Sustainable Wedding: Dress Rentals and Eco-Friendly Bridesmaid Dress Ideas

The bride’s gown may be white, but her wedding’s all green: Here are some ideas for making the rest of your wedding attire as eco-friendly as possible

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The Wedding Guru answers: Why not take a hint from your groom and his groomsmen? Renting (“reusing”) saves time and money, and mos certainly ollows eco-friendly guidelines.

Many shops allow bridesmaid gown rentals. Because most dresses are worn only once, renting is a pretty green alternative. If renting isn’t your cup of tea, that’s fine — simply choose dresses and accessories that are made from natural materials.

Another option: allow your bridesmaids to pick any dress in a color of your choosing. This way, they can wear something they already own, as well as wear pre-owned dresses at consignment stores or through online auction sites. If you go this route, advise your attendants to look for 100% organic materials; reuse fabrics, belts, and embellishments; and wear items constructed by fair trade labor.

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Tying the knot shouldn't put knots in your stomach, so whether you're the blushing bride, hubby-to-be, or even a wedding guest, The Wedding Guru Judy Lewis can answer all of your wedding-related questions.

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