Get an eco-friendly wedding dress or tux
Ah, the crowning glory. So many options!
FREE For a heritage feel, ask to borrow your Mom's, Grandma's or friend's dress. Likewise, ask the men in your life if they can lend a tux or a suit (something old, something new... you get the idea).
$ Rent it! Look on the internet for local suppliers. You're only going to wear it once my friend. And renting is a good way to cut down on waste by re-using clothing rather than purchasing something brand new.
$ Choose a dress you can later modify into a cool party dress, or a suit you can pull off wearing at work.
$$ Buy a gorgeous dress on consignment. Chances are it was only worn once.
$$ A seamstress can sew and design clothes for you out of sustainable fabrics like organic cotton and bamboo, adding a unique, personal touch.
$$$ Purchase an organic cotton, bamboo or hemp dress. They're a lot more beautiful than they sound! Check out The Oko Box, Rawnique, the Morgan Boszilkov wedding collection, the Margaret MacLeod eco-collection, Threadhead Creations, or check out this website that lists several eco-designers.
Find eco-friendly wedding rings
$ More and more people are going for just wedding bands. Money saved from forgoing 'the Rock' can go to a down payment on your first house!
$$ Get trendy! It's popular right now to reset or redesign an heirloom stone. No family jewels? Buy a second-hand ring with a gem you love, and have it reset.
$$ Ever heard of a wooden wedding ring? (Say that three times quickly.) No mining is involved, and the result is a gorgeous warm ring in any number of styles. Try Touch Wood Rings for ideas.
$$$ Still want the bling? Check out environmentally-friendly recycled gold rings at Green Karat ; they're so savvy they can even add carbon offsets to production. For Canadian diamonds, visit Brilliant Earth or Leber Jeweler .
Green wedding flowers and décor
FREE Time to raid Granny's garden! Does anyone you know have a green thumb that would like to volunteer to grow your plants in their garden, pesticide-free? Think how much more special it will be to have eco-friendly wedding flowers from loved ones.
$ Pumpkins and gourds make nifty vases, and they're compostable! Or purchase vases that can be given to your guests.
$$ Ask your florist to source local, seasonal, pesticide-free flowers that don't have to be shipped in from far, far away.
$$ Choose a beautiful native species, like your provincial flower, that will bloom around your wedding date.
$$ Some people opt for getting married in a garden or other gorgeous outdoor venue. Voila! Instant décor! Go for a little tour of your local botanical gardens or parks and see what strikes your fancy.