For many brides, finding that perfect dress is of utmost importance. . . as it should be. It sets the tone for your wedding day, often elements from the dress help create your style, and it places a bride in the mindset of her wedding day. For many brides, however, the challenge they face is that constant battle of the perfect dress against the perfect pricetag. Do I really need a designer dress? Do I really want to pay that much for a dress I will only wear once?
There are tons of ways to make your dress an financially-friendly and eco-friendly part of your wedding:
Gorgeous Eco Chic Grecian Wrap Dress
The eco chic dress: You’ve tried on a dozen dresses, and nothing has screamed “that’s me!” yet, or you are simply not interested in walking into the high end shops that sell dozens of designers and try to pick one. That style you love, take a look at designers online first – find designers who are doing an eco-chic style and start with shops that carry lines that you know are eco-friendly.
The recycled dress:
Getting a recycled dress is a great way to (1) save money and (2) go green. If you think about it, a recycled dress has really only been worn for about 8 hours, and they’re usually still like new! There are some awesome sites to find gently used gowns. Recycled Bride is a great resource for the eco-savvy bride. They’ve got resources for everything: grooms, bridesmaids, mother of the bride and shoes.
What to do with the dress after the wedding:
Although you may have the urge to save your dress for your hypothetical daughter, think about it carefully. More than likely, (a) the styles of today will not be the styles of your children’s generation, and (b) your daughter will probably give you grief about whatever style you wear. So, what do you do with your dress? Donate it. The Brides Against Breast Cancer is a great organization for donating your dress. When you donate your dress you’re supporting a good cause and recycling!
Another option for recycling your dress is to style it into something new. I love the idea of creating a new classic dress that you can wear out on your anniversaries – adorable concept and wouldn’t you stun your guy into awe.
You can also sell your dress on recycling websites, and let another bride get as much happiness out of it as you did!
Whether you choose to implement one or all of these ideas, the slightest effort makes a big difference. Good luck!
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