Eco-Friendly Wedding Invitations & Other “Green” Tips

Incorporating eco-friendly, green ideas into your wedding is easy, and affordable. Check out these eco-friendly wedding planning tips. | Weddings From The Heart

This post was published in cooperation with Paperless Post.

Looking for wedding ideas that aren’t only earth-friendly but wallet friendly too?

• Like the idea of menu cards? Do only 2 or 3 per table instead of one for each person (your guests won’t miss having their own).

• Reduce the amount of paper used in your invitations by omitting the inner envelopes and using RSVP postcards instead of the traditional card and envelope.

• Or you can completely reduce the amount of paper for your invitations by going paperless.

Beautiful wedding invitation from Paperless Post

Our friends at PAPERLESS POST help you create online and paper stationery that reflects your individual style. You can choose, and customize, from hundreds of styles/designs for your wedding invitations, including gorgeous styles by world famous designers such as Kate Spade New York, Oscar de la Renta, Jonathan Adler, Kelly Wearstler, and Vera Wang.

Beautiful wedding invitation from Paperless Post

Beautiful wedding invitation from Paperless Post

Benefits of Using Online Invitations

• It’s totally eco-friendly. No paper or inks at all.

• Easy for guests to RSVP. With a click of a button they can respond with their accepts or regrets. There’s even a button to remind them to RSVP later.

• It’s a breeze to include additional information for your guests’ convenience (ex. parking info, hotel info).

• Directions from their doorstep to your venue are at your guest’s fingertips with the click of a button.

• You can add a comment wall for guests to leave a personalized message.

• Are you giving your guests menu options (Beef or Chicken)? Add additional RSVP question for your guests to answer. Also great for song requests.

• Need to make a change to the time or place? Updating is easy.

• Easily track who has responded. Need to check in with those who haven’t RSVP’d? There’s a button for that too.

• There’s more than just Wedding invitations. Holiday cards, Birthday, Thinking of You, Graduation announcements, and personalized stationery are just some of what they offer.

• It’s affordable.

Choose a card design. Add your text. Change the font style and color. Add a motif or logo. Want to add your own motif, logo, or photo? It’s easily done, and just takes a few seconds.

Your invitation/card is saved and put into a draft folder until you’re ready to send. Then when you’re ready to send, you can either send it immediately or schedule it for a future date.

It really is that simple.


Ok, gotta be real. There are a few disadvantages to using online wedding invitations.

• Lost E-Mail
Occasionally an online invitation will get lost in cyberspace, and not reach it’s recipient. (But hey, things can get lost with the regular mail too). If someone says they haven’t received your paperless invitation, make sure you’ve got the right email address, or that your guest hasn’t changed their email address.

• Not All Guests Have Email
These days, most people have email, (and if they’re like me, they check it several times throughout the day). However, some of your guests, usually older folks, like grandparents or great aunts/uncles may not.

• No Keepsake
Some couples, and their parents like to save the invitation for a lovely keepsake. You can print out the online invitation, but doing a ‘print screen’ is not the same as an invitation that’s actually been printed.

The good thing here is that Paperless Post offers all of their designs in paper form as well.

Other Ways to Go Green for Your Wedding

We can all agree that candles provide a romantic ambience.

Candles are an economical way to provide a romantic ambience to your wedding reception/celebration. For an eco-friendly, green touch, use soy or honeycomb candles.
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But did you ever notice soot on the edges of the glass of the candleholder, or going into the air when a candle is blown out? For your wedding why not use soy or honeycomb candles? They’re much cleaner than regular wax candles, and like other candles, come in any size or color you’d want.

After a wedding reception when the room is being cleaned up, it is kind of sad watching those beautiful floral centerpieces being thrown away.
Group potted flowers on tables as centerpieces. Then at the end of your wedding reception, your guests can take them home.

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Instead of using cut flowers, group potted flowers on tables as centerpieces. Then at the end of the evening, your guests can take them home. The potted flowers enjoy a new life (either appreciated in your guests’ homes, or replanted in their yard). Plus, this serves double-duty so you don’t have to get separate favors.


