June 2011

If a white silk wedding dress is your dream, you can make it come true without troubling your eco-friendly conscience. Andie McGuire makes simple and elegant wedding dresses from wild silk, silk from cocoons gathered from the wild after the moth has emerged which is completely natural and cruelty free. She also uses hemp tencel or raw silk if you prefer.

This Iris Silk Charmeuse design has a smple and elegant line, with boning in the bodice for a perfect fit. It even has hidden pockets to keep that lace handkerchief or lucky charm safe at your side. Fully lined with organic cotton the dress is very comfortable to wear. All Andie’s wedding dresses are custom made for you to your measurements, so you need to allow 2 to 3 months for them to be completed and delivered.

It’s very affordable for a custom made silk wedding dress too, at $575 from Andie McGuire on Etsy.

Fun, funky and eco-friendly, these fabulous decorated matchboxes make great containers for candy wedding favors. They are hand-crafted and adorned with colorful flower decorations which would look great in any wedding color scheme, as featured in Brides Magazine.

Fill them with candy, sugared almonds, eco-friendly confetti or even flower seeds for all your guests to take home with them.

Ivy Lane Designs use recycled materials to create a range of fun goodies. These matchboxes cost $50 for 20 from Ivy Lane Designs on Etsy.

These earrings designed by Green Diva, who uses only Fair trade and ethical materials to craft her jewelry, making sure there is no ugly history to these attractive earrings. These pearl droplet earrings with recycled sterling silver beads make a wonderfully simple adornment for your wedding day.

The pearls are Fair trade, untreated, cultured freshwater pearls form sustainable and traceable sources and the silver is recycled. There is a matching pendant to go with the set or you can design you own via the green diva website. Very affordable and handmade, they really don’t cost the earth!

These Juniper earrings cost $35 from Green Diva Jewelry.

We know that hot-house flowers aren’t at all eco-friendly, so what can the eco-conscious bride carry at her wedding? These unusual and cleverly crafted bouquets are made using live succulent flowers. Not only do they look pretty, but they will survive your wedding day and can be planted in your garden or even in pots, as a long-lasting reminder of your special day.

The bouquets also contain birch wood roses, velvety mullein, dried yucca flowers and pom flowers. There are matching corsages and boutonnieres to go with the bridal bouquet which are also unusual and pretty.

Bouquet costs $100 from Bizzy Betty on Etsy and Boutonnieres cost $15 each.

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