Monday, March 24, 2008

A Wedding Gown to Save the World

Ceremonies to celebrate and initiate the commitment of marriage have changed over the centuries, just like the people who participate in them. In our consumption-focused Western world (with the rest of the planet running hard to catch up with our spending frenzies), wedding ceremonies have become lavish, resource-intensive affairs. From the carbon emissions that come from getting everyone (including, it seems, even your mom's high school ex-boyfriend's sister) to the wedding, to the pesticide footprint of the hundreds of flower decorations, a wedding - meant to be a moment of intimacy and celebration - can turn into an "eco-debacle" that would embarrasses the most casual of environmentalists.

There are many things a person can do to reduce their wedding's impact. If you are in the DC area, there is an event coming up that will help you make your wedding just a tad bit more environmentally pleasant. The Goodwill of Greater Washington will be selling hundreds of designer and vintage gowns, some never worn before (donated - and saved from the landfill- by a leading bridal store), some as gently used as, well, one short walk down the aisle. They will all be less than $400, and many less than $125. Here is some info:

What: Wedding Gown Sale Extravaganza
March 30th, 12-4 (or until the last gown is sold)

Wheaton Plaza
(more details below)

Check out these sites for some additional ideas on a greener wedding: - Praised by Martha Stewart as the web's best green wedding site (the dresses here are amazing)
"How Green if My Wedding?" (NYT Article)
Treehugger's Guide on Greening Your Wedding
Sierra Club's Guide to A Green Wedding
"Hottest Wedding Trend is Going Green" by

More info about Goodwill event . . .

“Filene’s Running of the Brides”? Goodwill Can Do One Better!

Goodwill to Hold Very Low Cost Once-a-Year Bridal Sale
of New and Donated Gowns

Washington, DC – Every year hundreds of brides-to-be descend on Filene’s Basement for its annual “Running of the Brides” big bridal sale featuring discounted bridal gowns. Well Goodwill Retail Stores can do one better. Goodwill will be offering a big bridal sale of its own featuring hundreds of donated wedding and bridesmaids’ gowns at rock bottom prices far below even what Filenes charges; and all proceeds benefit Goodwill’s job training programs for the disadvantaged and disabled.

The Once-a-Year Goodwill Bridal Sale will take place on Sunday, March 30th from noon – 4PM, or until the last gown is sold; in an empty store front inside Westfield Wheaton (formerly known as Wheaton Plaza) in Wheaton, MD.

Over 200 gowns of all shapes and sizes have been donated to Goodwill. These gowns have been cleaned by Zips Dry Cleaners and will be available for sale to any bride-to-be looking for a very inexpensive, quality dress. Prices will range from $400 to less than $125.

Some tuxedos and men’s suits will also be on sale.

“We expect hundreds of future brides to attend this sale looking for great bargains, and we’re certain that every shopper will find one”, says Brendan Hurley, VP of Marketing & Communications for Goodwill of Greater Washington. “These gowns are in excellent condition and the prices are much more affordable than even Filene’s can offer. Plus every sale helps fund Goodwill’s job training programs for the disadvantaged and disabled. Everyone wins!”

The doors for the inaugural Once-a-Year Goodwill Bridal Sale will open at noon on Sunday, March 30th. The store front is located on the lower level, near entrance 1, next to the Ashley Stewart store.

For additional information, visit


DC Goodwill Fashionista said...

Woohoo! It's gonna be awesome and thanks for the mention.

Three words of advice: Get. There. Early. -the dcgf

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