Ever think about how wedding dresses are made from TONS of materials, shipped from overseas, and only worn once? Big oof. But don’t fret! Here are three tried & true ways to make your dress more eco friendly! 🌍
1. Rent your dress
This option won't work if you're planning some more adventerous activities on your wedding day, but if you won’t be doing anything too dusty, muddy, or dirty when you elope, renting is a PERFECT option to reduce your impact. @laurelsandlaceco is a great place to rent here in Northern Utah, and there are online options if you’re eloping someplace else! It's often way more cost effective to rent as well, which means more opportunity to invest in an incredible experience like a Jeep tour, helicopter ride, or any number of things!
2. Shop vintage
If you're anything like me, I know you love thrifting. There are vintage shops all over, but did you know that there are also ones who feature bridal attire like @loversbridal in Salt Lake City? It's all they do! Pre-loved is a great way to find something unique, beautiful, and friendly to the planet. Many vintage dresses will also have incredible stories behind them, like this one from Lover's Bridal that was featured on a 1979 cover of BRIDES magazine!
3 - Donate your dress when you get back from your elopement
Instead of letting your dress spend the rest of its life in a closet getting dusty, there are lots of options like Brides For A Cause that will make sure your dress is given to someone who might not otherwise be able to afford they incredible experience they also deserve, and knowing the joy you’ll be bringing someone is an overwhelmingly lovely feeling! And hey, it's tax deductible too, which is always a nice bonus.
What other ways have you found to make sure your dress is eco-friendly?
Was your dress a family heirloom?
Was it hand sewn for you by someone local?
Let me know in the comments! ✨
Kira McGrigg Photographer & Guide is based out of Utah and specializes in elopements that connect couples more deeply to the planet through sustainable practices and incredible experiences.