Brides and grooms can get caught up in the glitz and glamour of a wedding and forget the real meaning of a wedding. Many items and materials for the big day will likely end up being used for the one time – leaving you with a bigger dent in your wallet and the environment with one extra thing to consumer later. With all the environmentally conscious businesses spawning throughout the country, couples have green and sustainable alternatives.
The first place to start when looking for ‘green’ wedding items? The dress of course!
There are quite a few sustainable wedding designers out there for brides to turn to. One example – Celia Grace a fair trade and eco-friendly wedding dress designer. According to Celia “While most wedding dresses are made from highly polluting petroleum based polyester, Celia Grace:
- uses natural silk woven on a no-electricity loom
- minimizes use of chemicals by coloring fabric with safe, non-toxic dyes when needed
- uses very little water and energy in silk making and coloring
- uses silk local to where dresses are produced to minimize shipping
Additionally, Celia Grace dresses are fair trade. Almost half the world’s population lives on less than $2.50 per day and poverty kills hundreds of children every hour. Fair Trade is a global movement to end poverty by giving you the ability to vote with your dollars for the kind of world you want–one where people are paid a living wage, work in safe and fair conditions, and can break the cycle of poverty. Celia Grace is proud to be a member of the Fair Trade Federation.
Other alternatives for couples seeking sustainable items for the big day are utensils and decorations. Couples can turn to eco-friendly silverware, dishes and napkins, in addition to sustainable natural decor.
Companies like The WEBstaurant Store provide endless options to choose from to make your wedding day have the class you are seeking but still be a friend to the world. You could even make a project with these DIY table numbers using old wood and burlap sacks!
Or snazz up your wedding with these green table decorations.
Whatever your style, green options and alternatives are available to make your day perfect!