There is more of a focus than ever to try and live a more sustainable lifestyle, so we can protect the earth for future generations. There are a number of ways we can do this, such as using eco-friendly products, recycling and reuse, using less energy and many other ways.....
One other way is to wear sustainable clothing and that’s why we launched the Green collection so we can play our part too. To carry on with this theme I have looked into sustainable wedding stationery for the couples who are planning their wedding and would like to adopt a few eco-friendly ideas. Many of the stationary designs are inspired by nature, just like our dresses in the green collection which are named after plants and flowers.
Read on to see which businesses create environmentally friendly wedding stationery.....
Laura lives in Cornwall and creates unique and sustainable wedding stationery. The invites are printed on textured white card which is 100% recyclable and majority of the printing is done in house. My favourite from the invitation sets has to be The Art of Flowers – I love the beautiful floral design with the deep burgundy tone. There are a choice of envelopes to choose from, one of them being 100% recycled Kraft brown. All of the envelopes are FSC accredited – which means the paper is sourced from managed forests. The packaging is plastic free and they are mindful about keeping waste to a minimum – making sure any off cuts or waste printed paper is recycled. Its impressive to know that Laura Likes is Carbon positive! Ecologi have calculated the carbon footprint of the business and have so far planted 194 trees in Laura Likes name – truly making a difference. It is also exciting to know there is an option to have any of the floral designs printed onto recycled seed paper. Something that I have never heard of! It is an air-dried paper which is embedded with a mix of native grass and flower seeds. My favourite from the seed collection is the May Meadow plantable invitation set with a floral and foliage design in beautiful yellows and greens.
Ellie and Liv produce sustainable wedding stationery and bespoke designs which are lovingly made in the UK. There is an option to either choose a semi- customisable design or a bespoke service where you can work personally with the designer. The Wedding house collection and Save the date are printed on recyclable cards from sustainable materials which can be fully recyclable. I have a couple of favourites from the House collection…. The first one is Autumn Harvest which features a warm and rich floral design in neutral tones with ochre and cream. My other favourite is Peonie Hues a flower which I absolutely love. It’s a less traditional option with hand drawn Peonies on a portrait layout, the tied ribbon detail gives it a lovely soft finish. I also love how this particular invite can be colour matched to match your wedding theme. Ellie and Liv offer a bespoke service for couples who have a specific idea in mind and would like something different and unique. Ideas can be discussed virtually or over the phone, which is perfect whilst we are still in lockdown.
Paperchain is an eco-friendly business and have a range of different wedding collections which have the option to be colour matched and personalised. All of the wedding invitations and ‘On the Day’ wedding stationery is produced either on Carbon neutral and FSC certified or 100% recycled card. It is an important factor for the business to be environmentally friendly. I like the attention to detail and how they print the green credentials on the back of invites so guests will know they have chosen eco-friendly stationery. From the collections I love Wreath which has a rustic and modern feel, it is eco friendly and printed on 100% recycled card. The wreath design is eye catching and stands out beautifully on the brown card.
Rocha designs creates on the day modern wedding stationery which includes saves the dates, invitations, table plans and more.
They offer a sustainable option for each of the collections and there is an option to have it printed onto seed paper, where an eco-printer is also used. Once used you can simply plant the seeded paper and watch flowers grow. I love the idea of this! My personal favourite from the collections is The Lola Suite I love the watercolour florals and the bright colours, giving it a fresh and modern vibe. There are accessories available such as Bridal party gifts which consist of mugs and coasters for you to say thank you to your loved ones.
Digital wedding invites are a great idea to eliminate any kind of waste – being more mindful of the environment and it’s a concept that I can see many couples going for who are trying to live a sustainable way of life.
Greenvelope who specialise in creating digital invitations can be simply sent over email with RSVP tracking – a great alternative to paper wedding invitations. I love the opening statement on their website - ‘Save time, Save trees, Save money’. This company is sure making a difference by donating a percentage of every sale to Mountains to sound, an organisation that maintains forests. They offer a selection of designs from the Wedding category that you can choose from. My personal favourite is Simple Floral save the date I love the statement black and white floral illustration creating a vintage feel. There is an option to have a custom design or to edit an existing template that are designed by independent designers. Once you have chosen your template it is easy enough to start customising your invite and have your own stamp on it by having a play with fonts and colours. They have a wide range of different themed invites with striking designs that include graphic, modern, watercolour, vintage, Indian and many more….