The Conscious Bride
Hello there and welcome with big open arms our lovely new member of And so to Wed - The Conscious Bride. A company we're in love with because of the way they're making a difference to the world, simply by bringing brides ethical wedding dresses.
Ethics and sustainability in the wedding industry is something often overlooked or not considered at all. As we move forward in this industry, let's take a leaf out of The Conscious Bride's book and make those little changes to be greener, bringing our everyday values into weddings.
We can't wait for you to find out about this amazing brand and how their bridal boutique is about so much more than just the wedding dress itself...
Specialising in fairly made gowns The Conscious Bride brings you artfully crafted gowns handmade with love from around the world for the inspired woman.
Our Cheshire boutique is a modern bridal boutique where you are free to express your individuality. We have bubbles (or a cuppa!), fun tunes and a creative interior. We don't judge or preach and we love you to bring your family and friends. Your appointment is private and unique to you with a friendly and relaxed stylist.
I opened the boutique in April 2017. The Conscious Bride was born out of lack of transparency in the fashion and bridal industry. I wanted to create a bridal boutique that specialised in ethical business and really celebrated the artistry in the gowns.
How we differ and ethos
Our collections have a unique focus, I only working with designers that are close to the manufacturing process and care about the people that make the gowns. We aim to stock a varied collection of gowns in sustainable fabrics too.
I try to run the business sustainably and ethically. I am always learning and making changes but already do some of the simple changes like: always using responsibly sourced or 100% recycled paper and packaging, recycle, use natural cleaning products, the electricity is from 100% renewable sources and as the business grows a portion of the profits will be donated to projects that improve the lives of women across the world.
I complete a lot of research and ask a lot of questions of designers before buying any new collections. The designers must know and have control over their supply chain, produce their collections in their own atelier or a Fairtrade environment and we try to track down designers who consider their environmental impact too. Alongside all this they must be stylish, we want to show that fair fashion can be stylish too. Relaxed styles easy to wear, elegant and wonderful to dance the night away in!
A Bridal Revolution. Redefining the ‘perfect white dress’
During Fashion Revolution week we launched an ethical online wedding boutique offering fair trade wedding dresses.
In our bridal revolution, we want to help more women find stylish ethically made gowns without having to travel to our boutique so we have launched the e-boutique. Our e-boutique offers our Celia Grace fair trade and eco-friendly wedding dresses for home try on an online purchase for brides in the UK and EU, these gowns are not available anywhere else except the USA.
Brides will be able to book in their home try on like booking a boutique appointment, in the comfort of their own home they can try on the dresses with friends and family and a courier will deliver and collect them. If a bride finds the one she loves it can be ordered online and delivered to her home. Each beautiful gown is made to order.
"I am very busy and was worried about pressure from a bridal consultant and too many family members so trying on two dresses at home was perfect! It was easy and fun and low stress and my sister and I had a great time together."
Each Celia Grace wedding dress is made in a fair trade sewing community, where possible eco-friendly fabrics are used such as heirloom silks and natural dyes. For every dress sold a school uniform is donated to a child in Cambodia through Tailored for Education.
Buying wedding dresses online is becoming more popular as fashion conscious brides want access to a wide variety of styles from across the world. The Conscious Bride is creating a unique and special opportunity for ethical brides to purchase stylish wedding dresses alongside other gorgeous ethically made and eco-friendly wedding items including accessories, beauty products and wedding décor all in a one-stop shop. The collections will grow as we find more ethical suppliers to work with.
We are in conversations with other designers about offering more eco-friendly and ethical gowns online as well as developing a bridesmaid collection!
This June, July and August sign up to our newsletter and receive an exclusive 10% off the Celia Grace collection instore and online. (Sample sale stock excluded from offer, purchase must be made prior to August 31st 2018.)
Cathleen Jia trunk show 2nd – 9th June
Loulette Bride Trunk show 23rd June
We are Rewritten Bridesmaids trunk show 23rd June