Email your save-the-dates and invitations. It saves trees, and people are less likely to lose them. Many couples use wedding websites, which include easy, online RSVPs that avoid the challenge of people who forget to mail back their RSVP card.
If you have wedding guests who aren’t internet savvy and you still want to send snail mail invites, use recycled paper products and only include the essential information; everything else can go on a wedding website.
There are companies that print your invitation on paper that contains seeds, so instead of tossing the invitation in the trash, guests can plant it and enjoy the flowers that grow. Just make sure the seeds are for native species of plants.
One study found that gardens with native plants can attract up to five times the number of butterfly and moth species compared to gardens with non-native plants.
If you’re assigning tables or seats, place cards are hard to avoid (and they can be useful to indicate to servers what meal guests have selected). Get creative and use biodegradable materials like leaves with names written on them in place of having cards printed.
Use signs instead of individual paper programs and menus that just get left behind. There are many ways to do this creatively with chalkboards, repurposed window panes and other reusable materials.
“We decided to have ‘Endangered Species Tables’ instead of numbers. Each table had a description of each species and why they are endangered. My sister did the sketches, and we received several positive comments about the idea.”