I'm getting married in September, and so far, my biggest planning decisions have been less about color schemes or hairstyles and more about how to responsibly source—and reduce the amount of—all that stuff required for our celebration. (I know...that sounds soooo Whole Living, but I can't help it. It's my job.)
Anyway, my first big dilemma has been how to handle the invitations. Though I am serious about being eco-friendly, I'm not so hardcore that I don't drool over gorgeous stationery—especially when it is announcing a special event. I briefly entertained the thought of an e-mail invite, but after picking Mindy's brain about tree-free papers, I was relieved to have some viable, snail-mailable alternatives.
After much research (check out the options I weighed in the slideshow below), I settled on the fun, rustic design that suits our Catskill mountain setting from San Francisco-based Hello!Lucky. The paper is 100% cotton that includes remnants from the textile industry (fun fact: cotton paper can be recycled more times than paper from trees because the fibers are longer), but recycled and hemp papers are also offered. Our letterpress save the dates and invitations were printed on a 1950s Heidelberg windmill, and the details and RSVP cards were digitally printed using a low-emission ink.
We chose an RSVP postcard to cut out an extra envelope, and we set up a wedding website in case folks preferred to follow up electronically. Also—this is where I might have gone a little overboard—I found a shop on Etsy that sells customized return-address stamps made out of recycled materials. It has enough water-based ink for 10,000 uses and is refillable. (Clearly, we can never move.)
I know these decisions aren't changing the world, but they have given my old-fashioned paper-loving brain some green peace of mind...or at least enough of it to move along to the next hurdle.
Stay tuned, and in the meantime, I'd love to hear from fellow eco-minded brides out there. Any tricks or troubles related to planning that big day that you'd like to share?