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The Bride Wore Green

These resources make it easy to plan a wedding that reflects your eco values.
The Bride Wore Green
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The following websites offer invitation design, and they print on eco-friendly paper: Pulp & Circumstance (; Green Field Paper Company (; Plantable Papers by Bloom (; Botanical Paperworks (; and Smock (, a new letterpress company that prints on bamboo.


You can also ask your favorite invite company if they offer recycled paper—companies like Hello!Lucky ( and Paper Source ( have options for green-minded couples.

Or try, an e-mail and web-based invitation service from the creators of Friendster. Make an invite using the site’s templates and send it to guests’ e-mail accounts; they can get details and RSVP online.

Companies like The Knot ( or eWedding ( let you set up personalized wedding websites.

Wedding Gowns

To track down previously owned dresses, try or

The Bridal Garden ( is a New York City bridal consignment shop that offers donated couture and designer bridal gowns at up to 75 percent off the original price. The not-for-profit shop donates proceeds to children’s charities.

Encore Bridal ( accepts new and gently used dresses on consignment and donates a portion of each sale to charities that support cervical cancer education and research.

Designer Anna Mkhitarian ( makes custom gowns out of recycled fabrics and often has a client bring pieces of her mother’s dress or a strand of her grandmother’s pearls to be used as embellishment.

Threadhead Creations ( sells ready-to-wear dresses made from eco fabrics like hemp, starting at $475. And has hemp wedding gowns starting at $350. Deborah Lindquist ( offers a line of edgy bustier dresses (her two-piece vintage lace gown is shown here) made from hemp, silk, and vintage fabrics, starting at $875.