I have a friend who is so anti-wedding she is literally pained about having to participate in a wedding next year. Everything associated with weddings she has found frivolous, excessive and downright unnecessary- most explicitly the extra envelopes that come in the invitation. I think her words were ” Do you really need an envelope inside another envelope?!”

Probably not, and I think there has been a major decline in paper waste over the years, what with “Green being the new black” and all.  But what about doing away with the paper invitations altogether? Will that fly? Odds are Emily Post has and will continue to roll over in her grave as the notion of paper invitations to showers, weddings and bachelorette parties disappear in favor of emails, Evites, Facebook event invites and god forbid text messages. Could that happen? I hope not.

Personally, there’s something I really love about getting a beautiful invitation in the mail. Hand written mail via the POSTAL SERVICE, (Ever heard of ’em?) is kind of great to receive. I know it’s an added expense which often isn’t necessary, but there’s something nostalgic about following some kind of tradition. Plus stationary is PRETTY PEOPLE.

Sending Shower invitations is kind of a given. Great Aunt Sally probably has no idea how to even use a computer to try and access an evite, and is not an illustrious member of Facebook.  The older generation of shower guests appreciate the paper invite.

If you and your posse of planning bridesmaids are strapped for cash consider mailing out postcard style invites, which require less postage, or sticking to a regular mail size rather than an irregular shape that will require more postage.

If you want MUST do your part to save the planet while planning for your friends big day opt for an evite for the bachelorette party. There’s plenty of cocktail themes, martini glass evites out there just begging to be personalized with your bride-to-be’s bachelorette info.  No postage, no paper and easy RSVP’s for planning.

Wedding invitations are a completely different beast. I don’t think you can send out an Evite to your wedding unless it happens to be VERY unconventional or VERY informal.  The invitation is meant to set the tone of what guests should expect. Black tie weddings float through on expensive embossed paper with ribbons and gems and all kinds of ridiculous extras.  Laid back casual weddings have softer fonts and colors and come off as much more relaxed. It’s a cue to your guests. Send an Evite and you’re likely to have a gaggle of guests in denim show up. Hey, anything is possible.

(For the record anyone who says wearing jeans to the ceremony is acceptable- IS DEAD WRONG. Never let anyone tell you otherwise.)

There are ways to let guests know about your special day while doing your part for the planet.

Send an email directing guests to a personal web page instead of sending Save the Dates.

Use one envelope for the wedding, rehearsal dinner and brunch invitation to guests rather than spending the money on 3 separate invites.

Use recycled paper for all invitations and remind guests to recycle their invites once the wedding is over.

This year I received, 2 Save the Date Emails and 1 Bachelorette Evite. I’m sure the wedding e-vite isn’t far behind…But if in fact you are still a traditionalist at heart, here are a few environmentally friendly invitations to consider.

From Adorable Planet

From Adorable Planet

From Adorable Planet

From Adorable Planet

Seeded Invites by Lucky Onion are very unique and beautiful in their own right. The line of stationary is 100% recycled papers and pupl paper embedded with natural flower seeds. The coolest part about these invitations. You can plant them and they’ll grow! How cool is that?

Seeded Invites by Lucky Onion

Seeded Invites by Lucky Onion

Seeded Invites from Lucky Onion

Seeded Invites from Lucky Onion

Seeded Invites from Lucky Onion

Seeded Invites from Lucky Onion

From Naturally Ever After

From Naturally Ever After

From Naturally Ever After

From Naturally Ever After

From Evite

From Evite

From Evite

From Evite

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