If you prefer offering favors for your guests, go with an edible treat.

Your wedding guests will love a yummy edible wedding favor to take home at the end (or enjoy during) your wedding reception.

In reality, your guests often can’t use or don’t want the cute favors that are non-edible, and will either end up throwing the favor away, or leaving it at the reception. But if it’s something for them to nibble on – they’ll be snacking on them during your reception, and maybe even looking for more!

More and more caterers are thinking green

More and more caterers are creating wedding reception menus that are green - using ingredients that are organic, and locally grown.

– using ingredients that are organic, and locally grown.

Why not include some green, eco-friendly choices for your wedding? They’re just as easy, and often either cost the same or less than non-green options.

Let us know what you think. Are/would you consider including some eco-friendly elements to your wedding?

Hearts, Joy, Love!

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5 Quotes about Love and Marriage

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Although much has been said on the topics of love and marriage, sometimes nothing sums it up so succinctly than a good quote.

Short, sweet, and to the point, here are five lovely quotes that you can use on your wedding invitations or ceremony programs, include in readings, signage at your reception, or just as inspiration.

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Love with Red Heart

1. “Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.” ~ Lao Tze

2. “Happy is the man who finds a true friend, and far happier is he who finds that true friend in his wife.” ~ Franz Schubert

3. “A good marriage is one which allows for change and growth in individuals and in the way they express their love.” ~ Pearl S. Buck

4. “Men always want to be a woman’s first love and women want to be a man’s last romance.” ~ Oscar Wilde

5. “A successful marriage is an edifice that must be built every day.” ~ Andre Maurois

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Hearts with Arrow

Be sure to share with us in the comments below other quotes on love and marriage that you particularly love.

Hearts, Joy, Love!

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Your Wedding Planning Timelineby Erica Bond, Adorn Wedding Invitations


Between the time your partner asks “will you?” to the moment you both say “I do,” so many decisions need to be made.

Before you feel completely overwhelmed by the massive task ahead of you, have a glass of wine and check out our wedding timeline infographic.


Your wedding binder is going to be your new best friend. Budgets, timelines, and contact details need to be easy to find at all times.

Always remember your budget. Your day needs to be special but that four-tier cake is not worth selling your first-born child for. Plan with your partner early where you will be spending the big bucks.

To give you an idea of a typical budget break down:

  • 48 to 50 percent of total budget to reception
  • 8 to 10 percent for flowers
  • 8 to 10 percent for attire
  • 8 to 10 percent for entertainment/music
  • 10 to 12 percent for photo/video
  • 2 to 3 percent for invites; 2 to 3 percent for gifts
  • 8 percent for a wedding coordinator

Keep an extra 5-10% of your budget tucked away for any extra expenses like reprinting additional invites.

Contact details:
Having these listed for all vendors can help you delegate, ask a bridesmaid or your future hubby to chase up vendors.

DIY jobs may help your budget woes, but make sure you don’t stretch your time too thin. Taking on too much can cause a lot of extra stress and sleepless nights leading up to your big day. Make sure you have a good understanding of just how much these DIY jobs will cost (are they really saving you money?) and how long they will take.

Brides need their beauty sleep.


Before setting out on your quest to find that perfect venue, be prepared with a list of questions, that are as detailed as possible. Many brides get wrapped up in the overall feel of the venue and book, only to find many restrictions will hinder their planning later on.

Remember the big questions like:

  • Number of guests: are you restricted to a cocktail party rather then a sit down meal to squeeze all your guests in the door?
  • Date availability: this may be a deal breaker if your date is already set
  • What exactly is included in the price: catering, linen, decorations, A/V equipment?
  • Restrictions: number of children, end time, noise restrictions, public transport, parking?
  • Weather options: what wet weather options are available for outdoor ceremonies or is shade adequate enough for hot days?

Research is the key here ladies.


Carefully consider having your wedding date shared with a holiday. Extra costs may be involved for both you and your guests, vendors may be harder to book in over the holiday periods. If guests are traveling, consider accommodation and transport availability at this time of year.

