It’s no secret that weddings can cost the earth, and when the budget’s tight (or non-existent) it doesn’t mean to say the dress has to look budget. If you have your heart set on a vintage style wedding, and want your dress to be unique and have some history about it – it can pay-off to look outside of the more standard bridal choices. Consider going for something previously worn – just the once, or something new recreated in a vintage style, to create that unique look you’re looking for. Here’s some vintage style gems we have stumbled across that won’t blow the budget…
The Ethical Wedding
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).
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!
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.
If 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.
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