The environment may not always be top of mind for busy brides. In the past, eco alternatives weren’t as aesthetically pleasing as the designer images in bridal magazines. Today, however, brides can come across a plethora of chic options that are 100% environmentally friendly. What’s more, some of these options come with an affordable price tag perfect for thrifty brides. Join us in this mini-series as we take a look at the many ways brides can green their wedding on a budget.
It all begins with a ring
I realize the ring isn’t traditionally the bride’s choice, but grooms-to-be should be as conscious of the earth as their better halves. As shiny and pretty as they are, a girl’s best friend can have detrimental effects on the environment and, in some cases, human rights as well. Be sure to look for companies that are socially and environmentally responsible. Here are some options that are both gorgeous and affordable!
Brilliant Earth is a supplier of conflict free diamond jewellery. Their diamonds come from Canada and Namibia from mines that adhere to strict environmental and labour standards. And the rings are pretty amazing, too.
18K White Gold Cascade Ring
18K White Gold Starla Ring
Another eco option for an engagement ring is to purchase a pre-loved diamond from an antique shop. This may require a bit of searching but it can definitely be worth the effort. Cynthia Findlay Antiques is a shop in Toronto that has a ton of options when it comes to engagement rings.
Antique Aquamarine Ring
Art Deco Diamond Ring
So do the earth a favour and start your wedding planning process on the right foot by donning your left finger with a fabulous eco ring (don't skip on the sparkle!)