Fair Trade Wedding

Ethical Wedding Planning Guide​

 

I remember waiting for my wedding dress to be shipped from Asia, having no idea at the time that it was probably being finished in a sweatshop.  If you are busy planning your big day, but keep tripping up on ethical considerations, there is good news.  Look below to find many great links and ideas for planning a fair trade wedding, a socially conscious wedding and a wedding that gives back.

Samros Bridal Fair Trade Wedding Dress.
Samros Bridal

“The only bridal line that pairs a life-changing story with each handcrafted gown for the standout bride who wants to make the most impact with her choice."

They sell gorgeous, fair trade wedding dresses, handcrafted in Cambodia.

Nightlight Design White Pearl Three Strand Necklace. Ethically-made in freedom. https://store.nightlightinternational.com/product_p/p002n.htm
Nightlight Design

"Made in freedom" by women in Thailand discovering dignified employment through Nightlight International. Their gorgeous three-strand, freshwater pearl necklace would look beautiful on any bride.

Prices: $95

Amani Ya Juu wedding gfts. Fair trade wedding gift registry. https://amaniafrica.org/apps/giftregistry
Amani Ya Juu

"A social economic enterprise committed to peace and reconciliation for African women." They offer a fair trade wedding gift registry for all their gorgeous African home and kitchen goods. 

Ten Thousand Villages wedding goblets. Fair trade wedding gifts. https://www.tenthousandvillages.com/the-newlyweds
Ten Thousand Villages

"The original fair trader," started in 1946!

They offer beautiful fair trade wedding products and gifts, bridal shower gifts and cards, gifts for the groomsmen and the bridesmaids and a wedding gift registry.

Amma's Umma Anabelle swing dress. Made in USA. https://ammasumma.com/collections/dresses
Amma's Umma

"An ethical boutique that gives back to adoptions." They offer beautiful formal women's dresses and gorgeous earrings, perfect for a special occasion.

Sizes: XS - XL

Prices: $45 - $95

RIse and Empower formal dress. Ethical fashion.
Rise & Empower

"Empowering women in Haiti through job creation, ethical fashion and thoughtful design." They offer beautiful formal black and mocha dresses, which would look great at a wedding.

Sizes: S - XL

Prices: $60 - $75

Eternal Threads handmade paper cards with pressed flowers. Fair trade. https://eternalthreads.org/product-category/gifts/page/3/
Eternal Threads

“'Weaving hope and justice' to improve the lives of women and children who are at risk from extreme poverty and trafficking." Their delicate handmade, pressed flower cards would make unique bridal shower or wedding invitations.

 

Prices: $2 - $3.50

Simple Switch Coffee Samplers Wedding Fa
Simple Switch

They believe "it should be EASY to make a positive global impact with your every day purchases and gifts."  They offer  custom cuff links for the groom and coffee wedding favors for the guests.

Prices: $24 - $25

The Village Country Store painted candles.  Fair trade and hand painted in South Africa. https://www.thevillagecountrystore.com/search?type=product&q=tall*+candles*
The Village Country Store

They offer fair trade candles, beautifully hand-painted in South Africa and available in a multitude of colors to give your wedding a little African flair.

(Use the code: ShopWithLeeAnne for 10% off your entire order.)

Prices: $15 - $20

Symbology Fair Trade Wedding Dress.
Symbology

They "merge artisanal fabric techniques with fashion forward designs that give... customers a one-of-a-kind item that connects women in a global community."

They offer beautiful fair trade wedding dresses.

Sizes: XS - XXL

Prices: $180 - $598

Amani Ya Juu Logo. Fair Trade.
Amani Ya Juu

Visit Amani Ya Juu's Pinterest board for lots of fair trade wedding links.

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Formal Wear

Visit our guide to

Ethical Formal Wear

to find more formal wear for the wedding party and guests.

Rosie's Boutique Haiti Forever and Always handmade wedding card.
Rosie's Boutique

“Rosie's exists to promote job creation, Haitian goods, the companies and people behind the goods."

Their hand-embroidered wedding card sets would be perfect for wedding gifts or engagement announcements.

Prices: $10

The Root Collective Shoes. Ethically made slow fashion. https://therootcollective.com/collections
The Root Collective

"Partners with artisans in Guatemala to produce handcrafted shoes.” They offer a large selection of beautifully and ethically made women's dress shoes.​for the big day.

Sizes 5 - 10

Prices: $98 - $118

Trades of Hope Eternal Pearl Jewelry Set.
Trades of Hope

Sells products made by women whose "story has changed from pain and struggle to a story of hope!" Their beautiful freshwater pearl jewelry, would be perfect for a bride.

Prices: $38 - $42

Land of a Thousand Hills Coffee Favor Bags.
Land of a Thousand Hills

Their mission is "to craft beautiful coffee, create purposeful work, and cultivate flourishing communities." Their delicious coffee is available in small "welcome" bags, perfect for wedding favors.

Askinosie Itty Bitty Chocolate Bar Favors. Direct trade, award winning chocolate. https://www.askinosie.com/itty-bar-box.html
Askinosie Chocolate

They trade directly with cocoa farmers, building relationships and paying higher than fair trade prices for their quality beans. Their award-winning, direct trade chocolate, comes in "itty bitty bars", perfect for wedding favors.

Give Back Good Recycled Etched Glass Heart Plates
Give Back Goods

"Create a positive impact in the world with each purchase." They sell beautiful etched glass heart plates, perfect for a reception as well as lots of other serve ware and wedding gifts that give back.

Prices: $30 - $345

Elegantees bridesmaid dress. Ethically made in Nepal by survivors of sex trafficking. https://elegantees.com/search?type=product&q=dress
Elegantees

Provides hope "to survivors of sex trafficking in Nepal." 