Weather will influence the style and mood of the wedding. If you’re planning an outdoor cocktail party in the middle of summer, your bar tab may also be higher than expected.

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With branches in the UK, Australia and soon to be in the U.S – Adorn Invitations is the leading supplier of exquisite wedding invitations and stationary for brides looking for exclusive and remarkable designs. Initially established off of the back of a global graphic design studio, Adorn’s design team boasts over 20 years of design and print experience. With a rare combination of incomparable design ability and with the resources to produce and manufacture high quality pieces – Adorn is truly a trailblazer in its field in delivering beautifully crafted wedding stationary.

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Wedding Q&A – Do I Have to Invite Family I’m Not Close To?







Q – Do I have to invite a family member I’m not close to, to my wedding?

A – It’s your wedding, so technically, you can invite (or not invite) whoever you want.

That said, consider the following:

  • Do you just “not like him,” or does it go deeper than that? Is it because the two of you just “don’t click,” or is there “bad blood” between you?
  • How will this affect future family get-togethers? Will other family members brush it off with a simple “meh,” or will you be hearing about this for years to come?
  • How will this affect other family members? Let’s use cousins as an example. Will this cause friction between the 2 cousins you are close to (and who did receive an invite) and the 3rd cousin you didn’t invite? Will it cause friction between you and your aunt? Although, it’s your wedding and you can invite (or not invite) whoever you want, this is most likely a time for you to take the high road and send that other invitation.


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An Inside Look at the Making of Vanessa Williams’ Luxurious Wedding Invitations

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Vanessa Williams and Jim Skrimp were married last summer in Buffalo, NY.

It was while vacationing in Egypt when Vanessa met Jim.

This memory was called forth on their wedding day in her attire (a sleek skirt/top combo with gold belt); hair and make-up (smoky eyes and hair styled long and straight); and jewelry (gold and diamond necklaces and chandelier earrings to echo the Egyptian vibe). Jim had her engagement ring designed with a lotus leaf.

Even their wedding invitation reflected an Egyptian theme.

It’s been often said that the wedding invitation gives guests a glimpse of the event to come. The amazing invitations designed by Adorn Wedding Invitations hinted at a beautiful and luxurious event.

“This invitation says to the world love is possible love is real. For Vanessa and Jim this couldn’t be truer.”

Adorn Wedding Invitations has allowed us to share the absolutely stunning invitations that they created for Vanessa & Jim, including this video documenting “their design journey.”

“But [Adorn Invitation’s] job was simple; create invitations that live up to the celebration of the year!”

The points of reference that Vanessa shared with them were a gold color scheme, her dress, and a “shortlisted pin board.”

The invitation, and other enclosures, were printed on rich Marsala paper (a deep and emotionally rich color which conjures the feelings of passion and romance), and printed in gold, metallic foil to give it a luxurious touch.

Inspired by the details of her dress, their designers created a hand sketch which was then digitalized into a singular shape which they repeated multiple times to create a seamless and uniformed pattern.

This intricate pattern became the breathtaking overlay, and featured over 580 small shapes that were precision laser cut on gold metallic shimmer paper. A lotus, a symbol of fortune and of purifying the spirit, was plated in 14K gold and hand applied to each overlay.

No detail was overlooked as the envelopes had opulent embellishments: gold foil monogrammed return address, custom wax seal, and custom crafted gold liners.

As you can see, the final results were truly amazing.

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vanessa williams invitations

“As Vanessa said, they did “extraordinary work in creating a beautiful piece of art.””

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Be a Good and Gracious Guest – Invitation/RSVP Etiquette

Yes, life is less formal these days.

Yes, times have changed.

But . . .

. . . when you receive an invitation to a wedding (or any event, for that matter) there are some obligations on your part. Remember, the people think enough of you to have sent you the invitation. Have a little courtesy to let them know if you will be able to attend.

What is “RSVP”?

This term is from the French. It means “Repondez, s’il vous plait,” or “please reply.”

It has been around for a long time and it is telling you that your host really wants to know if you are coming to his/her event. The expectation is that you will reply promptly.

