Eco-Friendly Wedding Series No. 2: Eco-Friendly Wedding Invitations and Paper Products

| 6/29/2010 12:39:46 PM

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If you’ve ever attended a wedding with decorations of hundreds of white roses, a stretch limousine or fancy golden invitations, you know that some American weddings are elaborate productions. Even far more modest events often include a staggering array of accoutrements.

I explored the benefits (and how-to) of eco-friendly engagement and wedding rings in the first part of this series, Green Engagement Rings and Green Wedding Rings. In this second blog, I’ll delve into the world of wedding paper. From save-the-dates and invitations to thank-you cards and marriage announcements, the paper involved in your big day can pile up quickly. But chin up — there are environmentally sustainable options.

Eco-Friendly Wedding Invitations and Recycled Paper Products 

Challenge: The amount of paper involved in a wedding from start to finish can be incredible. It starts with save-the-date letters or postcards followed by fancy invitations with R.S.V.P. cards and envelopes. Next come flip-book programs and menu cards. When the wedding is over, the arduous task of sending out thank-you cards and marriage announcements begins. All of that paper for one event, yet who, other than you, is going to save even a scrap of it?

Woman writingSolution: First, figure out whether you really need paper for each of those elements, or if you even need to include some of those elements at all. Here are some paper elements you can likely do without:

Save-the-date cards. The idea of save-the-dates is a little bit goofy when you stop to think about it. If you were having a birthday party, would you send out a pre-invitation and then a real invitation? Of course not. Why should your wedding be any different? If you’re worried about informing your guests of your wedding date early, a simple phone call will suffice. If you have 300 guests, send out a mass e-mail (you can even create a cute online invitation — services such as evite offer numerous beautiful options if a regular e-mail is too plain for your taste).

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