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When it comes to your wedding, the environment might not be the first thing you’re thinking about when choosing your stationery, and understandably so – with a never-ending list of things to do and worry about right through to the last day, staying eco-friendly might not be at the forefront of your mind.
However, keeping Mother Earth happy on your wedding day isn’t as hard as you might think. Here are a few tips to ensure your wedding stationery isn’t leaving a negative lasting impression on the environment.
The first thing to consider is: How much stationery do you really need? Unless you plan on getting married more than once, you will only require the number of invitations, place cards, evening invitations and so on for the amount of people you are inviting, plus a few more in case of errors and add-ons.
You can’t use it after the big day, so don’t overdo it and waste paper. Another good way to save the trees is to send one invite per family, no need to post one to each individual; they’ll get the message no doubt!
Look out for recycled paper or card when shopping for your wedding stationery. Not only can this add rustic style, it can also give you peace of mind that your wedding day isn’t causing too much of an environmental nightmare.
A lot of invitation stores will give you a more environmentally friendly option when investing in wedding invitations and stationery and they are far from inferior to less eco-friendly ones, offering just as much style to your wedding theme.
Think Outside the Box
When it comes to thinking of stationery for the big day, think outside the box. Are there alternative methods to use instead of place cards and favour boxes? Again, recycled materials are always going to be a bonus, reusable displays such as chalk boards can be hired or borrowed for a beautifully traditional style.
Try to plan your big day with the mind set of, what won’t be used, won’t be wasted. For the ultimate eco-friendly bride, consider locally sourced flowers, or even better, using your own! If however, you’re not the green-fingered expert, consult your nearest garden centre or flower shop to see what they can do to help.