Sustainability sounds like a trendy buzzword that is just being tossed around everywhere on the internet nowadays. But more than just a concept and a new way of doing things, sustainability is truly all about reconsidering the choices we make in life so that the only planet we can call home in this entire universe can live longer.
Every little choice adds up—even the ones you make for your wedding. Many of us dream of fantastical gowns and expensive jewelry. It’s one of the biggest days of our lives and we want everything to be picture-perfect. One thing we don’t think about, however, is the impact on the environment of the things we wear.
From your diamond ring to your wedding dress, these are things you need to know about sustainability in bridal fashion as a bride-to-be.
What Makes Sustainable Wedding Fashion So Important?
Among all the industries in the world, the fashion industry ranks fourth among the world’s top polluters. The production of clothes and bridal wear uses bleaches, surfactants, and finishes that are used to color fibers and fabrics. These substances pollute our seas and pose huge health risks to the communities that are exploited for their natural materials.
By making the right choices with your bridal wear and even your everyday clothes, you can remove yourself from any part of an extremely dangerous supply chain. Just think of it this way: with sustainable wedding fashion, what you’re about to wear on one of the most important days of your life did not come at the expense of Mother Nature or the people who made it.
What Does Sustainability In The Wedding Fashion Scene Look Like Nowadays?
Over the years, brides have become increasingly more interested in sustainability. Hence, the bridal fashion industry has been hard at work to create more environmentally conscious pieces of clothing and jewelry.
Bridal Wear For Your Wedding Day
More bridal designers are working with sustainable fabrics and advocating slow fashion for every part of a bride’s outfit—from her dress down to her bridal shoes.
On-trend right now are transitional bridal pieces or bridal wear you can use even after your wedding. Traditional wedding gowns are typically worn for a day and kept somewhere in the house right after, often never to be seen again. Re-wearable pieces live beyond your big day as they are designed to be worn over and over again. This is especially true for separates such as cocktail dresses, coats, trousers, and other layering items.
These transitional bridal pieces can be kept in your closet for years to come, and the best part is that you won’t have to worry about them becoming outdated.
In the realm of sustainable jewelry, most brides who think green repurpose their bridal jewels. These are jewels passed down from generations repurposed as wearable engagement ring designs.
Jewelers are reusing stones and recycling gold to create designs that will fit your style. Not only is this more sustainable than getting a brand new ring, but it’s also a great way to keep your loved ones close.
How Do I Make More Environmentally Conscious Choices For My Wedding Day?
Are you excited to get ready for your big day with a more environmentally conscious state of mind? Here are some tips on how you can make more sustainable bridal fashion choices.
Instead of buying a new dress, why not rent one instead? Not only is this a much more affordable option, but it’s also a super simple process that doesn’t require months and months of waiting. It can also be your something borrowed!
Rented wedding dresses still need to be produced, but at least they will bring more joy to so many people over their lifetime. Furthermore, most businesses that rent out wedding outfits are environmentally conscious. They will dispose of it sustainably once they’re worn out. However, if you’re unsure, you can always ask.
Look At The Label
If you’re buying your bridal wear, don’t forget to look at what’s on the label first. Avoid leather, synthetic fabrics, and fur. Shop for cleaner fabrics and those that are organic or recycled.
You can also look for the mark of ethical certification groups such as the Fairtrade Cotton Program, the Global Organic Textile Standard, and the Fair Wear Foundation.
Vintage bridal outfits have a timeless beauty to them that will bring an exceptionally classic flair to your wedding day. If you have one in hand or you’re planning to get yours soon, you’re in luck! Vintage bridal wear can easily be tailored, making it look and feel like the outfit has been created just for you.
Going vintage is a greener way to shop. By recycling these old garments and breathing new life into them, you’re completely avoiding the traditional wedding fashion supply chain. Especially if you’ll let the piece make another bride happy afterward.
Repurpose Antique Jewelry
Aside from your bridal wear, you can also go vintage with your engagement rings and even your actual wedding rings. Pre-owned jewelry is a beautiful and environmentally conscious choice. The quality of a vintage ring is unmatched even by some of the finest rings on the market today.
You can also have a bespoke piece repurposed to fit you and your partner.
Every Decision You Make Counts
Whatever route you choose, remember that even the smallest decision will have an impact on the world around you. Consider creating better and greener choices for your big day—starting with your outfit. We promise you, doing so won’t compromise the beauty and quality of your wedding.
Iskra Banović is our seasoned Editor-in-Chief at BlueFashion. She has been steering the website's content and editorial direction since 2013. With a rich background in fashion design, Iskra's expertise spans across fashion, interior design, beauty, lifestyle, travel, and culture.