Chartreuse. Lime. Olive. Kelly. Emerald.
You might love it, or you might hate it, but it looks like green is here to stay.
Whether you want to green your wedding a lot or a little, it’s not entirely likely that you’re willing to give up all your dreams for your big day in the name of the environment. Unless you’re quite the greenie, that is.
Well, since green has gotten so big, you might not be the only bride planning an eco-friendly event, but you do have the chance to wear something a little more couture than a burlap sack.
Enter Rene Geneva Design.
You may not have heard of this eco-friendly designer yet, but she’s well on her way to making quite the (non-carbon) footprint on the fashion world. Not only did her designs appear at the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in L.A. last year, but she’s already set to show her stuff at many fashion shows in 2008 too.
Not all that inclined to wear itchy, itchy hemp? Don’t worry, Rene Geneva designs her stylish duds with soft silky hemp as well as eco-friendly cotton and silks. On top of that, all fabrics are imported and designs are exported carbon-neutral, and everything is made with fair trade and ethical labor as top priorities.
If you think all that attention to the environment means these dresses aren’t gorgeous, think again. The picture above is just one of her many designs, and it proves that this is one couture creator.
If you’re looking for wedding gowns, there are a few great options available, but my personal favorites are all dresses that could be worn by bridesmaids.
What do you brides out there think? Are these designs fabulous or will we have to agree to disagree?
As we are all concerned for the environment, one of the biggest trends in wedding planning today is having a “green” wedding. Bridal Guide magazine’s Editor-in-Chief Diane Forden offers us these fabulous green wedding tips.
1. Save a tree, cordially
Start with your invitations. Find a stationer who offers uncoated, recycled or recyclable paper. Many stores sell beautiful papers made from cotton fibers (recovered from garment factories) or 100% recycled handmade cards embedded with flower seeds.
2. Eat, drink and be merry
Serve guests an organic feast of foods produced without chemical fertilizers, antibiotics or pesticides, and top it off with organic drinks. During cocktail hour, for example, try Square One vodka and Juniper Green gin, both fermented without additives.
3. Let your wedding bloom
Brides and their florists should choose eco-certified flowers. Organic blooms are often requested by season, such as tulips for spring weddings and sunflowers for nuptials in autumn.
4. Give a little back
Provide your guests with party favors they will enjoy and can reuse. Consider fair-trade tea, coffee or chocolates, tree seeds or saplings or re-usable totes. Natural soaps and body lotions are also a favorite.
Charitable registries are also a great way to give back. Companies like Target and JCPenney will donate a percentage of each gift purchased off the couple’s registry to a charity of their choice. Or forego gifts all together and suggest that guests contribute money directly to a good cause. Sites like the IDoFoundation.org provide great charitable wedding ideas and resources.
5. Getaway in green
Going green doesn’t need to end with the wedding day. You can be eco-conscious on your honeymoon by choosing a hotel dedicated to preserving and enhancing its environment. Green hotels, for example, use low wattage bulbs, soap dispensers instead of bars and only change towels and sheets daily if the guest so requests it.