Eco-friendly wedding dresses for the green bride

A wedding at one with nature

You’ve made sure that the food at the reception is locally raised and you chose in-season flowers in your bouquet; you’re even carbon-offsetting your honeymoon.

You’ve made every effort to be eco-conscious, but what about your dress?

Once-worn wedding dresses are an increasingly popular approach to having an eco-friendly wedding. But if you’d like to have a dress that is yours and only yours, there are a few steps you can take to ensure that it was produced in a natural, chemical-free and ethically sewn way.

Seeking out sustainable fabrics, such as organic cotton, hemp, or peace silk, is one way to ensure that your wedding dress leaves a minimal carbon footprint. The National Association of Sustainable Designers is a collective of fashion designers that specializes in sourcing and working with these kinds of materials both for custom-made wedding dresses and pret-a-porter gowns.

Natural Bridals
Natural Bridals: Charlotte - Floral Jacquard Halter gown with full gathered skirt made of silk and hemp.

Atlanta-based company Natural Bridals creates one-of-a-kind wedding dresses from sustainable fabrics, and designer Morgan Boszilkov strives to use green and socially responsible business principles. In addition, 5% of the company’s profits are donated to environmental causes.

Dress and accessories by Annatarian
Dress and accessories by Annatarian

L.A.-based designer Anna Mkhitarian started her label, Annatarian, to show that “beauty does not need to be sacrificed in order to create art and fashion that supports our people and our planet.” She uses vintage and organic fabrics and works with the principles of “Eco-Effective” design, which is based on “giving back to the environment, making a positive impact and designing in a way where there is no waste.”

Callie (left) and Emily (right) by Threadhead Creations
Callie (left) and Emily (right) by Threadhead Creations

Rai-Lynne Broach has used sustainable natural fiber fabrics to produce handcrafted wedding dresses for more than 10 years at her label, Threadhead Creations.

Grace: Pleated wedding gown made of organic cotton jersey with floral embroidery, a center inset of cascading hemp silk pleats, a hemp-silk rose detail at the waistline and a chapel-length train. By M.L. Marsh for Poetic Justice
Grace: Pleated wedding gown made of organic cotton jersey with floral embroidery, a center inset of cascading hemp silk pleats, a hemp-silk rose detail at the waistline and a chapel-length train. By M.L. Marsh for Poetic Justice

M.L. Marsh is based in North Carolina and all of her gowns are ‘fairsewn’, ensuring that they are created under ethical conditions. They work with brides to create their ideal gowns, not only using sustainable fabrics, but also reusing vintage fabrics in contemporary designs.

Nicole Lenzen Bridal Collection
Nicole Lenzen Bridal Collection

Nicole Lenzen, also known as ‘the lady in green‘, creates custom bridal and evening wear in NYC for those who value sustainable materials and chic designs.

Etsy is also an excellent place to find eco-conscious wedding dresses and accessories. Just search for ‘green wedding dress’ or ‘eco-friendly’, and you’ll find loads of options from shops like Econica, Isadora Clothing, and lovejune.

And of course, read up on blogs and magazines that specialize in ‘green’ weddings and eco-friendly fashion.  Here are a few we like:

Eco-Beautiful Weddings

Ecowedding.org

Green Bride Guide

Ecouterre

Green Grechen