Green Wedding Invitations

Posted on November 15, 2010 by The Modern Gal


When I jumped into wedding planning, I had no idea how much stationary was involved in the whole shebang, let alone the cost of it all. Stationers and paper companies are making a mint off brides and grooms! When you start consulting the wedding guides, they suggest you have the standard wedding invitations (of course), complete with response cards and perhaps reception cards if you have two different venues; then there’s the ‘save the date’ notice and the thank you cards that match your invitations and the fancy envelopes for them all. Phew.

I admit, I’d not really considered going paperless for it all until I found out about a cool new wedding e-invitation website, Greenvelope. Before seeing Greenvelope, my impressions of e-invitations consisted of cheesy designs and animated gifs and such — great for maybe the bachelorette party, but probably not kosher for the wedding itself. Greenvelope has such a wide array of designs that would suit anyone’s taste. I’m not the girliest of gals so I really like the more modern designs. Recipients will be treated to an (un-cheesy) animated envelope and invitation that looks as if they’re opening a real envelope.

But there’s some other things that make Greenvelope even better. You can keep track of everything on the website: guests’ email addresses, snail mail addresses, RSVPs and other guest information. You can e-mail your entire guest list at any time, like say if you need to mention a change in the wedding day schedule or something. If you haven’t planned a wedding before, then I cannot stress how difficult it can be to take care of all this stuff on your own.

The best perk of all from Greenvelope? They donate a percentage of profits to environmentally conscious non-profit organizations. So in addition to saving trees, you’re financially helping others to do good things for our Earth.

Prices are extremely reasonable too. If you’re just interested in doing an e-Save the Date, those are totally free. Greenvelope offers two packages of e-invitation suites and services at the prices of $99.99 and $149.99, depending on the level of service you’re getting. Compared to paper invitations which can cost $300 and up, that’s a great deal!

If you’re interested in Greenvelope’s service, they’re offering 25% off one of their packages with the coupon code “thegreenists”. Check them out!

3 Comments +

  1. I love the idea of e-invitations, especially save-the-dates. And I love that Greenists readers get a discount!

    November 15th, 2010 at 10:32 am
    Comment by Courtney
  2. Naw – I have to disagree with this one. I’m all for going paperless, but for a wedding invitation it doesn’t seem like a good idea.

    First, you have to be SURE the recipient is going to open the e-mail and not delete it as junk or a potential virus. If I *do* know what it is and open it, I’m going to have to be sure I put it somewhere where I know how to find it in my e-mail account – because you know some people are going to delete it by accident later on.

    Secondly, the guest is probably going to print out the invite, as well as directions, possibly more than once. I know I would; just to be sure I have all the information and I won’t lose it. So you’re not NOT using paper.

    I agree with doing away with all the paper waste and ephemera that sometimes accompanies those invites. However, a simple invitation can be made easily – I made and printed my own on one sheet very cheaply. I like to have the information I need in my hand so I can go to my FUTURE PAPER file and have it at my fingertips in a moment, without having to go to an electronic device.

    For a “save the date” it seems like it would be fine. If I got a thank-you that way, I’d be peeved.

    November 15th, 2010 at 11:55 am
    Comment by Dassel
  3. I don’t know. . . I’m more likely to lose an invite if it’s paper. Paper in our house gets lost fast. We’re just not that organized. So, I’d welcome an online invite – I can just to a search for it in my inbox when I need to find it again. I know there’s a lot of tradition involved in paper invites, but I’m not sentimental about that. And I’d be fine with an e-mail thank you too. I think a personal, thoughtfully worded e-mail would beat a hastily signed card any day. Plus, I never know what to do with cards after I’ve read them. I feel like I shouldn’t toss them, but do I really need to keep every card I’ve ever gotten?

    November 15th, 2010 at 12:03 pm
    Comment by Allie

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