Invitations are a huge part of your wedding process because they are the first public step towards your big day after the engagement. Your invitations set the tone for what’s to come and get your guests excited. But invitations can often come at a cost to the environment. All the paper goods are so pretty, but not always earth-friendly. If you’re looking for ways to make your wedding a little greener, here are 5 ideas for earth-friendly wedding invitations.
Say no to paper
Opt out of using paper all together. Digital save the dates are becoming more commonplace as people try to reduce the impact of their wedding day. You can have beautiful electronic save the dates that match your color palette and wedding aesthetic. Save the splurge on paper for your invitation suite only.
Minimize your paper usage
You may not want to write off paper invitations completely. In that case, request any follow up communication with your guests electronically. RSVP’s via email or to a wedding website are starting to be on trend. You save on the additional envelope and RSVP card too!
Try to use less paper. Include multiple pieces of information on a single sheet. Similarly, you can forgo the inner envelope for one less paper good. Consult with your graphic designer and your stationery company for ways to use less paper without compromising on luxury. You may even be able to include details on designs made from materials other than paper! See what paper alternatives they offer that are a bit more earth-friendly.
Ensure your paper and paper supplier are earth-friendly
Choose recycled paper for your paper goods. You don’t have to opt out of stationery altogether because many companies have recycled options that are just as beautiful and high end! In addition to recycled paper and lush cotton papers, you can forage for natural accents and details that don’t come from a store. Add a personal touch to your invitations with an embellishment found on the ground in your own backyard! No two invitation will be exactly alike and that makes them that much more special.
Finally, research the paper companies. Choose a supplier that strives to be green. No one today will likely be perfect, but strides and company values matter. Ask your wedding planner if they know of any reputable, environmentally conscious businesses. Visit paper company websites for information about their mission and shop as responsibly as you can!
There are many ways to reduce your wedding’s environmental impact without compromising on luxury. Earth-friendly wedding invitations are great place to start! We have an in-house artisan paperie, Richard’s Notebook, available for our planning clients. Ask us ways you can be more green in your decision making. And for even more tips on how to have a greener wedding, click here.