This month’s Ethical Bride post is all about the wedding stationery. I have always had a soft spot for anything stationery related – from those early days deciding which pencil case to go back to school with, to funky uni notepad days and even now I have to get my pretty paper diary fix! So when planning my own wedding I was in stationery heaven. We decided to make our own invitations to save costs and also to try and be a bit more sustainable as we knew where all of our recycled paper, card and envelopes came from and we also wanted to get crafty! But even if handmade isn’t for you, we have plenty of ideas to help you on your way to finding sustainable wedding stationery.
Please note – we don’t expect people to follow every single one of these guidelines, and understand we can’t make every single thing in our lives ethical (unless we live in a hole in the woods, probably naked and eating leaves?) but maybe, just maybe by supporting one of these ideas, we could help the world a little bit at a time. Here’s how:
one. paper free – for 100% eco points ditch the paper invites all together and use online invitations. For ultimate money saving, email is perfect but if you still want a bit of pretty try the gorgeous Paperless Post or Greenvelope which both allow guests to RSVP online.
two. wild flower seeded paper – one of our absolute favourite ethical stationers has to be Wildflower Favours. These guys have created the cutest wedding invites and save the dates using recycled (UK made) paper which is embedded with wildflower seeds. Yes that means you can actually plant your invite and grow flowers from it! Now the bees will be happy about that.
three. recycled paper – just this one small switch can help reduce your impact on the environment by reducing landfill as well as using less energy, water, and producing lower carbon emissions than the manufacturing of non-recycled paper.
four. don’t forget about envelopes – often over looked, don’t forget to make sure you use recycled paper for the envelopes as well, or for local friends and family, deliver by hand without the need for one! (Extra points for walking or cycling deliveries!)
five. edible – one of our favourite ideas is to combine place name cards with favours – edible names! Think of all those place cards and bits of string/ribbon/plastic that will be saved – and one less thing to clear up at the end of the day! Our lovely directory supplier The Kitsch Hen makes incredible personalised biscuits – all with locally sourced ingredients 🙂 And it’s not just name cards you can make edible – think save the dates and thank you cards as well!
six. reduce inserts – you may not fancy going the whole hog and inviting guests completely digitally, but how about reducing the amount of paper used? Try sending guests a one page invitation only and provide the rest of the wedding information online on a wedding website (try Getting Married). By reducing the amount of inserts you are helping to reduce your carbon footprint!
seven. imaginative place settings – we have already sung the merits of edible place settings but have you thought of other ways to reduce the paper load and get more creative?! Try writing guests names on pretty pebbles, leaves, old champagne corks, Scrabble tiles, shells, sea glass, clothes pegs (peg onto wine glass stems!) or even on origami recycled paper! Raid those wheelie bins 😉 Click here for our Pinterest board Ethical Place Names.
eight. forgo extras – such as menus, programmes, table plans. Do you really need them? Set up smaller guests with iPads to show guests where they are sitting or what they are eating or add this information to the wedding website/app.
We hope these ideas have given you some ethical food for thought, and let us know how you get on or any other sustainable stationery ideas you might have! For more Ethical Bride posts, click here.
Main image The Kitsch Hen