Eco-Friendly Wedding Series No. 5: Eco Wedding Dresses

| 7/20/2010 4:19:09 PM

So far in this eco-friendly wedding series, we’ve discussed how to make your choices regarding ringspapertransportation and venues greener. While each of these topics is important in the quest for a sustainable wedding, we have yet to touch on the Mecca of many brides’ wedding happiness. No, it isn’t their rings, though those do play an important role. It definitely isn’t the invitations, the transportation or the venue. From day one of planning, perhaps from day one of grade school, a bride will often dream about her perfect wedding dress.

Grooms may scratch their heads and wonder why a simple piece of clothing can become the focus of so much energy. As their soon-to-be brides scan wedding magazines day after day, earmarking pages and making notes, grooms will often sit on the sidelines and question the sanity of their chosen ones. Of course, all of that confusion flies out the window on the wedding day. As a bride takes her first steps down the aisle and her groom’s eyes get misty, all question of the importance of a perfect dress is abandoned.

Every bride wants to be beautiful on her wedding day. Fortunately, every bride has the ability to take her groom’s breath away simply by showing up.

Fancy wedding dressMy husband was insistent upon the secrecy of the dress before we got married. I would have been happy to take him dress shopping with me, and if he had wanted to see me in my dress before I walked down the aisle, I would’ve welcomed the company.

After my one and only day of dress shopping, I brought home pictures and showed him one of me in a beautiful dress that I didn’t buy. The dress that I did pick was identical with one small alteration. I did this for a few reasons: First, I wanted to see his reaction. If he gagged when he saw the dress, I would have had plenty of time to make a different decision. Second, surprises make me nervous, and I generally try to sabotage them in any way possible. Third, I suspected that even if my fiancé saw a picture of me in the dress that I chose, he wouldn’t recognize it on our wedding day.

In regards to that last reason, I was absolutely right. He saw the picture of the dress, told me I should have gotten that one instead, and then had no idea that I was wearing practically the same dress when we got married.

Lori Del Genis
5/25/2011 2:28:15 PM

So glad to find this article! We're one of the companies listed in the Natural Wedding Company referenced above. Creating eco-friendly wedding dresses is what we DO. We've been designing them for our clients since 2006 and use exclusively hemp, silk, organic cotton and reclaimed materials. We even use organic cotton thread! All of our dresses are made in the USA for a fair wage and a fair price. We create our gowns individually to each client's measurements; no worrying if it will fit! The website is . We would love to hear from you! Be well, Lori

7/25/2010 7:07:16 PM

It's nice to see Mother tackling this subject... weddings have become such a ridiculous spectacle... I have been a minister for 20 years... I got the license just to able to marry friends, usually in unusual places- my friends are all rafters, cavers, backpackers, or climbers. I have done ceremonies in the middle of a 3 week river trip through the Grand Canyon, hanging from ropes on a rock face or in the middle of a cave, and in the middle of an incredibly beautiful stream in the mountains... and thankfully not once did a bride elect to wear one of those god-awful white monstrosities that have become the norm... a white silk A-line dress from the thrift was the closest any of them came (and it was stunning in a mountain meadow). These brides all shown and glowed with a special beauty because they were surrounded by places and people they loved... not by something that looked like a Cristo installation. They all believe their weddings were incredibly special to them for not adhering to a tradition of wretched excess, expense, and stress... they were comfortable, relaxed, and beautiful.

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