Greening Your Wedding – Part Three


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Photo from Toronto Botanical Garden

 

In this final installment we’ll look at a few more ways you can reduce your environmental footprint without sacrificing your style or vision. Today’s categories:  transportation, guest favours and, perhaps the most challenging of all, your wedding dress.

Wedding Dress

Here’s where many brides experience their biggest ethical struggle: do you have to sacrifice your dream dress for Mother Earth? In a word: No. Brides have lots of choices.

Let me introduce you to two Toronto designers who create beautiful wedding dresses and gowns while adhering to firm environmental ideologies:

Adele Weschler  and Little.White.Dress.

Adele Weschler started her designing career in South Africa and has been creating beautiful bridal attire from her Toronto studio since 1991. Adele’s philosophy of designing for “the bride who cares about the world in which she lives” is fully realized in her eco-couture line of wedding dresses. This line offers brides an eco-friendly option with the luxury of a couture gown. You can see the full line here.

Little.White.Dress  is the eco-friendly brainchild of Jessica van Enckevort and Alexandra Wilson. Both Jessica and Alexandra are graduates of the Ryerson Fashion Design program and are committed to dressing brides who are environmentally and socially conscious. Their tagline is Love Ethically and their goal is to help all brides achieve a look that reflects their individuality while decreasing environmental impact.

Jessica and Alexandra will be showcasing their designs this weekend at The Wedding Co. Spring Show, on April 27th at the Drake Hotel.

And now for something completely different:

Here’s an amazing idea, perfect for all the ladies in your bridal party, bride, bridesmaids, Moms:  renting brand new designer dresses from Rent Frock Repeat. Owners Lisa Delorme and Kristy Wieber shop the world to find beautiful designer dresses and make those dresses available to rent at a fraction of the price. And while they don’t stock wedding dresses per se, they do carry dresses that are perfect for the modern, non-traditional bride. RfR carries sizes from 0-24 and every dress is professionally cleaned and delivered to you, ready to wear. Lisa and Kristy ensure that everyone rocks a frock that fits beautifully and is affordable. RfR is primarily an e-commerce business but they do have a showroom in Toronto where you can try on the dresses. You’ll feel and look fabulous, reduce your eco-footprint and save hundreds of dollars over the cost of purchasing. How’s that for a win/win/win?

 

Transportation

Reduce automobile traffic and emissions by having your ceremony and reception in the same location. Not only will you be reducing pollution you’ll make the day easier for everyone by eliminating extra driving between the ceremony and reception locations. However, if travel is required consider hiring a bus or minivan. Many transportation companies offer larger vehicles making it easy to transport large numbers of guests.

A fun way to further reduce your carbon footprint is The Electric Bus Company. Based in Toronto the bus comfortably holds six – a green way to transfer a small bridal party or special guests from the ceremony to your reception location. And it’s super cute!

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Wedding Guest Favours

This is one of  the easiest ways to minimize your ecological footprint. There is no reason to send your guests home with a useless tchotchke that will either end up in the garbage or at Value Village. Edible favours are extremely popular and the choices are limitless. Here are just a few yummy ideas, many of which can be ordered from your local farmer’s market: maple syrup, honey, jams, chutneys, herb blends. Personalized with a custom label or gift tag, edible favours are a delicious way to thank your wedding guests.

Charitable donations are another popular choice for couples who wish to say thank you in a more meaningful way. Remember to leave a card at each guest’s place setting advising you have made a donation on their behalf.

(Please remember, guest favours are not a substitute for hand written thank you notes that should be mailed out to all your guests within eight weeks of your wedding.)

As Earth Week wraps up I hope you’re learning that  a beautiful wedding doesn’t have to conflict with your eco-sensibilities. I’ve only touched on a few ideas in these posts but you’ll find even more tips on minimizing your wedding’s footprint from Mireya Navarro, author of Green Wedding.

 

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