Thursday, September 11, 2014

Eco-Friendly Wedding Invitation Ideas

There’s a lot of things going in the mind of the bride – wedding date, wedding gown, wedding invites, wedding catering, etc. Of all these though, invitations should not be much of a problem. For any ethical wedding, an eco-friendly invitation is a must. Here are some of the eco-friendliest ideas for the invitation.

1) Recycled paper

This is a no-brainer. You can gather unused papers at home and work. You can even ask your friends to give you some of theirs if it is okay with them. Surely, it will be. That is, if you want to make your own invitations. Aside from the papers, you only need to buy embellishments and a calligraphy pen.

Alternatively, you can buy recycled papers on your local supplies store or even online. There are lots of choices online, and you can even match the colors to the overall theme of the wedding. Again, that is, if you are going to DIY.

If not, pre-made recycled invites are also available. You can customize the invitations to be uniquely yours for a small fee. Some vendors don’t even require a customization fee. Some even include the envelope for the price of $1 per invite for flat, single colored invitations.

If you don’t want a pre-made invitation, most vendors have in-house designers. They will create digital proofs based on your requirements for you to approve. If you are happy with the proof, then you can place your order. Final approval comes next prior to printing.

Of course, it will be printed on recycled papers as per your instruction using equally green ink. An example is soy-based ink. While the ink takes a while to dry, the benefits are all worth it. For instance, soy-based ink releases only about 2 to 4% of volatile compounds.

If you are buying from an ethical shop, chances are, the ink that they are using are also environmentally-friendly. Better ask the provider to make sure.

2) Plantable papers

Plantable papers are embedded with native seeds which, obviously, can be planted. This is the current trend when it comes to green wedding as it is a unique way to let others know of your advocacy. It can also be a great remembrance of your wedding day.

Online shops that offer plantable wedding invitations are continuously growing in numbers. Some vendors sell on a per piece basis (as low as $5 per invite) and in bulk ($250 per 50 pieces). The price is for premium seed papers. Most vendors also include a plain envelope for bulk orders.

3) Paperless

In reducing your wedding footprint, you might as well create a digital wedding invite. Facebook is a good place for a temporary web page, but you may want to consider a wedding website of your own – one that concentrates on the event itself.

Here’s the good news. Online is a myriad of free website building tools. It may be in the form of a blog where you can document and publish wedding details as they progress.

Apart from being free, there are other perks of creating your very own wedding website. The site allows the to-be-weds like you to put everything in one place – galleries, registry, map, etc. You can also create a page as your digital invite that you can send or share directly to your friends’ email inbox. In this way, your friends can simply an RSVP confirmation email back.

It is with great honor, pride, excitement and anticipation to receive a wedding invitation. What more when it comes to receiving chic, rustic invitation that speaks volume of what you truly care about as a person? Evidently, eco-invites need not be expensive. Sometimes, the meaning behind the invites itself is more than enough; it’s priceless!

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