Your fridge is plastered with Save the Dates and you've dropped about 1,000 bucks on cheaply made bridesmaid dresses. It must be wedding season. If you haven't discovered yet, the wedding industry is a behemoth, archaic institution riddled with egregious markups and ethical malpractice. Thankfully, all is not lost, technology and transparency trends are demanding change. We’ve rounded up 6 must-know ethical companies revolutionizing the wedding industry. It just takes a few brave leaders before others start to follow and we love what these companies are doing!
1 | Union Station
“The best part is you can totally shorten it and wear it again!” This lie appeased Katherine Heigl enough for her to shell out for 27 awful dresses. But, TBH, you never really have a time to re-wear them, do you? Enter Union Station. A bridal dress rental service, cutting down on dress waste in the wedding industry.
Few things are more cringeworthy than taffeta bridesmaids dresses cranked out of a foreign factory for big box retailers. Gents have been renting tuxes for eons, so it isn’t so much revolutionary, as painfully simple, yet immensely pioneering. We love these fashion forward bridesmaid dresses that you can rent to save your best gals a few bucks, while cutting down on fashion waste.
2 | Anomalie
Strut your stuff. These custom wedding gowns are economical, ethical, and downright gorgeous. One of the most unethical components of the wedding dress industry are the extreme markups present across the industry. Anomalie operates through transparency and charges ethical prices on consciously made custom wedding dresses.
3 | Happy Isles
Vogue got it right when it said, “this vintage only bridal salon is what wedding dress dreams are made of.” Not only would a vintage wedding dress be gorgeous, it would also be the perfect, “something old.” An incredible amount of work goes into every wedding gown, and we love love the idea of bringing new life to a stylish, vintage wedding gown, while slowing down the fast fashion industry.
4 | Bloomrent
To have and to hold, until tomorrow. Bloomrent is revolutionizing the wedding floral industry by streamlining a system for floral decor sharing and we're obsessed. The process is simple: troll Pinterest for your floral dreams, book your floral designer, then connect with Bloomrent. They will take your flowers after the wedding, freshen them up a little, and give them to someone to use the following day, reducing the cost for you. Truth is, flowers have a shelf life of anywhere from 3 to 14 days, but the average wedding is a mere 5 hours. Bloomrent is making the wedding industry greener, one petal at a time.
5 | Celia Grace
Ethically made wedding dresses that help women and families around the world. Like all good rom-coms, Celia Grace began when a guy met a girl. But, there were a few hurdles to overcome first. Marcie, the founder of Celia Grace, wanted an ethical wedding dress but couldn’t find any goods ones on the market. So, she took matters into her own hands, forming Celia Grace. Yasss boss!
6 | Do Amore
While Leo's performance in Blood Diamond was amazing, the unfortunate reality is that the diamond industry truly does have an immense amount of blood on its hands. Do Amore’s mission is to manufacture rings designed to help the world, not hurt it. They accomplish this through utilizing conflict-free diamonds, recycled precious metals, local manufacturing, and sustainable packaging. Not to mention, each ring purchased funds a well in a community without clean drinking water. Do Amore diamonds certainly are a girl’s best friend.
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