How do I reply?

You respond in the manner indicated on the invitation.

  • If there is no response card included, send a handwritten response to the host at the return address on the envelope.
  • If there is a response card, fill it in and return it in the envelope provided by the date indicated.
  • If it states “RSVP” and gives a phone number, telephone and speak to a person – answering machines can be unreliable.
  • If it says respond electronically, you may do so.
  • Some invitations state “Regrets Only.” If this is the case, reply only if you cannot attend. If you don’t reply it is the same thing as attending. You’ll be expected.
  • In the rare instance where no reply is requested, it is still polite to let someone know if you’ll be there. A phone call will work.

What if I change my mind?

  • If you want to change a “yes” to a “no” be aware that it is only acceptable in case of illness, a death in the family or an unavoidable professional or business conflict.

    Call the host immediately and express regret. Know that being a “no show” is unacceptable.

  • If you want to change a “no” to a “yes” it’s ok only if it will not upset the host or hostess’ arrangements. Always ask before you just show up.

What if I want to bring someone?

Look at the envelope and see whose names are written on it. This will tell you who is being invited.

If the invitation includes the phrase Mr. John Smith and Guest – then yes, may bring someone else with you if you choose.

If it’s just your name, but you want to bring someone – Don’t!

Don’t even ask! The invitation was extended only to the people whose names are on the invitation and no one else.

Don’t assume you can bring your children to the event. If they were invited the invitation would have said so.

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What If You Have to Cancel Your Wedding?

Weddings are a happy time – full of expectations for the future.

But . . .

What if it is canceled?

No one wants to ever talk about the possibility of a wedding being canceled, but for a variety of reasons it can – and does – happen.

Everyone involved finds planning a joyful occasion but no one ever plans to cancel or postpone that event. The guidelines on how to handle this difficult time in as pleasant and civil manner as possible are relatively simple.

Short and sweet is the best route.

If a formal wedding is postponed or canceled after the invitations have gone out, all invited guests must be notified as soon as possible. When time permits, this is best done with printed cards.

Here are some wording examples:

• If there has been a death in the family, the card would read:

     Mrs. George Franklin Davis
     regrets that the death of
     Mr. Davis
     obliges her to recall the invitations
     to the wedding of her daughter
     Saturday, the second of April

An invitation recalled in this manner just indicates that the wedding will not take place as originally planned.

When it is rescheduled, it may take place as a small family ceremony if you feel a large wedding may be considered inappropriate. The couple may wear their formal attire but they will usually have honor attendants only.

• If a wedding is postponed and a new date is already set, new invitations may be sent out with this copy:

     Mr. and Mrs. Douglas John Smith
     announce that the marriage of their daughter
     Carolyn Jane
     Edward Patrick Murphy
     has been postponed from
     Saturday, the 11th of May
     Saturday, the 25th of May
     at four o’clock
     Grace Presbyterian Church

• If the wedding is canceled, invitations need to be recalled promptly with a printed card which reads:

     Mr. and Mrs. Calvin Benjamin Clark
     announce that the marriage of their daughter
     Eileen Marie
     Harold Robert Smith
     will not take place

However, if time is short, invitations may be recalled by personal notes or phone calls. Notes should be patterned after these formats and signed by the person issuing the invitations. Phone calls should also be made in the name of issuing the invitations.

Reasons other than death or illness in the family are not usually mentioned, as it really is none of their business.

A common question that arises after the cancellation of a wedding is, “What do I do with the gifts I have received?”

If the wedding is merely postponed, send an announcement to all the guests, keeping the presents you’ve already received.

On the other hand, if the wedding is canceled, every gift – even those that have been monogrammed – must go back to the person who sent it. A note expressing gratitude and explaining that the wedding will not take place should accompany the gift, but you do not need to give a reason for the cancellation.

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How to Address Your Wedding Invitations to Guests with Titles

Addressing your invitations doesn’t seem like a difficult or confusing task.

