The curious thing about weddings is that they can be done in a number of different ways, and yet the end result (two people opting to spend their lives together) is the same. You could have a lavish ceremony with no expense spared, or you could take the afternoon off work and go to the local registry office. There's no right or wrong way to do it. If your tastes lean towards the lavish, but your ethics make you live your life in as environmentally friendly a way as possible, you might be exploring the concept of sustainable fashion when it comes to your wedding dress. Is it possible to have the lavish wedding dress of your dreams with a minimal environmental impact?
Preloved for a New Love
If you think about it, there's something rather joyful about brides who sell their wedding dresses once they've used it. They want to partially recoup their investment, but they have also figured that once they've worn the dress, they have no further need for it because their union will (hopefully) be forever! Their spouse is the only reminder of their wedding day they need. Purchasing a used wedding dress is an ethically sound, environmentally friendly option as the materials and labour have already been utilised, meaning that no further natural resources will be required for the creation of a new garment. And yet, unless you happen to find your exact size, some minor alterations might be required.
Keeping with the used dress theme, perhaps ask family and friends if they've kept their wedding dress, and, if so, maybe they'd permit you to wear it on your big day? This is an inexpensive option, and while it might lack the sentimentality of your mother or grandmother specifically keeping their wedding dress to pass onto you, the dress still has meaning for the family member or friend who wore it.
Old Becomes New
If your plans for your big day include a wedding dress made especially for you, then it's still possible to find such a dress that is eco-friendly and made using sustainable methods. Find a supplier that offers couture wedding dresses using deadstock fabric. This is essentially a dress made from existing materials that might not have even been fabricated for a wedding dress. It involves the wedding dress boutique supplying designs that have been made from existing disassembled garments. It sounds like the end result will be a patchwork dress, but this isn't the case at all. If you didn't already know that the gown was made from specifically-sourced deadstock fabrics, you wouldn't be able to tell by looking at it.
Sustainable wedding fashion maybe requires more planning than just buying an off-the-rack gown, but it's going to be worth the effort!