About Recycled Bride
The next generation of Earth-friendly wedding invitations
can be delivered to your guests' mailboxes or their inboxes. Green brides can choose between zero-waste electronic invites, or paper inviations made by eco-chic stationers
out of recycled and sustainable materials. Read on to discover elegant and affordable options
, and a few of my very favorite sources for the latest and greatest in green invitations.
The Wedding E-vite Has Arrived
If you've never seen a luxury multimedia e-vite, prepare to be amazed- and to catch a glimpse into the future of wedding and special event invitations. The latest e-mail invitations will enable you to share and connect with your guests in ways that paper invites never could. E-vites are also insanely affordable, produce zero paper waste, require no postage, and make keeping track of your RSVPs a snap.
My Invitation Link
Send guests a personalized invitation complete with a photo slideshow, unlimited text, and a musical soundtrack. My Invitation Link makes it super easy to build a memorable, unique invite, and the creative possibilities are endless. Check out some of their sample invitations for inspiration (I dare you not to get weepy over the imaginary engaged couple!). Access to all of My Invitation Link's features- including wedding invitations, save the dates, thank you notes and shower invites- starts at just $39 and costs only $75 for a full year of unlimited use.
For the tech-savvy bride and groom, Pingg is a super-cool invitation and event coordination website, offering tools for custom-designed invites, multi-platform mailings (send invites via text!), Facebook and Twitter integration, photo sharing, guest reminder messaging, and much more. Almost all of Pingg's services are completely free, and the fees are low for special features. They'll even print and mail your invites to selected guests for just $1.50 each.
Paper That's Good for the Planet
Would you rather curl up with the Sunday Times than get your news online? Prefer a book to a Kindle
? Lucky for you, paper-loving gals have green options
too. Start with a commitment to buy invites printed on 100% post-consumer recycled paper (recycled paper uses 80% less water, 65% less energy and produces 95% less air pollution than virgin paper production) or paper made from sustainable materials like organic cotton. And check out these two truly sustainable invitation printing companies that go above and beyond the call of eco-duty:
Entirely wind-powered, this artisan letterpress prints sustainably using vegetable-oil based and low-VOC inks and solvents, donates to fantastic environmental causes, and even subsidizes CSA memberships for employees. Oh, and their invitations? Absolutely. Freakin'. Breathtaking. Don't take my word for it -- check out this gallery of gorgeous Bella Figura letterpress invites
, each one an inspiring work of art.
Affordable, beautiful, wholly eco-friendly invitations are this studio's specialty. Earthly Affair uses sustainable and recycled materials, purchases enough carbon offsets to make their entire business -- from office energy use to shipping -- carbon neutral. Their nature-inspired designs are chic, stylish and modern, and the friendly Earthly Affair staff will gladly work with you to custom-create your dream invitation.