Wedding bells are in the air and plans are in progress to make some name changes.
Despite the fact that weddings are typically big events, you can absolutely still adhere to being eco-conscious, from your dress to your gifts.
There are plenty of resources for you, from author/designer/former Martha Stewart employee Emily Anderson’s eco-chic weddings to Eco-Wedding (a complete bridal resource). Lots more out there, but I liked these two a lot.
There are also many designers who are more than willing to custom-design a stunning bridal gown or bridesmaid’s dress for your big day so that you’re not only the belle of the ball but can spin yarns about how you stayed true to your beliefs. Green isn’t just a trend in your life, it is your life.
Designing, sewing, embroidering and beading international styles and vintage clothes, Harper Della-Piana hails from a career in New York making costumes and clothes for major motion pictures, television, Broadway and a celebrity clientele. Her Boston-area business combines retro details with modern lines, ethnic elements with western styles, and think-out-of-the-box innovations in hemp, peace silk and other sustainable fibers.
Vermont’s Tara Lynn has been dreaming and designing hemp wedding gowns since 1999. Tara Lynn’s gowns are made of 100% hemp, hemp/cotton and hemp/silk blends that look and feel luxurious. Not to mention all the fabulous embroidery.
You want couture but you want it eco-friendly? Check out Holly Stalder. Salvaging decadent fabrics, faded velvet ribbons and Edwardian lace, the Portland, Oregon designer creates one-of-a-kind and limited run bridal dresses, and accessories.
You might want to check out her current collection, as well.
I say smokin’.
The former Project Runway beauty has moved beyond the show and truly into her own as a versatile and coveted designer.
Though she doesn’t advertise it past an inner circle (sorry, Alison), she’s also a green wedding gown designer that many women (including her sister’s bridesmaids) have called on for their big day.
Working with an array of textiles, most of her dresses are made from organic cottons, silk and rayon with organic materials utilized when possible. Shop her collection while you’re at it.
Editor’s note: It’s Eco Wedding Week here at EcoSalon. Look for green wedding tips, product reviews and stories throughout our sections all week long.