Comfortable Cruelty-Free Wedding Gowns

You don't have to be a vegan to appreciate an ethical wedding gown. Green bride Anni M. shares some of her favorite, and most comfortable, wedding gowns that are kind to the earth and to the people who make them. 

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Choosing the fabric for your gown and bridesmaid dresses can be a maddening process. You want to wear a comfortable wedding dress, both physically and psychologically. The fabric should reflect your wedding’s theme, the season, and your unique sense of style. For an eco-friendly wedding, you should also consider where the fabric comes from and how it’s made. Most conventional fabrics have a negative impact on the environment and human health. For example, I recently learned that rare earth platinum is used to make conventional denim. True, each pair of jeans requires a very small amount of platinum, but think of all the jeans in the world! Platinum mining is environmentally unsound, not to mention the humanitarian consequences of the unregulated conditions. While wedding gowns are not usually made of denim, they are also processed with dangerous chemicals, and are often made from heavily bleached synthetic fabrics. You can make a real tangible impact by choosing eco-friendly, cruelty-free fabrics. Vintage is always eco-friendly and cruelty-free, but there are many other ethical options too. The best part? You don’t have to sacrifice beauty or quality—these fabrics are sumptuous and chic.

Peace Silk

Flowing gown

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Conventional silk is made from the cocoons of silk worms. Because the worms are harvested when they’re still inside the cocoons, they must be steamed or gassed before the manufacturing process begins. 3,000 silk worms are killed for every pound of manufactured silk. Many of us think, “well, they’re only worms," but that is a lot of  animals for one dress, and once you know it is hard not to think about them. 

Fortunately, there is a sustainable and cruelty-free alternative. Peace silk is still made from silkworm cocoons but they’re harvested after the worms have emerged. After collecting discarded cocoons, fair trade workers in India weave the silk by hand. You can order gorgeous, designer peace silk gowns from Atelier Tammam in the UK.

Upcycled Wedding Gowns

Bridesmaid dress

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The Etsy designer AmoursansAnguisg creates stunning upcycled bridesmaids’ dresses and wedding gowns out of found fabric. The fabric is draped over a vintage slip, and then sewn to match exact measurements. These gowns are whimsical and unique. The seller will work with brides and bridesmaids to create a custom dress that suits the wearer’s style. I love how these dresses highlight frayed edges, lace, and pretty vintage ruffles. Her bridal collection is stunning as well.

Bridal picture

Image source: Etsy.com, seller AmoursansAnguish

Sash Couture's Wedding Dress Collection is the embodiment of luxury. Her styles have a vintage feel with modern luxury. This rose vintage wedding dress is made from peace silk with 100% organic cotton detailing. It is as soft and comfortable as a slip you would sleep in. 

You can shop her entire ethical wedding gown collection here, including sweet peace silk flower girl dresses. Visit the green bride guide shop for organic cotton and hemp wedding gowns as well. There are so many ways to be stylish and sustainable.