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Let Your Wedding Dress Help A Cause

By Fredrica Syren

When I got married, green weddings did not yet exist, at least not in a way I have heard about. If I were to get married again, for sure my entire wedding would be a different affair, with used, recycled and green alternatives.

Take my dress, for example: it was a very beautiful dress that cost a lot and, as many wedding dresses do, is now sitting in a box in my garage. I really don’t want to just throw away something that made me so happy for one day. So what can you do with your wedding dress after the bog day is over besides selling it? I was happy to hear that my dress could actually  help the environment, support the terminally ill, or help fight sex trafficking.  Sure selling your wedding dress to a new owner is a wonderful way to spread the love and continue the story of your dress, however these days some brides choose to donate their wedding dresses. And there are great places to do that.

Here is a list of organizations accepting wedding dresses as a donation that will help  their cause:

Brides Across America

This organization will take your dress to help a military bride’s dream come true.

Bridal Garden

Donations to The Bridal Garden are tax deductible. Best of all, you will feel the satisfaction of knowing your donation will benefit education for New York City’s disadvantaged children.

Adorned in Grace

This store in Portland accepts wedding gown donations for resale and proceeds go towards raising awareness and prevention of sex trafficking and at-risk youth in the city. I

Brides against breast cancer

Brides Against Breast Cancer (“BABC”) was originally started out of a charity that was founded in 1997. Since then BABC has helped thousands of women buy affordable pre-owned wedding dresses and in turn has donated millions to cancer-related charities.

 

Of course you can simply take your wedding dress to a local thrift shop and let it bring happiness to a new bride buying an old dress.

 

About Green Mom

Fredrica Syren, the author and founder of Green-Mom.com, was born in Sweden. Her mother was a classically trained chef who introduced her to many eclectic flavors and skills at a young age. Her mom’s passion for the outdoors and gardening planted the seed for her own love of nature and healthy eating. She received a degree in journalism and has worked as a print, Internet and broadcasting journalist for many years with big businesses within Europe and the United States. After her mom was diagnosed with terminal cancer and she with pre-cancer, Fredrica changed her career to become a full time yoga teacher and activist. A longtime world traveler, foodie and career woman, she was exposed to many facets of life, but nothing inspired her more than becoming a mom. After her first-born, Fredrica began a food blog focusing on local, seasonal, organic & vegetarian dishes. Years of food blogging developed into the cookbook Yummy in My Tummy, Healthy Cooking for the Whole Family. Upon the arrival of her second child, Fredrica founded Green-Mom.com. Her vision was to establish a site providing insight about gardening, home and personal care, baby & child, and of course food & nutrition. Green-Mom.com hosts many talented writers shedding light on ways to incorporate eco-friendly and nutritious practices for busy families. She is an advocate for organic, local and sustainable businesses. Fredrica hopes to inspire social change through her lifestyle, passion and business. Fredrica lives with her husband James Harker-Syren and their three children in San Diego, CA.

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2 comments

  1. Its OK to keep your dress stored for your children to recycle for their own marriage one day. My Mom hired her wedding dress-it was beautiful- and I would have loved to be able to use it for my own day. My sister-in- law had lace from her mothers dress added to her own and had the bulk of the fabric made into favour bags that were gorgeous.

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