Gallery: GREEN WEDDING GUIDE: Invitations

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Welcome to our third installment of the Inhabitat Green Wedding Guide column. So far we’ve covered eco-friendly rings and locations in our Green Wedding Guide. In our third installment of our series, we are talking eco-friendly wedding invitations. Invitations set the mood for the wedding – simple and casual, fancy and elegant, quirky and fun, the possibilities are endless. Your guests will gather information on what to wear and what type of wedding it will be from your wedding invitation. And by sending out an eco-friendly invite, you’re setting the bar for the rest of your gorgeously green and eco-conscious wedding.

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  1. amelia palmer January 3, 2014 at 2:16 am

    Great idea! I like this style of sending Eco-friendly wedding invitations. This is the best way to save time and paper by sending Eco-friendly online invitations to lovely guests. I appreciate you for these grateful thoughts. I also want to send my green theme Hindu invitations for wedding online.

  2. sanghamitra September 21, 2010 at 8:15 am

    Thank You for such beautiful idea.Very nice. Cupid Carriagese

  3. debs May 29, 2010 at 7:15 pm

    Oh green weddings. How I love thy complexity.

    I think there is something really special about paper wedding invitations. Receiving them in the mail always seems more…intentional…than a glorified e-vite. However, I understand the premise of wanting to cut back on waste and/or reduce the environmental impact of stationary for your wedding.

    Beware, though, of accepting the “simple solutions” that can counteract any efforts to green up your dream day, without questioning their efficacy towards your goal.

    Simple Solution #1: Replace paper for cotton. Well, it’s not so simple. As Richard stated, many stationary providers DO manufacture using cotton fiber, so maybe commercial stationary is not so bad? It depends on what you think about cotton. If you can’t trace the materials back to organic sources, cotton doesn’t rank very high up on the “eco-meter”.

    “Aldicarb, parathion, and methamidopho, three of the most acutely hazardous insecticides to human health as determined by the World Health Organization, rank in the top ten most commonly used in cotton production.” -Organic Trade Association

    If you are concerned about paper, though, you may want to consider that, at least in the United States, most paper comes from farmed trees, not natural stands of forest (that could just be because, save for the national and state parks, much of the first and even secondary growth trees have been cut down already). On the other hand, a tree is a tree is a tree. Also, a monoculture of trees isn’t exactly sustainable either.

    Simple Solution #2. Compensate for the use of invitations while also adding a special touch by sending out plantable invitations. The pro: Your invited guests can stick the piece of paper into the ground, and it will sprout lots of little plants, usually full of colorful flowers. The con: You may be sending a bunch of non-natives and potentially invasive species. Now, is your little invitation going to single-handedly ruin a floristic region? Not likely. The people you are sending these to might already have a colorful little garden of non-native ornamentals. But if conserving native plants is an issue you take to heart, you may want to reconsider. If your paper provider is local, maybe you could talk to the manufacturer about blending in native seeds. Or make native seed packets into guest favors instead.

    I do encourage people to find ways to reduce their impact on the Earth on a daily basis. However, uninformed decisions may just be the result of marketing ploys, so consider all aspects and do your homework. After weighing out my options, I have opted for a local human rights group that provides transitional jobs and skills to women facing trouble obtaining employment, through a recycled paper production enterprise. I figure the paper is 100% recycled, it’s local, and it supports a cause (oh yeah, and it’s not very pricey).

    Good luck with your decision-making!

  4. hteague September 30, 2009 at 4:53 pm

    Another great option is seeded invitations that grow when planted. I think it is wonderful that guests can plant the invitation in your honor! For plantable invitations and favors (as well as 100% PCW recycled and tree-free invitations), please visit

  5. bijal July 30, 2009 at 12:19 pm

    Hi there are other options for eco-friendly invitations:


    They have beautiful invitations/stationary/announcements.

  6. Richard May July 14, 2009 at 8:17 am

    I had thought that a serious “green” organization like Inhabitat wouldn’t have fallen prey to the seductive lure paper-bashing under the pretext that we are saving the environment by not sending paper wedding invitations. First, most fine wedding invitations are made from cotton fiber which is made from cotton (a renewable crop) and cotton rag (recycled waste products for textile mills and other sources). In fact, Crane & Co. has been making paper this way for over 200 years: long before “green” or environmental activism was even fashionable. Secondly, the esteemed Gartner Group claims that the average PC user consumers 28 pages a day of paper (is it the same for the MAC?). By applying the same superficial eco- logic, we should probably ban the use of PCs and email because it is harmful to the environment. Thirdly, email invitations lack substance and style. It’s the equivalent of junk mail. If expediency and the cost factor are more important than elegance and good taste, by all means email is the appropriate choice. But please, don’t pretend you are doing so to save the environment.

    Most of the fine paper companies our stationery store represents are “environmentalists” in the true sense of the word. I wish that organization like Inhabitat would begin to highlight paper craftsmen and keen environmentalists like Oblation, Julie Holcomb, Elum rather than the dreary digital simulations of bad taste masquerading under the “green” label.

    Richard W. May
    Therese Saint Clair and the Stationers Guild

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