Thursday, August 1, 2013

DIY Wedding Invitations Go Eco-Chic - Green is the New Ivory

DIY Wedding Invitations Go Eco-Chic - Green is the New Ivory

Why not get in on the latest trend in DIY wedding invitations and show mother earth a little love? Celebrities, families, and corporations everywhere are taking the plunge and committing to going green, now you can too! We're not suggesting you forgo the invite entirely and send an evite (where's the crafty fun in that?). DIY wedding invitations give you the power to say no to waste and yes to saving the environment. Here are just a few great ways to show your guests you have a heart (not just for your fiancé, but also for the planet!)

1. Use products made from recycled paper. Recycled paper looks beautiful and keeps the earth healthy. The styles, textures, and colors available are endless and some are even being made from 100% post-consumer waste. If you really want to save the planet, try making your own paper! All it takes is a blender, torn up bits of paper, a little water and a screen. You can even add flowers or confetti to your paper for a sprinkling of fun. (For further instructions, look up "how to make paper" online or find a book at your local library.) Hand-made paper is stunning, and will show your guests you took the time to care--about them and the planet.

DIY Wedding Invitations Go Eco-Chic - Green is the New Ivory
2. Check out plantable invitations. An invitation and a favor in one, these are gifts that keep on giving back! Your guests plant the invitation in their yards, and the result is a garden of beautiful wildflowers. Not only do you cut down on waste, the flowers your guests will enjoy put oxygen back into the air, making plantable invitations our favorite two-fer!

DIY Wedding Invitations Go Eco-Chic - Green is the New Ivory
3. Skip the extras. Do you really need that inner envelope? What about all those enclosures? Leave out the map, weekend events, and accommodations cards, and just include a small card with your wedding web site, where guests can get all the information they need online.

Each small step you take helps. As you design your perfect DIY wedding invitation, think, "Can I use a recycled product? Can I repurpose something? Can I do without this part?" Every time you reduce, reuse, or recycle, you help make this earth remarkable.

You might be interested in this site:
The Ultimate Guide to Planning your Wedding


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