We take a look at ways you can have the day of your dreams AND help people around the world.
1. Diamonds are a girl’s best friend
Want to reduce the environmental impact of your wedding? Opt for “pre-loved” wedding and engagement rings from local antique stores, Gumtree and eBay. Have a look before you dismiss this idea!
Buy your wedding bands from Do Amore – for every ring sold, two people in the developing world receive clean water, for life.
2. Strapped for cash?
The sensible bride’s wedding dress option is to buy second hand. You’ll only wear it once (hopefully) so why spend thousands?
But what if I said you can save some cash AND do your bit for the homeless? Well, you can! Vinnies now has an entire section of donated wedding dresses in one of its Sydney stores.
A quick Google search throws up countless websites and stores around Australia selling stunning pre-loved gowns at a fraction of the original price. Some of the best include I Do Gowns, Savvy Brides and The Barefaced Bride.
3. Buy a Fair Trade dress
Okay, so this one isn’t strictly Australian, but there’s one particular wedding dress company in the US that’s too awesome not to be mentioned.
Marcie Muehlke searched high and low for a wedding dress matching her human rights and environmental values but came up short.
To help other brides in the same boat, Marcie started Celia Grace. These gorgeous dresses are Fair Trade and eco-friendly and for each one sold, a water filter is donated to a family in need. Tingles!
4. Go eco with your invites
Want to go eco with your invites but fancy sending something a little more special than an email?
Visit Earth First for a huge list of eco-friendly stationary suppliers in Australia.
Also, if you haven’t been on Etsy yet, make that the very next thing you do! There is an endless supply of wonderful handmade save-the-date cards and wedding invites just waiting to be snapped up.
5.Re-think the wedding gifts
Greenhearts products are ethical and sustainable and profits go to the communities supplying the goods. They also offset their carbon emissions. Huzzah!
Another idea growing in popularity is to ask your guests to donate to a charity of your (or their) choice.
Donate to Amnesty International or any charity close to your heart.
6. Do me a favour
Donate the money you were going to spend on bonbonniere (wedding favours) because, let’s face it, no one really needs that keychain with the cute photo of the two of you in it.
Or if you really love the idea of giving your guests a gift to thank them for celebrating with you, there is another option. Make a donation in their name to Operation Smile, an amazing organisation that provides free surgeries to repair cleft lip, cleft palate and other facial deformities for children around the world.