(Madeleine by Claire Pettibone on Once Wed)

If you’re like most brides, your wedding gown is probably a huge part of having your dream wedding. You don’t have to sew yourself a burlap dress to take the environment into consideration when choosing a wedding gown. Consider buying a used gown, renting a gown, or borrowing a gown! This cuts down on production materials, transportation costs (if you’re getting it locally) and you may even be able to get more dress for your money!

Obviously you don’t want to walk down the aisle in a gown everyone will recognize as your Matron of honors hand-me-down, but put the word out that you’re looking—you may find a friend-of-a-friend, coworker or family friend that has a beautiful gowns they’re willing to let go of!

Looking for something specific? Check out Once Wed, an amazing online resource for brides to buy and sell once-worn designer gowns, or even gowns that are new with tags!

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