Wedding invitations seem in innocuous enough. Sure they are often made of paper and require postage but the postie is doing his round anyway right? Well maybe they aren’t as guilt free as you imagine. If you send out save the dates, invitations and RSVP cards you are creating three lots of carbon footprints. Also if you use regular paper for the invitations you will be helping to cut down trees. However donn’t panic we are here to tell you how to find the best eco friendly wedding invitations! Especially invitations of the rustic persuasion.
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Maybe don't give out save the dates
If you still want to do paper rustic wedding invitations why not consider giving out your invitations earlier and not bothering with save the dates. Again this will save you money on buying invitations and it cuts down on the amount of travel your invitations will do. Also you can always send out save the dates via email or social media if you need to give people longer to plan for your wedding.
Hand deliver your eco friendly invitations
If you still want to do paper invitations why not consider giving out your invitations earlier or not bothering with save the date cards. Again this will save you money on buying invitations but also it will cut down on the amount of travel your invitations will do. Also you can always send out save the dates via email or create a facebook group if you need to give people longer to plan for your wedding.
Maybe consider an E-vite
They might not be as romantic but why not consider sending out E-vites. You can create a email account dedicated to your wedding and send your eco friendly wedding invitations out through there. Also make sure you request RSVP’s through this email too so everything is in one place. Once you have the email you can send out the invitations. These invitations can be as simple as a regular email with a picture at the bottom or you can send invitations out as an attachment. You could get these professionally made by companies like Green Envelope or you could design your own rustic wedding invitations on Canva. This is a lot easier than it sounds as Canva has heaps of templates to choose from that just need the text updating.
Use a wedding website to send out your eco friendly wedding invitations
An extension of e-vite wedding invitation option is signing up for your very own wedding website. These websites can make your wedding planning a lot easier. Also, they can help you send out e-vites, collect your guests RSVP’s, create your gift registry and your day planner. All of this is completed online cutting down on the miles your invitations will travel. Some great companies to check out if you are interested in this option are Joy or Zankyou,.
Eco friendly wedding invitations made out of recycled paper
If you really want ecio friendly wedding invitations made out of paper then finding a designer that uses recycled paper is really the way to go. Luckily this is not really that hard as lots of designers and shops are becoming more aware of the market for eco products. This means it is super easy to find beautiful wedding invitations that are also eco now. Also recycled paper looks super rustic! For some great rustic wedding invitations made out of recycled paper check out Etsy or Paper Tree.
Send seed paper invitations
Consider the ink
The inks we are probably most used to using can emit volatile organic compounds (VOC) and they contain heavy metals which pollute the soil if they go to landfill. To make sure your rustic wedding invitations are really eco friendly you will need to consider the ink you use. Luckily this doesn’t need to be too hard as there are lots of eco ink options now. If you are printing your own eco friendly wedding invitations make sure to find sustainable ink that is vegetable based and if you are going to a designer check what the ink they use is like.
DIY eco friendly wedding invitations
Another option is to make your own eco friendly wedding invitations. To make your own invitations you can purchase recycled paper from Etsy or seed paper and use a stamp set to create the text on each invite. Or you could buy a wedding invitation template from Etsy to print at home. For embellishments you could check out Conscious Crafts or Hobby Craft. Or you could always make your own by pressing leaves and flowers (if you have time).
Did you choose to go with eco friendly wedding invitations? Let us know how your wedding invitation search goes and if you need more information on planning a green wedding check out our guide to planning a low waste wedding.
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