My Experience Dress Shopping for a Sustainable Wedding Dress

And so the journey to planning an ethical & sustainable wedding continues! When I first started researching ethical & sustainable wedding dresses, I found a decent amount of online wedding dress companies that specialize in made to order wedding dresses which is great. But as someone who had no idea what kind of dress I wanted….I didn’t feel comfortable ordering a wedding dress online. Plus I wanted the wedding dress shopping experience, trying them on until you find the one! Luckily I discovered Brides for a Cause. Brides for a Cause is a non-profit bridal boutique that sells wedding dresses for charity. This unique bridal shop focuses on collecting & reselling wedding dresses while empowering women.

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Brides for a Cause: Selling Wedding Dresses for Charity

Brides for a Cause is a non-profit bridal boutique that sells wedding dresses for charity. This unique bridal shop focuses on collecting & reselling wedding dresses while empowering women. The proceeds from wedding dresses sold are donated to woman focused charities. Since opening in 2012, Brides for a Cause has collected over 10,000 wedding dresses and donated over $700,000 to their charity partners.

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4 Eco-friendly Wedding Invitation & Stationery Brands

Eco-friendly and sustainable wedding invitations (and save the dates) are a great way to kick off your conscious wedding planning. Let your guests know you want to celebrate your love with some love for the planet. Here are four eco-friendly wedding invitation brands that are serious about sustainability and design. These brands have other wedding paper goods and stationery products as well which is great. For the simplicity of this post I’m just chatting wedding invites, but definitely check out their eco-friendly thank you notes, menus, save the dates, and all the other paper products you might need!

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How's the Wedding Planning? A Sustainable Wedding Update

As most of you know Jake & I got engaged over the summer! And I’ve made it my mission, as The Honest Consumer, to plan a sustainable & socially responsible wedding…or at least as conscious of a wedding as I can plan because I’m not so sure that the wedding industry is 100% there yet. From the ring (learn about my MiaDonna ethical engagement ring here.) to the reception, I’m trying to make responsible decisions and support businesses who care about people, the planet, and the greater good. We finally settled on a date in March 2020…if you’re going to try to lecture me on having a long engagement please refer here. Now that you’re caught up and the sass is out of the way here’s an update on the sustainable wedding plans….it’s a slow process!

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Slow Living & The Pressure of Society on Relationships

There’s quite a pressure from society that you have to be engaged or “find the one” by the time you’re in your early/mid-20s and that’s just wrong. I’m at that uncomfortable age of 22 where half my friends are engaged (including myself) and the other half are convinced they’re going to die alone. You might be sitting at your computer screen chuckling, but I’m not kidding. Some of my closest friends literally think they’re going to die alone and it breaks my heart that these strong, independent women are beat down because of this pressure society creates that we need to have our “other half.” That you, yourself, are not enough.

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The Eco-Diamond That Gives Back: MiaDonna

Anna-Mieke discovered only 1 in 9 diamonds can be backtracked to their original source. And the popular Kimberley Process Certification Scheme, some of us might have heard of….isn’t really conflict free.

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