Post # 1
I think traditional paper invitations are lovely, but I encourage all brides-to-bee to use recycled paper! Do you really want your wedding to contribute to over-forestation, and toxic bleach used to whiten and thin the paper entering waterways?
With planning such a large, important event, it’s essential to not let your values go to the wayside. You recycle at home and work, don’t you? What if all new brides insisted on recycled paper products? That would send a strong message!
There are so many great resources for recycled paper invitations, here’s a few for starters:
Other things to consider to have an ethical and earth-friendly wedding:
does your venue have a recycling and/or composting program?
Was your wedding dress made using sweatshops or child labour?
Is your jewelry made from “blood diamonds” or “dirty gold”?
Are you giving away favors that will just be thrown in the trash?
Post # 3
Excellent points! I have had a similar list made of ethical things we value in our relationship and that we did not want broken just because its a wedding 🙂
Post # 4
We did try to do as much as we could.
We used recycled paper and envelopes and didnt do RSVP cards. Just two pieces to the invite.
We used fabric Out of Town bags that are reuseable (that were cheaper than paper bags!)
No programs (we did a large chalkboard)
I do have a “certified conflict free” diamond, for whatever that is worth.
We did a donation instead of favors.
I sold my wedding dress and other items I purchased for decor.
I reused items from friends weddings (like baskets, card boxes, garter, etc)
We did try to reduce consumption as much as possible for something that is normally very consumption and extravagent based event. I am sure, however, there was a ton of waste. We just tried to reduce it.