(Closed) Help with wording for eco-friendliness?

posted 7 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 3
8738 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

@mandypop: Maybe something like “If we do not hear from you by x/x/xx we will mail you a formal invitation.”


How computer savvy are your guests? (Especially  the older generation) It might make sense to have 2 Save-The-Date Cards one for the “computer savvy set and one for the less savvy set. Only put the RSVP request on the computer savvy set.

Post # 4
3267 posts
Sugar bee

A few things.

1. It is hard to absorb the eco message that comes as a part of a non essential piece of correspondence.

2. You can’t really ask guests to respond to a save the date announcement.  Especially since you are sending it almost a year ahead of schedule.  I don’t think you will get accurate numbers and will have to still follow up with mailed invitations.  And people really don’t know their schedule this far in advance. 

3. Gift cards aren’t really that environmentally responsible.  They still have to be made (of plastic), shipped, gone to the store and purchased, driven home (or delivered if bought online).  A more environmentally considerate option is not registering and hoping for cash, or home made/recycled gifts.


What type of paper will these be printed on?  I am hoping for recycled, non bleached, or a sustainable resource, that is sourced locally.

I do really like the attempt at being as green as possible!

Post # 5
735 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I agree that mailing save the dates doesn’t set the tone for a eco-friendly message.

And if I recieved one that implied I wouldn’t get a real invitation if I RSVPed online, I think I’d be slightly offended. It’s nice to get formal mail. Some guests might like to save the invitation (I saved the invite to my best friend’s wedding).

If you’re concerned about being environmentally friendly I’d skip the Save-The-Date Cards – let your top must-be-there guests know the details in advance of the invites by telephone, email, in person, or in a handwritten note.  That way you can make sure that your best friend from college and your grandparents have plenty of notice to make plans for your wedding; but you don’t need to send out all those Save-The-Date Cards to all 100+ guests.


While your desire to reduce the environmental impact of your wedding is nice, it seems that some of the options your considering could offend or allienate guests, and some aren’t quite as green as they might seem at first glance.

Post # 6
9029 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I wouldnt send Save-The-Date Cards at all if you are trying to be eco friendly. Just wait and mail everyone an invite and then request online rsvp. Thats what we did.

Post # 7
4755 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I’m not getting it. You’re sending save the dates, but you’re making it sound like that IS the invite…

I also wouldn’t send save the dates at all but rather send emails… that’s what I’m doing e-mail “postcard” invites. Yes, I have to make a small few hard copy invites but I suspect less than 10 guests will have paper invites.

And I agree that gift cards aren’t a very good option for gifting. They’ll but the same pacaked goods as you will with your card, and most won’t ship it anyways. So you don’t really cut down on packaging, nor shipping unless you expect guests to mail you invites instead of bring them with.

I do like the online donation to charity or honeymooon though, that really does save paper!

Or insist that they don’t buy cards! Try to encourage people to leave their best wishes online in lieu of a card!



Post # 9
3267 posts
Sugar bee

@mandypop:  I still think you can’t expect people to treat an STD as an invitation, and ask for a reply.  And I would email everyone that you can, and ask a few key responsible family members to give out the information to those invited via word of mouth, but who don’t use the internet.  Or call those people individually. 

If people have to make travel arrangements so far a head of time to necessitate the eco STD, I would not expect them to bring a lot of boxed gifts.  Not too many people are going to cart a huge picture frame from Europe.  And there is always the possibility of a boxed gift, regardless of where you have registered.

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