With only four month until our wedding, planning is definitely in full swing, and I am trying to get more and more creative in order to keep our wedding as affordable and responsibly-sourced as possible.
for our three flower girls have been throwing me for a bit of a loop --
I didn't want to buy from a big-box-store dress because of the environmental and social/public health implications,
but I also needed to find three matching dresses (because apparently
you have to buy young sisters the same dress or they will fight over
them). And, of course, I'm on a budget.
This is where Etsy,
which continually impresses me with its potential for awesomeness,
comes in. I love that Etsy gives me access to artists and tradespeople
in my larger community that I wouldn't have necessarily found using
google or walking around my neighborhood. (They also have lots of
"vintage" -- read: "used" -- finds). I think that often times when we
need "stuff," it can feel like there are no other options aside from the
big-box-stores or Goodwill, but Etsy is just one of many awesome
alternative options for more responsibly sourced items.
a little searching, I found a woman in LA who will make three flower
girl dresses for us from a picture I sent her. And her price is more
affordable than the original retail price of the pictured dress. So I
saved money, supported a local tradeswoman, and did not support the
labor shipping practices that I feel strongly against. I'm going to go
ahead and call this a win.