Post # 1
I just wanted to give you a tip, based on my experience:
Do a honeymoon registry or gift card registry. I know some people think it’s tacky, but… I live in an area that has NO municipal recycling. FI and I typically reuse whatever boxes and packaging we can, and we breakdown the rest and save it– along with cans and bottles– to bring to my parents’ house when we go, and they recycle it for us.
Anyway, we did a traditional gift registry and we did check off the “green” option for minimal packaging and no gift wrap, but HOLY $%@#!!! If you haven’t started getting your wedding gifts yet, you cannot fathom the amount of boxes, cartons, paper, bubble wrap, gift wrap and other packaging that you’re in for. Our apartment isn’t tiny but I feel like I’m literally drowning in paper waste right now. It’s just everywhere. It makes me so sad 🙁
Post # 3
I agree! We recently went to a reception where we ended up “wrapping” the gift in flour sack kitchen towels that matched the couples stuff from their registry. It was cute and I think the towels were around $6-8 and are totally reusable; it would have probably cost at least that much to buy a roll of wedding wrapping paper and ribbon, which would not have been reusable. There ARE other options out there and I’m all for at least trying to be “greener”.
Post # 4
@SugerPlum: That’s a great idea! It’s thoughtful AND useful 🙂
Post # 5
There’s a joke in my household that towels are wrapping paper, because I once gave my spouse a gift and used the towel part of the gift as the wrapping paper.
Post # 6
it is insane to think about it. i haven’t even got there yet but i have been to bridal showers and the same things go through my mind….all those boxes and styrofoam…paper…oh my. our recycling bin is going to be ridiculous for awhile. where did you register that you got to check for a “green” registry?