Shocking Truth about Wedding Dresses
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and more couples are considering the impact their
wedding is having on the environment and are making
decisions driven by their wedding's carbon footprint.
This can involve making sure that flowers are in-season
so they can be locally sourced, being eco-friendly in
their choice of transportation, having ceremony and
reception at the same venue to eliminate travel between
two sites, and even specifying soy ink and recycled
paper for paper products such as invitations, place
cards, and menus.
But the truth is, the single largest contributor to the
huge carbon footprint that the average wedding in
most frequently the wedding dress. Even if you order
your dress from a bridal boutique, odds are that the
dress is produced on the other side of the globe and
then shipped here. The environmental impact, not just of
the travel, but also of the production of the fabric, is
So how do you have a unique dress, the dress of your
dreams, while still taking a responsible approach to the
impact your wedding has on the planet?
One word - Upcycle.
A pre-loved wedding
dress can be purchased, passed down in the family, or
made using fabric and trimmings from previously worn
A seventies or eighties gown with big puffy sleeves
and frills (think Princess Diana) can, through
skillful alteration, become the sleek modern gown of
The trick is to see the potential, look closely at the
fabric, and find a seamstress who can work with the
Or, as everything vintage is new again at weddings, a
small amount of alteration so that it fits you
perfectly, can deliver a very authentic vintage look.
: Upcycling is very kind to the wedding budget