For the bride, one of the most important wedding choices will be her wedding dress. No matter what your budget, the wedding gown industry is offering more and more conscientious fashion options.
The easiest an most eco-friendly choice is to re-use a gown already worn. Buying vintage, renting, or wearing your mother's dress is a great way to be environmentally friendly and can be cost conscious, too. Purchase a once-worn or sample gown from Brides Against Breast Cancer which donates the proceeds to help women with breast cancer.
Other online options of once worn bridal gowns include: Ebay, and The Dress Market.
Encore Bridal sells preowned couture wedding dresses and bridal accessories. "Re-using" wedding gowns reduces environmental waste. Also,
Encore Bridal is commited to using green business practices (ex. use of
recycled paper for stationary, use of recycled and biodegradable shipping
products, fuel efficient transportation)
If having a new dress is important to you, consider earth friendly fabrics such as hemp, organic cotton, linen, tencel and silk Check out the options for wedding gowns in natural and eco friendly fabrics at: Organic Weddings, (swatch requests are available), Conscious Clothing. and Threadhead Creations. For a casual wedding, check out Rawganique.
When the big day is over consider donating your wedding dress to a charitable organization-the ultimate in recycling. Brides Against Breast Cancer sells once-worn gowns and uses the proceeds to grant wishes to breast cancer patients nationwide. The I Do Foundation will donate 20% of the proceeds from the sale of your dress to the charity of your choice, and use the remaining funds to support the I Do Foundation's ongoing work to encourage charitable giving at weddings. In addition, you receive a tax write-off from the I Do Foundation for the full value of the dress. Ask your bridesmaids to give their gowns to the Glass Slipper Project , a program that distributes formal dresses to high-school students unable to afford prom attire.
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For the Groom
Complete line of traditional tuxedos and accessories including jackets, trousers, shirts, vests, cummerbunds, ties, and patent leather shoes, from top names like Perry Ellis and Lord West.