Invitation to a Recycling
October 27, 2009
I’m not going to dwell, but I apologize for already not sticking to my Thursday schedule. I’ll do my best this week.
But I realized I promised in a post awhile ago to write about our invitations. We kept things pretty simple; we wanted the invites to be fairly cheap, made of recycled paper with as high a post-consumer percentage as possible, and without all the many inserts called for by tradition and paper companies.
First, my dream invites: Earthly Affair Fresh. I actually love all of the Earthly Affair creations, and their commitment to making the entire process (from production to shipping) as eco-friendly as possible. Beautiful and thoughtful! And founder Jennifer Stambolsky runs my absolute favorite wedding blog, full of gorgeous pictures and ideas and products that are often useful no matter where you are in life . Unfortunately, while they are by no means expensive in the world of wedding invitations, they were outside our budget for the number we needed to buy. But I’m definitely keeping them in the back of my mind!
What we decided to go with: Invitations by Dawn Delicate Beauty. These invitations are made with 100% post-consumer recycled paper, and fit the budget and our color scheme. And we could order exactly what we wanted: invitations, envelopes, RSVP cards, response envelopes, and thank yous, sent in recycled packaging in a well-packed box. We got exactly what we wanted as far as requirements go (a girl can still dream of soy-based ink and carbon-offset shipping!). I also did an online coupon search (can’t stress how often you save quite a bit of money doing this!), making it even cheaper.
So I suggest, as you attempt to find the invitations were meant for you, to just keep your eyes out. Almost all of the large invitation sellers we looked at had some recycled paper options. Consumer demand is a powerful thing! And you can always do a little homework, looking at reviews (you’d probably do that any way) and “about” pages to make sure everything, as in company policies and philosophies, matches with what you want. And if it doesn’t, keep looking! There’s an awful lot of options out there.
And you’ve probably already heard the advice that’s in every green wedding planner book/blog/whatever to keep the paper to an absolute minimum; don’t bother with all the inserts. Use e-mail and websites (and phone calls to grandparents) to send out directions, no need to print those. We also let people know that RSVPing by e-mail or phone was completely acceptable (just be sure to recycle the cards!), in a tiny effort to reduce stamp waste (both stamps and the paper backing) and transportation.
Bonus link: my friend Alison’s save the dates, which were absolutely stunning (so much so that I just spent 45 minutes trying to find them again because IT’S WORTH IT).
p.s. today’s post title (perhaps obviously) comes from Nabokov’s “Invitation to a Beheading.” Which I read right before my wedding. Whoo, happy thoughts? I never did find an appropriate wedding reading in Nabokov’s work…