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The eco-friendly trend is gaining traction in the wedding world and shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon. More and more brides are making it a priority to plan and design their dream wedding with the environment in mind, and Pinterest has shown us time and time again that “eco-friendly” can easily and beautifully be “eco-chic.”

If you’re looking for ways to have an eco-friendly wedding, here are a few ideas on how to reduce your carbon footprint without sacrificing style.

Choose a Pre-Worn Wedding Dress

Pre-worn doesn’t have to mean outdated and dingy; there are plenty of almost-new and vintage wedding dresses that are beautiful, elegant, and totally unique. With a variety of consignment shops around, you can find everything from non-label vintage dresses to lightly worn designers for a fraction of the price of new dresses. Choosing a pre-worn dress is basically like recycling and reduces pollution by skipping the manufacturing process. However, if pre-worn is not your style, then look for a designer that is fair-trade and eco-friendly.

Purchase Eco-Friendly Lingerie

Sexy little delicates are a part of every wedding, and something brides look forward to splurging on. But instead of heading to Victoria’s Secret, you can look for eco-friendly lingerie you’ll definitely want to wear on your wedding night and for many nights beyond. Eco-friendly lingerie is organic and made from ethically-sourced materials. Another fun idea? Book a boudoir photo shoot before your wedding wearing the special lingerie and surprise your hubby with the pictures on your honeymoon, or on your first anniversary.

Swoon Over Conflict-Free Diamonds

Who would want a “conflicted” diamond anyway? That’s no way to celebrate your love with a “diamond that is forever.” It is easier than ever to find recycled diamonds, gemstones, and precious metals, and you don’t have to sacrifice beauty for nature. There are many online sources that sell conflict-free rings in many styles, shapes, and cuts. Just take your pick!

Decorate with Local, Organic Blooms

It’s not only food that is eco-friendlier when local; flowers are also much more earth-conscious when used from local sources. But it is also possible to find vendors that use organic blooms to curate lovely, unique, pesticide-free bouquets and centerpieces. You can also look for local, native flowers and plants to celebrate where you’re from and where your wedding is taking place.

Beautify with Natural Accessories

Flower crowns are seriously on trend right now, and not just because they are super romantic. They are also a nod to the pure beauty of Mother Earth, but only when organic and local. There is nothing quite as romantic as a wild flower bouquet and head piece framing your face.

Primp with Organic Beauty

We have been learning more and more about the dangers of the chemicals and artificial ingredients in make-up and hair care products. In addition to our health, these ingredients are also hazardous to the environment. So for your eco-friendly wedding, be sure to primp with organic beauty products like foundation, blush, eye liner, mascara, hairspray, and hydrating hair masks for some pre-wedding self-care.

Walk Down the Aisle in “Green” Shoes

No, we don’t mean green shoes literally, but eco-friendly ones from a responsible manufacturer. Tom’s offers vegan options that are both comfortable and pretty, with girly lace and eyelet designs in bridal white. And for every shoe that is sold, Tom’s donates a pair to someone in need. They even have an entire bridal collection for you to choose a style you love.

It is easy and fun to plan an eco-friendly wedding and it is even prettier to be an eco-chic bride. Choose some or all of these elements of a nature-inspired event for your big day, and you’ll be glowing all day long knowing you are showing your love for Mother Earth in addition to your new partner.