10+ Sustainable and Ethical Wedding Dresses
If you’re here right now, chances are it’s because you’re in the throws of planning your wedding! If that’s the case, congrats! How exciting. I wish you all the best in this new chapter of your life. So, to make things just a tad bit easier for you, I’ve compiled a list of 10+ sustainable and ethical wedding dresses to help you in your search for the perfect wedding dress.
Secondhand Wedding Dresses
Stillwhite: Stillwhite is the largest global marketplace for preowned, used, and second-hand wedding dresses. They currently have about 45,000 dresses you can choose from. Search by designer, silhouettes, cuts, etc. To date, Stillwhite has sold more than 20,000 dresses, reduced 216,000 kg of carbon emissions, and saved 180 million liters of water.
Rent the runway: Why not rent your dress? While rent the runway doesn’t offer wedding gowns for rent per se they do offer some truly beautiful white gowns, which, depending on your style, might be a perfect fit for your big day
Nearly Newly Wed: NNW offers a variety of slightly worn and new wedding dresses, accessories, etc. You can even purchase a dress from their site, alter it, and then sell it back (as long as it’s in pristine condition). They have some amazing dresses!
Once Wed: Similar to Stillwhite and NNW, Once Wed sells used wedding dresses to future brides. As mentioned on their website “let your biggest memory be your big day, and pass on your fantastic dress to a bride to be.” They’re also a great resource for brides who are in the midst of planning their special day. They provide some really great DIY wedding inspiration and tools.
Jana Starr: For an authentic vintage dresses, check out Jana Starr. She reconstructs antique lace dresses (we’re talking 100-year-old handmade lace and embroideries) into modern and gorgeous designs. Highly recommend if this is in your budget.
Custom Made Wedding Dresses
Etsy: You can find hundreds of beautiful vintage, upcycled, and made-to-order wedding dresses and designers on Etsy. It can actually get a bit overwhelming if you ask me. Tip: ask the designers/seamstresses where their materials (lace, sequins, cotton) come from. Often times, beading and sequins can be an indication of child labor.
Tara Lynn Bridal: TaraLynn works by hand and on vintage sewing machines to create one-of-a-kind wedding gowns from natural, organic, and re-purposed fibers. Not only are her dresses beautiful but she truly cares about creating a more ethical and sustainable fashion industry, which is one of the reasons she launched her own clothing company. Note: She provides both custom-made and ready-to-order gowns.
Tip: You can find more custom-made brands by searching for “bespoke wedding dresses.”
Sustainable and Ethical Wedding Dresses
Lost in Paris wedding gowns are ethically and sustainably made using vintage lace unearthed from antique markets in Europe. These beautiful wedding dresses, which are handmade locally in Sydney Australia, are made-to-measure and can be shipped anywhere in the world. Bonus: Lost in Paris also customizes and adjusts any of their ready-made dresses so, you can be sure to walk away with a dress that fits you perfectly.
Reformation’s goal is to be as close to zero-waste as possible using rescued deadstock & vintage fabrics in each of their pieces. You can read more about their sustainable and ethical practices here! And, of course, make sure to check out their beautiful wedding dresses here.
Beautiful fair trade-certified and sustainably created wedding dresses. Celia Grace’s mission Is to empower their dressmakers (fair wages), provide brides with modern, beautiful bridal wear, and give back to those who need it the most. (For every dress you purchase a donation is made to Tailored for Education, an organization that provides school uniforms to children in impoverished areas where one of the requirements for enrollment is having the proper attire.)
Boho style. Sustainable. Ethical and timeless dresses. Handmade in Los Angeles, Christy Dawn uses only deadstock fabrics (the residual fabrics leftover from major fashion houses) for all her dresses. This means there may only be one or two pieces available for each item created, depending on how much fabric she has at the time. All her seamstresses are not only paid a competitive wage but receive health benefits. You can check out her beautiful bridal gowns here.
Based out of Vancouver Canada, Pure Magnolia is more than just about making pretty wedding dresses. As their website states, they’re “passionate about creating a fashion industry that is good for our society, rather than one that profits from harming people and the Earth.” Through their classic and beautiful designs, Magnolia playfully incorporates European lace, Indian silks, colorful patterns, organic cottons, vintage and recycled fabrics. Pure Magnolia will customize dresses for you, sell you their sample dresses, and resale lightly worn dresses (consignment).
All of Leanne Marshall’s dresses are stunning, handmade, and produced in the New York area. Leanne sources all of her raw materials from reputable mills that meet environmental and working standard regulations. Her dresses use materials such as natural silks and lace, which give her dresses a really elegant and romantic feel. Fun fact: Leanne was a contestant on Season 5 of Project Runway. You can check out her wedding dresses here.
Check out Valani’s Sokha Banana Dress. This dress is great for the laid back bride looking for something timeless and unique. I love this dress because not only is it ethically created and worn time and time again, but it’s it’s made of 100% Banana Viscose, i.e. made from discarded banana tree stems! In fact, all of Valani’s garments are ethically manufactured and made from plant-based fabrics such as hemp, banana stalks, and eucalyptus trees! Plus, Valani donates 10% of profits to organizations that fund women’s empowerment programs, animal charities, and environmental initiatives. Colors for this laid back wedding dress (or bridesmaid dress!) come in white, bright pink, purple and hemp.
So there you have, just a few sustainable and ethical wedding dresses for you to pick from as you plan your big day!