Your wedding announcement or invitation can set the tone for your environmentally friendly wedding. There are many options today for 100% recycled, partially recycled or completely tree free papers from wedding invitation suppliers. If you are interested in making your own invitations, the choices are unlimitied. Consider all these places for paper on your wedding day:
- engagement announcements
- save the date cards
- shower invitations
- shower thank you notes
- wedding invitaitons
- ceremony programs
- place cards
- menu cards
- wedding announcements
- thank you notes
Here are the best places I've found for environmentally friendly wedding invitation options:
Bag Lady Designs (Dublin, Ireland) has fun unique illustrations all of which are made using recycled papers.
Earthly Affair (Atlanta, GA, USA) If your looking for something that is not your typical traditional design, Earthly Affairs has some wonderful choices. Choose from 12 different clean designs, each available in many different color combinations. Choose between either 100% post consumer paper or FSC Certified Cotton Paper.
Of the Earth (Auburn, WA, USA) has lovely handmade paper. These folks will let you completely customize their 100% recycled paper. You can pick your flower choices and most importantly the concentration of each floral ingredient. You can have your invitation printed right on the smooth side of the handmade paper or on a vellum overlay.
Forever Fiances carries a large line of invites created from recycled paper and from "plantable" paper. Lots of options if you are looking for an earthy charming look for your wedding. They even take payment with bitcoin!
Green Field Paper (San Diego, CA, USA) has Grow a Note cards which
are tree-free. The cards are embedded with a custom mix of wildflower seeds.
...you can just toss them in the ground when you are finished and a few months later- voila! --up pop flowers!! Green Field also has in a 100% Junk Mail paper and Garlic Paper infused with garlic skins.
Minted is a global community of independent graphic designers and an online store that prints and sells the best of their designs in the form of paper goods. I counted over 350 designs available on recycled paper. Definitey worth a look!
Paper Culture carries a large line of eco-friendly invites, thank you cards and save the dates. I like their clean, modern asthetic. Very classy.
Sweet Invitations (British Columbia, CA) Several collections of handmade invitations that are made from discarded and shredded cloth using petals, flowers, silk, grass, colors, glitters which are acid free and 100% recycled.
Tasha Rae Designs (Colorado, USA) specialize in custom designed invitations and have a wide variety of recycled papers to choose from. No charge for samples, however, Tasha suggests you donate a few bucks to your favorite charity instead!
Twisted Limb Paperworks (Bloomington, IN, USA) offers a large line of handmade 100% recycled post consumer waste invitations.
This is great company that walks the walk - at least half of their studio's energy is provided by green electricity, and water used in the papermaking process is recycled from the studio's dehumidifiers & air conditioner whenever possible. 10% of their profits are donated to environmental conservation efforts each year.