eco-friendly wedding gowns | denver bridal stylist

Something old, something new, something borrowed and something “green”?

Do you want to wear an earth friendly gown on your big day and still look unforgettable? This is your day and it’s all about you. You have many options to find the dress of your dreams and still hold onto your green principles!

Lovingly-worn or vintage: the most eco-friendly way to be green since no new resources are being exploited.

Vintage Wedding Gown from Posh Girl Vintage

Vintage Wedding Gown from Posh Girl Vintage

Wearing a dress from a previous generation is the most nostalgic way to recycle a wedding gown. You may not be the same size or love the style of the gown that your mom or grandmother wore, but if you are set on wearing it, take it to a wedding seamstress and see what your possibilities are. You may be able to utilize the entire gown or part of it such as the details or trim.

There is a variety of resources online to find discounted, previously purchased or barely worn gowns such as There Goes the Bride, Brides Against Breast Cancer, Encore Bridal, Indiebride, Posh Girl Vintage, Buy Sell Dress, The Bridal Garden, and Wore It Once. Craig’s List, eBay, and local online classifieds are great options as well- you may even find the dress of your dreams at a significantly lower price.

Remember- wedding dresses are sized differently than regular clothing so make sure you have been properly measured by a professional seamstress before you buy. Also, ask the street size and what the return policy is.

Vintage is hot! Check out your local antique and vintage stores that carry clothing and accessories. These shops may be a bit more expensive but often offer a beautiful selection of gowns. Second-hand, consignment or thrift stores usually have a variety of gently worn wedding attire- you just have to be willing to hunt!

Sustainable fabrics: consider planet-loving fabrics.

Bridal Gown by Deborah Lindquist

Bridal Gown by Deborah Lindquist


Natural fibers such as silk, hemp, linen, organic cotton, bamboo, and wool – in their natural colors, tinted with nontoxic dyes, or lightened without chlorine are great options for the eco-friendly bride.

A few designers that offer eco-friendly designs and/or practices in their businesses include Alisa Benay, Annatarian, Deborah Lindquist, Conscious Clothing, Justin Alexander, Morgan Boszilkov, Olivia Luca, Rawganique, Réne Geneva, and Threadhead Creations.

Resources about green practices/businesses: The Sustainable Cotton Project, Responsible Shopper, Sweat Free Communities, Green America, International Organic Cotton Directory, The Hemp Industries Association.

Bridal gown rental: renting a gown can save you hundreds of dollars. Check your local bridal shops to see if they do rentals for the day. You never know what you may find in your size!

Be yourself. Be unforgettable.

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