When it comes to invitations, I’m old-fashioned. And not particularly eco-friendly…because I love a paper invitation. I just do. There. I said it.
The special envelope and paper, the fancy handwriting, the pretty stamp all say to me, “You are important, and I really want you to be here.” I happen to have a ginormous file of invitations that I have saved as keepsakes. On a yucky day, pulling out this file is a Silver Lining because it gives me the opportunity to look at and remember good times.
I used an online invitation service once. I fully acknowledge that it was less expensive and incredibly efficient; however, I felt really yucky about it. It just didn’t feel as personal or as warm.
When I feel a tad guilty (actually, post-FBC I don’t really feel that emotion any more – Silver Lining) about sending paper invitations, I figure that there are other ways to both save money and be eco-friendly:
- Choose vendors committed to recycling or caterers who feature locally grown products or farm-to-table menus. You will support the environment, agriculture and your local economy (Triple Silver Lining!)
- Use online planning tools to keep digital lists and contacts.
How about you? Paper or Paperless?