The Recycled Wedding

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With the average U.S. wedding costing nearly $30,000, many couples assume that planning an eco-friendly event will only increase the price tag of their big day. But by focusing on the simple act of recycling – buying secondhand and incorporating creative reuse – you can trim your wedding’s budget, lighten its environmental impact and most importantly, create a special day that reflects your unique style and personality.

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1. Find a gently used dress

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engagement ring, wedding ring, recycled jewelry
non-flower wedding centerpieces, recycled centerpieces
non-flower wedding bouquet, wedding bouquet alternatives
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More and more brides are steering clear of expensive, brand new wedding dresses and opting for secondhand, new-to-them gowns they can buy at a fraction of the price.

While you can start your search for a gently used wedding dress on traditional online classifieds sites like Craiglist or Ebay, a host of websites have sprung up in recent years that specialize in selling new sample and used wedding gowns, including, SmartBride Boutique, Recycled Bride, Wore It Once and Bravo Bride – just to name a few.

Or, if you’d like to rock the vintage look, the tradition of wearing your mother’s or other family member’s wedding dress can help you save money and conserve resources. But if mom’s dress just isn’t your style, you can work with a local dressmaker to repurpose the fabric into the perfect recycled dress for your big day.

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