How to Dress as a Sustainable Bride

A bride wearing a lace wedding dress and a wide-brimmed hat.

Living sustainably has never been more top of mind than it is today. We are all doing what we can to help the planet. So, how does that relate to wedding planning? Well, there are a host of ways you can be more sustainable in the way you get ready to walk down the aisle. One of those ways is to shop more sustainably as you’re looking for ways to dress and accessorize both on your wedding day and for the festivities leading up to it. If this is something you’re interested in doing, we have a full guide on dressing to match your sustainable mindset!

Shop with Sustainable Bridal Dress Designers

There are many bridal dress designers out there these days that are concerned with sustainability. If you’re looking to stay as eco-friendly as possible, it makes sense to align yourself with designers who have this priority in mind. Modern designers like Lost in Paris, Wear Your Love, and Grace Loves Lace all support the cause of being sustainable. When you shop with them and many other eco-friendly dress designers, the best part is that you don’t need to sacrifice style for sustainability. You can go green and love your dress all at the same time, still browse a wealth of options, and feel good about your choice. It’s the best of both worlds!

Wear a Preloved Dress

A bride wearing a lace wedding dress with bell sleeves.

Probably the best thing you can do for the planet is to wear a dress that’s already been worn to avoid buying something brand new. So many wedding dresses have only been worn for a few hours and then they end up sitting in closets for the rest of time. That’s why there’s been such a spike in the resale market for bridal dresses, combined with the fact that doing so can help the planet and help you save some money. Another win-win-win, right? Seek out a wedding dress resale store in your area or a platform online—there are so many around these days! Even if you’re not fully committed to buying something preworn, it’s worth looking to see if anything catches your eye.

Get Thrifty for Other Festivities

A bride wearing a shift wedding dress and walking in the grass with a groom in a tan suit.

Another way to be sustainable as you dress for your wedding festivities is to continue to be thrifty for all of these occasions. From your wedding shower to your bachelorette party to your rehearsal dinner, if you’re like most brides, you’ll be looking for a host of new outfits. There’s nothing wrong with that, but support the health of the planet by looking around to see what you can buy that’s not brand new. Sources like Etsy for vintage apparel, Poshmark, or Mercari are all amazing places to look for something that is still a new-to-you outfit. Of course, also consider visiting your local thrift shops to support your community while being more eco-friendly.

Rewear Accessories

A bride wearing an off-the-shoulder wedding dress and holding a large bouquet.

Since you’ll have so many wedding events to dress for, consider rewearing some of your accessories to cut down on the need to buy so many new items. This goes for things like shoes, bags, hair accessories, and jewelry. This is another chance to be sustainable, and if you can borrow items from friends and family, it’s another way to be more eco-friendly while saving money.

Avoid Fast Fashion

Fast fashion is all around us, and these mass-produced pieces are usually not made in a sustainable way. Avoid shopping on sites or at stores like Shein, H&M, boohoo, Forever 21, and Primark. Do research to learn which brands are making strides in sustainability before you shop. For instance, Reformation is committed to being sustainable, making them a more sound option when it comes to buying something new.

Thinking through all your options when it comes to dressing for your big day and really doing the research on where you shop can help you do a lot of good for the planet.

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