Have you recently just got engaged? Well, congratulations! The fun (and sometimes stressful) time to search for the right venue, dress, caterer, band, and everything has just begun. There are a lot to think about when it comes to your wedding day, including the sustainability and eco-friendliness. But why don’t you start with the dress, which is one of the major highlights of your big day?
1. Sanyukta Shrestha
Sustainability meets elegance and luxury. That’s the summary of this high-end designer. Sanyukta has won both national and international awards for her refined sustainable bridal collections. She’s a pioneer in terms of raising awareness of sustainability and eco-consciousness in the bridal fashion industry. Pretty cool, huh?
All dresses use organic, fair-trade fabrics and they’re all handmade. Her achievements and works are so noteworthy and admirable that you can find one of her masterpieces in The Fashion Museum in Bath, England.
2. Leanne Marshall
Wedding dresses that are timeless, flowing, feminine, and uniquely ethereal. That’s the trademark design of Leanne Marshall. If you’ve ever heard of her name, you’ve probably seen her on Project Runway Season 5. There are publications and shows that have featured her collections such as Martha Stewart Weddings, The New York Times, and National Geographic.
Leanne doesn’t want her dresses to overshadow the bride’s beauty and personality. And she believes that you don’t need to compromise style and design for sustainability. She applies eco-conscious cutting and fabric dyeing techniques. Her collections are handmade and uses upcycled wedding gown materials. So if you’re a blushing bride kind of woman who cares about the environment, this might be your favorite designer.
3. Pure Magnolia
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Are laces, beads, tulle, and white dress too boring for your taste? Good news, Pure Magnolia is a brand that defies those usual, mainstream bridal customs. Imagine a wedding dress with European laces, colorful patterns, Indian silks, vintage, organic cottons, and recycled fabrics. That’s what this brand is going to do to your future dress.
The dresses are not ready-to-wear, so you won’t have a hard time choosing the one that fits you like a glove. Pure Magnolia will measure your body and comply to your style, for their strength is variety. They’ll prioritize your vision and realize it with tailor-made, eco-friendly dress. What’s more amazing about this brand is that they can work on your dress remotely!
4. Trash Couture
Trash Couture was established by designer Ann Wiberg in 2002. And as you can see form the brand’s name, this brand emphasizes on repurposing and sustainability. They make dresses with antique laces, silk, beads, embroideries, and fabrics, giving them all a fresh, new, fabulous life.
Moreover, they hand-sew their entire collection in the brand’s own atelier. Therefore, they minimize materials waste and excess production. With this, it also feels that your wedding gowns will be a lot more individual and in a way personal.
As for the style, Trash Couture tends to be baroque meets rock and roll. If you want your wedding to be one of a kind and you want to express your rebel, unique side to your big day, you know where to go.
5. Deborah Lindquist
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This designer is also known as Green Queen because she’s one of the most famous and respected eco-friendly designers in LA. Her clients are Hollywood’s A-listers such as Jessica Alba, Sharon Stone, and Rihanna. Elle, InStyle, and Rock n Roll Bride magazines have also featured her work.
Her wedding dresses are made with vintage, upcycled, organic, or sustainable fabrics. As for the embellishments, Deborah uses semi-precious stones, crystals, and vintage jewels. She doesn’t make bridal collection only, all her range is eco-friendly.
Deborah also donates a part of the business profits to environmentally conscious and health organizations. No wonder she got the title Green Queen because she’s so passionate and devoted to the environment while being able to create amazing pieces.
This Finnish, London-based brand doesn’t care about trends and focuses more on individuality. They want each dress to have the uniqueness and the personality of its bride. So with Minna, you really don’t have to stress out about excessively high price tag and you will always find your dream dress.
But I haven’t mentioned the good part. This brand uses eco-friendly silk and lace as well as organic and recycled textiles. They apply zero waste pattern cutting techniques and they handcraft each garment. Manufacturing is done locally to ensure that the dresses are always sustainable.
For customization, you can ask the brand to make your dress using the sustainable fabrics that you prefer. And if you’re more to the short wedding dress type, just go to the brand’s second collection called IndieBride. Hint: they’re way more affordable!
Is your Boho-chic your dream wedding style? If it is, then Reformation is your go-to brand. Their dresses are inspired by maxi dresses that you can find in the 70s. Reformation makes their dresses from what is called deadstock material. They’re fabric which fashion industry usually burn or throw away.
But don’t think that your dresses will look ugly. The brand’s dresses are all chic and eco friendly just the way you like it. They can be worn again and restyled, and bridesmaids can also wear them too. And since Reformation is also ethical clothes-maker, you’re more than welcome to get your clothing there.
8. Wear Your Love
Comfort is one of the ultimate things that wedding dresses should have, ‘cause you’ll be wearing them for quite a long time. Now, this brand does not compromise that in their designs. Their materials are organic cotton, bamboo fabrics, natural silk chiffon, and soft English tulle fabrics. Those make your future dress incredibly soft, comfy, and flowing that you almost don’t want to take them off.
If customization is your thing, note that Wear Your Love is a made-to-order brand. They want to provide convenience, uniqueness, eco-consciousness, and quality. You can make your own style and design from classical lace, Boho, to layered wedding dress. This brand won’t sell their dress unless you really like it. The price range is around $700 to $1,680
9. Rent the Runway
So you prefer rentals more than buying them, but you still want the gowns to be eco-friendly? Well, Rent The Runway is the place you should go to. There are various types of gowns and they’re available for all sizes. And not just for brides, they also have eco-conscious gowns for bridesmaids dresses as well as wedding attires for the family.
Rent the Runway has a dedicated customer service. They won’t only ensure that you’ll only get the perfect fit, but they also have insurance policy, hassle-free return, and toxic-free dry cleaning. The price range is around $30 to $800 and there are membership options that you can apply.
So have you found your dream brand or designer for your eco wedding dress? Tell us what you think in the comments below. Make sure to check out this article for a guide to a sustainable wedding. Happy planning!