The Thoughtful Bride: Wedding Dresses
Today I'm happy to introduce our newest contributor Tegan, author of the fabulous blog In Tandem Fair Trade Weddings. Occassionally she'll be blogging with us and sharing tips on how to plan a thoughtful wedding. Welcome Tegan!
We all wait for it... the moment where the bride walks down the aisle beaming with delight. For many of us the wedding gown is the piece de la resistance for the wedding. (The wedding cake is a close second!)
Like many bride’s planning their wedding, one of the first things I did after I got engaged was to religiously and obsessively troll the internet looking for gowns and wedding inspiration. However, as a socially conscious bride wanting to reflect my values on my wedding day, this fun experience quickly turned frustrating! There were simply not many resources for fair trade weddings let alone for ethical wedding gowns. Happily since my own search started, there are a growing number of ethical and eco-friendly designers coming out each year to make the search for the right dress easier for the ethical bride!
Celia Grace offers some lovely wedding dresses each handmade and inspired by special women from history. Designed in Massachusetts, Celia Grace’s gowns are sewn by women’s cooperatives as well as refugees in the United States looking to rebuild their lives. The company uses hand loomed natural silks as well as non-toxic dyes. Celia Grace was recently certified fair trade by The Fair Trade Federation, which makes their gowns both beautiful and meaningful!
Another great ethical choice is to get an eco-friendly gown that is made here in the United States. Tara Lynn Bridal in Vermont and Threadhead Creations in Nashville, TN both create handmade gowns from sustainable, natural and organic fabrics. For the retro or bohemian bride you can’t go wrong with a beautiful vintage or antique dress from Mill Crest Vintage. They carry beautiful dresses from the 1920’s through the 1980’s. Another ethical option is to purchase a designer gown or gently worn dress from charities like Brides Against Breast Cancer or Brides for a Cause. Both organizations also accept gown donations so after your wedding you can give back and help another bride have a special day!
For a more in depth list of ethical wedding gown designers visit my Ethical Bridal Gown Guide at In Tandem Fair Trade Weddings!