Couples are becoming savvy when it comes to wedding invites, and realizing how wasteful and time-consuming the creation of invitations is. Minimizing the amount of paper (and work) involved in wedding stationery has become the way forward lately. Here are some suggestions on how to send out fabulous (yet ‘responsible’) and eco-friendly wedding invitations.
Photo Source: Vinati’s Paper
- Use eco-friendly paper
There is a large variety of eco-friendly recycled paper to choose from for your stationery. Use handmade paper for a more natural, earthy texture, or use machine-made recycled paper if you prefer a smooth, clean look.
The recycled and handmade papers that we use are mainly manufactured by local producers in villages in India. This paper is eco-friendly, as it is produced mainly by recycling waste materials such as cotton rags and waste paper. Some papers are also made from regenerating plants’ bark. Other natural fibres like jute, straw, banana, husk, flower petals, silk, wool and herbs are then blended with the primary fibres for a decorative effect. We enjoy working with the different textures of these natural papers and feel it lends an unusual effect to wedding stationery.
- Reduce the number of separate inserts
Have one comprehensive information card that provides complete details of directions, maps, places to stay, dress code, gift lists and other additional information, which might be useful for guests. This helps to conserve paper. Alternatively, a lot of couples getting married nowadays choose to have a wedding website. Additional information can be provided via this medium to reduce the number of inserts used.
- Order a few spare invites and envelopes
Photo Source: Paper Boats Photography
Always order extra invites, perhaps without a ‘reply by’ date for those you may need to send cards to a bit later. This will help save energy in reprinting a few additional cards and will also save you the hassle of reordering additional invites later at a higher cost.
- Encourage people to send replies via email
If you must send reply cards, then make them post-card style (without an envelope) – another way to conserve paper. You can then include an email address on the invite to which people can send their RSVPs.
- Design Thank You cards for use as personal stationery
When you order your wedding Thank You cards, opt for a neutral design. These can also be used later as your personal stationery. That way even the spares won’t get wasted.
Submitted by: Vinati’s Paper
Vinati’s Paper is a leading socially conscious enterprise, promoting exquisitely designed recycled and handmade paper based bespoke wedding stationery, at affordable prices. It provides invitations, save the date cards, reply cards, information inserts, name cards, orders of service, RSVP cards, menu covers and thank you notes, all eco-friendly. It aims to inspire couples to consider green weddings and promote fairtrade.