Monday, October 15, 2007

Zero Waste Tip #3: Choosing the Dress

In my opinion, the dress search can never begin too early. In fact, some brides know what they want their dress to look like long before they are engaged. But if you plan to throw a zero waste wedding, there are two ways you can approach the dress buying process. One, you only count the waste created on the day of your wedding. Or two, you only count the waste created by your wedding day and the waste created by companies who have helped shape your wedding day.

With option one, virtually any dress you pick will work so long as you keep it, sell it, or donate it. As long as it doesn't end up in the trash (and for many brides that would be sacrilege anyway) you're A-OK. But if you decide to go with option 2, then you'll have to take into consideration where you get your dress from and the amount of waste created to make the dress. Personally, I think the vintage or used wedding dress is the best way to go because it allows you to essentially recycle the already consumed resources, material, and energy that were used to create the dress in the first place. Not to mention that you can practically get a one of a kind piece or a designer gown that will turn heads, but won't turn your wedding budget upside down.

The pics above are from, one of the best places online to find unique vintage wedding dresses in good condition. But don't forget that your perfect dress could be waiting for you in a vintage or consignment shop just down the street.

Come back tomorrow for Zero Waste Photography and Decor!

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