If the people you are addressing the envelope to have the usual titles (Mr., Mrs., Miss, or Ms.) it is usually pretty simple (although a bit time consuming).

But what to do when one, or both, have “official” titles (ex. Lieutenant or Doctor) instead of the usual Mr. or Mrs.?

Here are 3 scenarios to help you crack the code:

1) For a couple with different last names, the woman is traditionally listed first (ex. Miss (or Ms.) Sarah Smith and Mr. Matthew Jones).

However, when one has a rank or other “official” title, their name will be listed first (Captain Matthew Jones and Ms. Sarah Smith, Doctor Sarah Smith and Mr. Matthew Jones).

2) For a couple with the same last name the person with a title other than Mr., Mrs., Miss, or Ms. would be listed first. (Lieutenant and Mr. Susan and Marvin Brown, Doctor and Mrs. Michael Johnson and Lisa Davis).

3) For a couple who both have “official” titles there are a few “sub-rules”

  • are their last names the same or different?
  • are their titles both military, both civilian, or one is military and the other civilian?
  • are they being invited as a couple (meaning are you close to both) or is one the “and guest”

For a couple whose last names are different, and their titles are both military and civilian, the military title takes precedence over a civilian title, (Captain Linda Wilson and Doctor James Moore, Captain Charles Lewis and Doctor Sandra Allen).

If their last name is the same, the man is listed first (Doctor Daniel and Captain Nancy Clark).

Unless she is your invited guest and he is her “plus one,” then she is listed first (Doctor Karen Jones and Captain Paul Young).

Hope this helps in your wedding invitation addressing endeavors.

Hearts, Joy, Love!

Should I Send a Save-The-Date to My Wedding Guests?

If you are planning to celebrate your wedding over a holiday weekend, or your guest list will include a number of out-of-town guests, Save-The-Date cards should be an important part of your plan.

Generally, they are sent out as early as six months prior to the wedding date. Because they will give guests a sneak preview of the degree of formality and tome of the wedding, try to select cards that are consistent with the invitations that you will send out later.

Your Save-The-Dates don’t have to match your invitations, nor be very elaborate. Their purpose is simply to give your guests a head’s up.

Wording for your Save-The-Date cards just needs to touch on the basics:

Your intended invitees now know that they will be invited to your wedding celebration that will take place in October of 2020 in Rochester. They have time to schedule time off from work, make travel arrangements (if necessary), and any other preparations needed to attend your nuptials.

With Save-the-Date cards, there is no need for the recipient to RSVP. You do not have to include venue names and addresses. You do not have to specify a time.

All that will be included on or with the invitation, which will be sent to them at a later date.

Your Save-the-Date cards are exactly what the name implies – they allow your guests to know the date of your wedding so they can mark their calendars with the intention of attending your wedding.

Save-the-Date cards are optional. You do not have to send them at all. However, if your wedding will fall on a holiday weekend, or take place in the summer (peak vacation months for most people), or a majority of your guests will be travelling from out-of-town (making their need to make additional arrangements for travel and lodging a must), Save-the-Dates are ideal.

You can find all of the pictured save-the-dates, as well as wedding invitations and stationery at Weddings From The Heart’s Your Invitation Place. As an added bonus, everything on this site is listed at 15% off.

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6 Easy Ways to Save Money on Your Wedding Invitations

6 Easy Ways to Save Money on Your Wedding Invitations

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1. Forgo upgrades such as envelope liners and custom ink colors.

2. Order extras now. It costs less to order an additional 25 now than have to reorder 25 more later.

3. Don’t have a separate Reception Card. Instead put ceremony and reception info on same card. Saves you money, and guests will have all the information on one card.

Print Reception Information on Invitation Instead of a Separate Card

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4. Forgo the Pre-Stamped RSVP card. Instead include a link to your wedding website or your email address. Make sure you also include a phone number for guests who aren’t online.

5. Avoid square or over-sized invitations. They look stylish, but cost more to mail than standard sized ones.

6. Print it yourself. Order blank invitations (Mountain Cow is an excellent source) or purchase from your local office supply store. Be sure to get extras so you can practice.

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