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.

Fleur de Sel caramel, rich and creamy with a sophisticated salty tang makes a great wedding favor. When it is packaged in eco-friendly unbleached paper bags and tied with ribbon it is a perfect green gift for your guests.

The caramel is handmade, soft and chewy and looks irresistible. There are three in each package, individually wrapped in natural unbleached parchment paper. The vanilla and salt used is already organic, but 100% organic ingredients can be used on request, though it costs more. And while we’re on cost, just check the shipping fee before ordering, as it will add quite considerably to the total.

The caramels themselves cost $225 (plus shipping $75) for 100 bags with three caramels in each from The Caramel Jar on Etsy.

White weddings can be green and your wedding dress doesn’t have to be a once-worn extravagance, destined to hang in the back of the closet hopefully, just in case your daughter might want to wear it one day!

The greenest path to a white wedding is to choose a pre-owned wedding dress. This could be a once-worn dress, a vintage dress, or even the one your mother has saved for you all these years!

Blue Sky Bridal has racks of wedding dresses to choose from and you can visit by appointment to select the one for you. After your wedding day you could choose to send your dress back to them to delight another bride another day. They accept wedding dresses that are less than 4 years old on consignment and also have vintage dresses and new dresses to choose from.


If you’ve been planning a Green Wedding for any length of time, you’ve probably run across Danny Seo. He is full of eco-friendly good ideas and crafty wonderfulness. I am doing some spring cleaning and I happen to have 3 of his books that need to go to a good home! One copy of Simply Green Parties: Simple and resourceful ideas for throwing the perfect celebration, event, or get-together
and two copies of Simply Green Giving: Create Beautiful and Organic Wrappings, Tags, and Gifts from Everyday Materials (These are proof copies…so they are softcover rather than hardcover if you bought it in the store).
Guaranteed to give you plenty of Green Wedding ideas!!

To enter the contest, leave a comment on this blog post or become a fan on the Great Green Wedding Facebook page …or do both and get an extra entry for a total of three entries! Winner will be chosen by random number generator. USA only.

Contest ended May 15, 2009 8:00pm EST – Congrats to the winners:

Emily from Arkansas
Jackie from Washington
Patricia from Minnesota

Jewelry for your wedding day is very special. This is a simple and elegant piece perfect for showing off your beautiful bridal glow. All of the jewelry on the Taraluna site is fair trade.
$42.00 at Taraluna

recycled jewellry

New Zealand artist, Ashley Hilton, taught himself how to melt down and fabricate metal himself in order to manufacture his work in a way that is non destructive and sustainable. His work features many organic designs and is simple and elegant.
Details at Ashley Hilton

You’ll need coffee to go with the delicious cake you’ve picked out….Serve your guests an environmentally sound cup of organic coffee after the main course. Check out Rogers Gourmet Coffee & Tea Company. They have a wide variety of blends from all over the world, some as close as Central America. All of their products are grown organically and adhere to fair trade practices. I like Arthur’s Blend, which is a full-flavored blend of African, South American, and Central American beans. You can purchase a 2-pound bag for $16.99.
(That’s cheaper than starbucks and you’ll have left overs!)

It’s hard to believe it, but you’re looking at a windshield. It’s just amazing that something so beautiful could come from someone’s discarded trash…

The stylish design will look great as a base for small centerpieces at your reception, or even as a candy or condiment dish on a buffet table. When the wedding is over, pack them up and use them as trendy drinking glasses in your home. What a great way to get extra use out of that old car!
$22.00 for a set of 2 at Uncommon Goods

These come in many colors and several sizes and loads of accessories!  It is not really a vase and not really a box.  But they’re 100% recyclable so they are a perfect green option for your centerpieces or favors. Check out the photogallery of creative ideas on the blumebox website.bloombox

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