cake Heaven, which claims to offer cupcakes made from free range eggs, Fairtrade chocolate, cocoa and coffee. It also only uses only recyclable packaging and locally sourced ingredients.

Glamour Junkie, a company that makes handmade wraps, shrugs and hair accessories, made from felting, fusing ultralight silk with merino wool and other natural fibers, will also be showing off its stuff at the show.

And it doesn’t end there. Brides, and their grooms (if you can drag them along) can also sign up to be Great Green VIP Brides & Grooms. For £6 each you will be given a goody bag plus be put into a prize draw to win a day at the UK’s First Eco-Spa or some beauty hampers from LoveLula and Green Rooms.

VIP brides can also sample beauty therapies, enjoy taster foods and drinks for their wedding, listen to musicians and have the opportunity to sit in a dining room fully dressed for a vintage wedding where you and your guests will be seated for complimentary tea and cake. Well that’s made up our minds, we’re signing up now.

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