They sell truly elegant women's dresses

perfect for bridesmaids or wedding guests.

Sizes: XS - XL 

Prices: $56 - $84

Women of Hope Guatemala Monica Bridesmaid Necklaces.
Women of Hope

"Weaving together business and discipleship" for women in Guatemala. They sell gorgeous bridesmaid necklaces and "Our 1st Christmas" ornaments for the bride and groom.

Prices: $12 - $20

Starfish Project Abigail earrings. https://starfishproject.com/shop/box-size/large-turquoise/abigail-earrings/
Starfish Project

"Restores hope to women escaping human trafficking and exploitation in Asia."

They sell beautiful earrings, designed for the wedding day.

Prices: $80

Ten Thousand Villages Socially Conscious Wedding Guide. http://www.tenthousandvillages.com/mosaic/7-ways-to-plan-a-socially-conscious-wedding/
Ten Thousand Villages

For more ethical wedding planning ideas, check out 

"7 Ways to Plan a Socially Conscious Wedding"

from The Mosaic Blog.

Ethical Wedding Planning Guide. Change the World by How You Shop.
Still Looking?

For more places to find ethical wedding products and ideas, such as wedding dresses, tuxedos, engagement rings and more, scroll down to the bottom of the page.

Ethical Shopping Guide to World Changing Travel Gear. www.changetheworldbyhowyoushop/travel
Honeymoon

If you are also planning your honeymoon, check out our guide to

World Changing Travel Gear.

Made Trade Symbology Ethically Made Wedding Dress.
Made Trade

"Goods sourced ethically, traded fairly, and selected artfully.”

They offer ethically-made wedding dresses and formal wear, perfect for brides and bridesmaids.

Prices: $75 - $598

Imagine Goods women's formal dress. Ethically-made slow fashion. https://imaginegoods.com/collections/womens
Imagine Goods

Partners "with vulnerable and marginalized people around the world to make products.” They sell classy women's formal dresses as well as men's oxford shirts and neckties, great for the wedding party or guests.

Sizes XS - XL

Prices: $36 - $64

Vickery Trading Co girls maxi dress. Made in the USA by refugee women.
Vickery Trading Co.

Offers clothing sewn by refugees starting a new life in Dallas, Texas. Their beautiful girls dresses are made in the USA and would be perfect for flower girls.

Sizes: 18 mos - 12Y

Prices: $44 - $59

Bought Beautifully candle holders. Hand carved wood.
Bought Beautifully

“Purchase a product--transform a life.” They offer gorgeous candlestick holders,

hand carved in India, that would look beautiful holding the wedding candles.

Prices: $10

Serrv Fair Trade Wedding Gift Registry. https://www.serrv.org/wishlist_search
Serrv

"A nonprofit, fair trade organization dedicated to lifting disadvantaged artisans, farmers, and their families out of poverty." They offer a wedding gift registry for their huge selection of high-quality, fair trade home goods.

Adored Boutique red wrap dress. https://www.adoredboutique.com/collections/dresses
Adored Boutique

Each customer can 

"celebrate the impact her purchase will make on another woman's life." They offer ethically-made formal women's dresses

Sizes XS - XL

Prices: $45 - $95

31 Bits Harmony Earrings. Ethically made. https://31bits.com/collections/earrings
31 Bits

Sells products handmade by women rising out of poverty in Uganda and Indonesia.

They sell beautiful earrings which would look great on your big day.

Prices: $22 - $48

Purpose Jewelry Premier Gold Plated Bracelet Set. https://www.purposejewelry.org/collections/premier-collection
Purpose Jewelry

“"Beautifully crafted by young women rescued from human trafficking."

Their premier line of jewelry comes plated in 14K gold and would be beautiful for the bride or as gifts for mothers or bridesmaids.

Prices: $41 - $81

Shop With a Mission wedding jewelry roll. Fair trade. https://shopwithamission.com/products/jewelry-roll-cocoon-lg
Shop With a Mission

On a mission “to equip and assist people in developing countries to break the cycle of poverty through their handiwork and creativity."

They sell gorgeous fair trade lacy jewelry rolls, perfect for a special place to keep your wedding jewelry.

Prices: $20

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The Honest Consumer

Also check out

The Honest Consumer Blog for resources, ideas and support for planning a sustainable wedding that gives back.

Wedding Gifts that Give Back: A Shopping Guide from Change the World by How You Shop.
Wedding Gifts

Go to our guide to

Wedding Gifts that Give Back

if you are attending the wedding, or looking for items to add to your wedding wish list.

STILL LOOKING?

For fair trade wedding dresses, check out:

Celia Grace

Yana Dee

(Custom-made and organic wedding dresses, bridesmaid dresses and flower girl dresses, made in Michigan.)

Nativa

(Custom-made, fair trade wedding dresses, bridal dresses, cummerbands, bow ties and more.)

The Good Trade: "15 Sustainable & Eco-Friendly Wedding Dresses"

For ethical men's formal wear, including suits and tuxedos, check out these brands:

Brave GentleMan

Sene Studio

 

Taylor Stitch

 

High and Mighty

Ledbury

Hart Schaffner Marx

Brooks Brothers

Joseph Abboud

Jack Victor

For planning a Filipino wedding, check out:

Sinta & Co.

(Wedding accessories ethically handcrafted in the Philippines, plus resources for planning a Filipino wedding.)

For ethical engagement rings, check out:

The Honest Consumer: "Ethical, Eco-Friendly Engagement Rings That Give Back"

For wedding favors that give back, check out:

Fields of Hope

Earth Heir

For a wedding that gives back, check out:

More Than Lovely

For ethical and fair trade wedding registries, check out:

Ten Thousand Villages

Serrv

Amani Ya Juu

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