Guest Post by: Katie Martin
Having been watching the green wedding trends for the past 10 years, we have been discouraged by the amount of misinformation that has come out by wedding bloggers, writers and newspaper columnists. While the general public is starting to see that going green can change the world, many brides fear that going green for their wedding day means they have to compromise on their style. Such is not the case!
So many of our high-end couture wedding gown designers are right here in the United States – or not too far away! For example, one of the greenest wedding gown designers is based in Canada. Adele Wechsler is the leader in the industry on fair-trade eco-couture gowns with vegetable-dyed natural silks, hemps and cottons.
Another world-wide favorite is Monique Lhuillier . Best known for her couture gowns and custom bridal gowns for celebrities like Reese Witherspoon and Alicia Silverstone. Her gowns are ethereal and made right here in the United States. One thing to keep in mind with bridal gowns is the more hands on details, the more expensive the dress. Monique Lhuillier and her team create fairy tale dresses with classic style. She is an eco-friendly designer as she produces here in the states with European fabrics and lots of natural silks.
Anna Maier Ulla Maija designs all of her gowns in the United States and is known also for her high-end couture and clean-lined gowns. Using natural fabrics and hands-on details as well.
The Cotton Bride are hand-made gowns in New York City by couture gown designer Chris Kole. Every single one of his gowns are custom-made with each bride in mind. He uses only natural cotton fabrics in this genius couture cotton collection.
Dresses and lingerie alike, brides are enamored with designer Claire Pettibone . A San Francisco based designer that captures romance and simplicity in every gown she designs. She even reuses some fabrics!
The key to a green wedding is to stay true to your personal style while reducing your overall impact. Dresses can be sold after each wedding on websites like Recycled Bride , Once Wed and SmartBride . Then – if you are really smart – look for gown separates where you can wear the top or skirt again.
A few other key elements to keep your wedding green while keeping it stylish are
Katie Martin Bio:
Katie Martin is the world’s leading eco-friendly wedding expert. She has owned and operated Elegance & Simplicity, Inc. since 1998. Her firm has designed 1000’s of eco-friendly events and has been heralded internationally by magazines, newspapers, blogs and other forms of media. Ms. Martin is also the Editor-in-Chief of Eco-Beautiful Weddings® Online Magazine & Blog . Both of her books hit bookshelves in 2010
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