In times of an economic downturn, many women would prefer to opt for an affordable wedding dress for their nuptials. Bridal sites such as The Green Guide provide wedding gowns made with recyclable materials such as silk like satin, chiffon and taffeta at very reasonable prices.
Alternatively, with a growing interest in recycled clothing, some women may consider wearing recycled wedding dresses, giving new life to old frocks.
There are a few ways to explore the idea of recycled wedding dresses, which need not be limited to buying a second hand frock. With a little imagination, a recycled wedding dress can be creatively tailored to individual taste.
1. Dye an old dress and make it new again
White is usually the chosen colour of a wedding gown, but it doesn't have to be. This is certainly down to personal preference, but some women may choose to wear an alternative coloured wedding dress in which to walk down the isle. We're not just talking about ivory or beige; blues, reds, yellows or pastel colours could all be an option.
Another idea for those that prefer to stick with a traditional white gown, would be to dye a petticoat underneath the dress, displaying an unexpected flash of colour when the opportunity arises.
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Instead of buying an expensive new dress, a used wedding dressed could be purchased from a thrift or secondhand bridal store and dyed to the required chosen colour, resulting in a unique, creative and budget friendly take on the traditional wedding frock.
2. Customising existing wedding dresses
Another way to utilise used bridal gowns could be by means of trimming and “restructuring” the overall look of the dress. A simple way to customise would be to trim a long wedding dress to a shorter length. Another idea might be to add intricate details to a plain frock, such as incorporating beads, sequins, and sophisticated embroideries.
3. Buy a dress designed with recycled materials
You may recall a previous blog post on recycled fashion, "A Sustainable Wedding". Sarah wore a spectacular dress made of second hand doilies created by Australian textile artist Chris McIntosh, and her husband, Liam, wore a suit from the local op shop.(more here)
UK based Eleanor from ReFashioned offers a bridal service creating custom made eco-friendly wedding dresses using upcycled materials in her designs.
Readers would you, or did you, get married in a recycled wedding gown? Would you consider getting married in a colour other than white? On my own wedding day, almost a decade ago, I chose to wear an aqua-green (although you can't tell in this photograph) budget friendly dress: