This post was written by Cayla Mackey, CEO and cofounder of Unicorn Goods, the world’s largest ethical vegan catalog.
Your wedding day should reflect your values and set the tone for your relationship, and there’s no better way to do that than to make your ceremony and reception 100 percent animal-free. So it’s lucky that throwing a vegan wedding is easier than it’s ever been: From fair-trade and recycled luxury wedding dresses to cruelty-free makeup, we’ve got you covered for the best vegan wedding picks from Unicorn Goods.
For the bride and groom, finding vegan catering can be as easy as finding something to wear. We love the wedding-worthy vegan men’s dress shoes by Brave GentleMan, a high-end vegan mens’ wear line run by vegan Joshua Katcher. For women, we love Reformation, which makes great vegan options for wedding gowns and bridesmaid dresses, all from repurposed, surplus fabrics in small runs.
As for cruelty-free makeup, we love the vegan options from 100% Pure. They’re part of PETA’s Beauty Without Bunnies program and use organic ingredients, such as fruit-based pigments. 100% Pure has a wide selection of face, cheek, eye, lip, and nail colors in natural tones. You’re going to want a muted palate to make those wedding photos timeless and sheer coverage to let your natural glow come through. And adding natural, subtle highlight pigments will help your best features pop—so that even grandma in the back row can see how pretty you are. We’ve picked our favorite items to help you strike the perfect balance between just-done-up-enough and I-always-look-like-this.
Here are some more tips for throwing a vegan wedding:
Remember that this is your day, so don’t be afraid to do things your way. If your family and friends aren’t vegan, maybe you’re nervous about serving only vegan food. But this is your party, and it’s an awesome opportunity to show your loved ones just how fun and bountiful a vegan lifestyle can be.
If you’d like to, you can ask your guests not to wear or bring any animal products. Feel free to direct them to Unicorn Goods for clothing that’s 100 percent vegan.
Make sure that your wedding registry is vegan. Unicorn Goods will create a custom collection for you to share with your guests. Just e-mail the company through its website to make this request.