Eco-Friendly Invitations from Bella Figura

I discovered the work of Bella Figura while planning my wedding in 2007, and quickly fell in love. They offer a mix of modern and classic letterpress styles, and every item they print is green. What’s not to love?

Check out some of my favorite styles below, see their offerings on their website, or learn more about their eco-friendly practices (here’s a teaser: in addition to green printing practices, they’re also wind-powered and subsidize both bus passes & CSA boxes for employees. In short, they rock!).

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Plantable Paper Wedding Invitations: the work of Botanical Paperworks

When I was planning my wedding, I came across Botanical Paperworks and fell in love with the idea of flower seed paper. Since then, they’ve come up with a fun line of wedding invitations in addition to their memorial cards (which we got for my grandmother) and plantable confetti. Here are a few of my favorite plantable wedding invitations (click each invitation for more information)!

Leaf plantable wedding invitation

Plantable tropical wedding invitations

Doing DIY? They can do that too!

Celebrate Green: Ten eco-chic ideas for a stylish and sustainable wedding

Ten eco-chic ideas for a stylish and sustainable wedding from I Do Foundation

Ten eco-chic ideas for a stylish and sustainable wedding

  1.  Let it Shine – Make informed jewelry decisions by considering their source. Choose a jeweler that uses recycled materials and ask questions that help you feel good about your purchase.
  2.  Be Fashionably Green – Get a unique look with a tailored, vintage wedding dress; use organic fabrics; and choose a bridesmaids dress that they can (actually) wear again.
  3. Location, Location, Location – Select a venue rich in décor. Botanical gardens are lush with foliage and museums have objects d’art. You’ll support a non-profit and save on decorations.
  4. Gifts that Give Back – Raise money for causes you care about by requesting donations to charity as your wedding gifts. Start a charity registry with I Do so guests can conveniently give.
  5.  Eat, Drink, and Be Savvy – When selecting your meal, narrow down the options and insist on an organic caterer, local food choices, and organic wines.
  6. Flower Power – Think organic, seasonal, and potted. Use a local florist and ask your wedding party to help make DIY centerpieces and bouquets that are environmentally friendly.
  7. Do the World a Favor – Thank your guests and share your values with wedding favors that support a meaningful cause, making a difference through charity.
  8. Green your Footprint – Use one of many easy-to-use online tools to calculate your wedding’s carbon footprint, and then offset your emissions.
  9. Eco-Invite – Create your own Wedding Page. Save on printing costs by putting your save the date and RSVPs online, and include maps, lodging suggestions, and even your proposal story! If you do send invites, choose recycled or tree-free paper.
  10. Recycle, Reduce, Reuse – If it can’t be recycled, reduced, or reused . . . Rent! Ask if your vendors have a recycling policy. Plan ahead and find a shelter or retirement home for leftover food or flowers. Creatively use recycled materials throughout your ceremony and reception.

We have started to receive gifts, cash and donations for our wedding. How do I properly thank guests?

How to write nice thank you notes for your wedding gifts

Although it can be an overwhelming task, there is no job more important than that of showing guests your appreciation with a thoughtful thank you note.

Organizing your thank you notes

Keeping track of what notes you’ve written can be difficult, and you don’t want anyone to slip through the cracks. Keeping organized is key! We are big fans of Google Drive, which allows you to create a spreadsheet or word processing document and share it with others. Create a spreadsheet to update with the name of the gift-giver, a short description of the gift, the date you received it, and the date you sent the thank you note. Update this spreadsheet every time you receive a gift (and share it with your partner).

Keeping track of money raised through a charity registry

Use your donation report (part of your charity registry) to track the donations you have received. You can also use the amount of money raised to aid you in writing your notes: “We are thrilled to have raised $XX for our charity so far. We are hoping to make a big impact through our wedding!”

Electronic thank you notes

Looking to go “green”? While a thank you e-mail is too casual, check out Paperless Post’s thank you note option—these classy e-cards are delivered with a beautiful animation of an envelope opening. Paperless Post has truly found a way to make online mail more formal.

Writing your thank you notes

Need help writing your thank you notes? There are many websites online that help with sample wording, but we prefer something personal and to-the-point for traditional gifts:

  1. “We were so excited to receive your gift the other day.”
  2. Name the gift, and say why you liked it: “The bamboo bowl is beautiful, and we love how it looks on our dining table.”
  3. Say how you’ve used it: “We used it for salad just last night!”
  4. Thank them: “Thank you so much for the thoughtful gift—it is so ‘us’.”
  5. Tell them you look forward to seeing them on your wedding day, or say how much you enjoyed seeing them if the day has already passed.

Did you receive a cash gift? Try this:

  1. “We were so excited to receive your gift the other day.”
  2. Say how you have used it or plan to use it: “We are saving for a downpayment on our first home, and your generous gift has gotten us even closer to our goal!”
  3. Thank them: “Thank you so much for the thoughtful gift—it means a lot to us.”
  4. Tell them you look forward to seeing them on your wedding day, or say how much you enjoyed seeing them if the day has already passed.

donation though your charity registry? Here’s what we would suggest:

  1. “We were so excited to receive your gift the other day.”
  2. Tell them why you decided to support your charity: “We decided to support the American Cancer Society in honor of John’s dad, who passed away last year from lymphoma.”
  3. Tell them how their donation will help: “The American Cancer Society works to find a cure, and your donation helps!”
  4. Tell them how much you have raised: “So far, we have raised $X.”
  5. Thank them: “Thank you so much for the thoughtful gift—it means a lot to us.”
  6. Tell them you look forward to seeing them on your wedding day, or say how much you enjoyed seeing them if the day has already passed.

However you write them, and however you send them—just make sure to do it, and promptly. Did you drop the ball on some of your thank you notes? If a lot of time has passed, write them anyway. You know what they say: better late than never.