As ecologically aware weddings become more and more popular, products for grooms are starting to surface. It’s been a slow progression— for some reason the wedding planning universe tends to be rather bride-centric— but as couples orchestrate their eco-friendly affairs, grooms are getting noticed. There are some wedding elements that translate well from bride to groom, like floral boutonnieres and organic fabrics. Others are particular— like cufflinks and mustache wax (in most cases anyway). A discerning eco-conscious groom can find many great organic, recycled, or repurposed items to flush out his look. Here are a few ideas.
Antique and Vintage
Antique and vintage accessories are always eco-friendly. Think of it as recycling or repurposing— breathing new life into a classic! If you’re having a vintage wedding (this is an increasingly common theme) consider researching period specific accessories like top hats, collars, shoes, and cufflinks. If you’re vintage aspirations are more general, just shop around. You may be surprised by the great dapper accoutrements you’ll find in your neighborhood boutique. Don’t be afraid to think outside the box either. A cool pair of vintage spectacles could look incredible with your pinstripes. Just pop out the lenses! The look will still be complete and you won’t have any reflective glare in your photographs.
These boutonnieres are made from locally grown blooms. The same rules apply to boutonnieres that apply to bouquets and flower arrangements. Look for sustainable flowers or plants. Collect your own wildflowers and wrap the stems in organic twine or cotton ribbon. Or use non-traditional materials like twigs, berries, or moss to create yourown forest-friendly creations. If you’re working with an organic, sustainable florist, he will be able to create custom boutonnieres that match the rest of your wedding flowers.
Cufflinks Made from Vintage or Recycled Materials
These cufflinks are made from found wood, from a downed spruce tree branch. They’re simple, elegant and make a clear eco-statement. Etsy is full of great cufflinks made from recycled and repurposed materials— from old Los Angeles maps to recycled cork to typewriter keys. Cufflinks are a great way to add a personal touch to your formal attire. If you love music, try these recycled glass piano cufflinks. If you’re a steampunk aficionado, try these incredible cufflinks made from vintage watch gears. They’re brass and chrome and the watch gears actually move! These are really spectacular vintage creations.
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