Lovely and Fresh INK+WIT Wedding Invitations

I’ve been a fan of INK+WIT for years now, and this shop just keeps getting better and better, with a wider range of product offerings, not to mention some beautiful stationary choices for your green wedding.

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Tara Hogan, the design genius behind INK+WIT has a fresh outlook and notes that the main goal of INK+WIT is to, “Collaborate closely with clients [while helping to] solve the design problem with informative objectives and heartfelt intelligence.”

Although I think it’s always greener to go paper-free with your wedding invites, that’s just not a reality for many couples, so your next goal should be beautiful, but more sustainable paper products. Luckily, Hogan’s products may fit your need perfectly. Her goodies are often made of materials such as repurposed wood, 100% post consumer recycled paper and 100% cotton paper made from recovered tree-free fibers.

Her wedding invitations are fresh, pretty and simple, yet elegant. Also, sweetly unique. Your invites could be one of a kind if you go the custom route (custom orders are welcome). You can contact INK+WIT to get your hands on a full ready-made look-book and pricing as well.

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Family Tree Wedding Guestbook Where Guests Can “Leaf” Their Names

My favorite green wedding guestbook of all time is probably Crearting’s amazing wooden tree journal. But that doesn’t mean I can’t like more than one guestbook, and this one below is adorable.

Family Tree Wedding Guestbook

A tree is a symbol of life, so what could be better than this lovely 3D tree wedding guestbook? This sweet Family Tree Wedding Guestbook offers plenty of exquisite detail and can be kept forever as a wonderful work of art. This tree includes two love birds on a tree branch portrayed as the bride and groom with a heart above them that includes their initials and wedding date. You can choose to have the heart on the trunk of the tree as well.

Tree Wedding Guestbook

The tree guestbook comes in four sizes:

  • Small Wedding: 45 leaves – up to 65 guests
  • Medium Wedding: 87 leaves – up to 127 guests
  • Large Wedding: 100 leaves – up to 150 guests
  • XL Wedding: 150 leaves – up to 225 guests

Family Tree Wedding Guestbook Leaves

This tree is made by Heartwork Memories, home of modern and unique Wedding Guestbooks, Prints, and Personalized Gifts. All items used to make the tree are acid free, archival and non-toxic. NOTE: The frame is not included. The wedding guestbook does come with a mat that fits into a 20×20 shadow box frame.

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Eco-friendly Tote Bag Favor Idea

A nice favor idea for a green wedding is a reusable bag, and this one is really cute…

Eco Friendly Tote Bag Favor

These eco-friendly tote bag favors look great on your tables and encourage your guests to reduce and reuse. Each tote is made of all-natural cotton and printed with a “go green” eco- conscious message: “Reuse, conserve, recycle, sustain.”

Eco Friendly Tote Bag Favors

These are also way more affordable than you might think –  if you have the typical amount of guests (138), it’ll cost you around $2.30 per favor. Not bad for a reusable wedding favor.

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Sustainable vineyard terms

A beautiful vineyard can be a wonderful honeymoon destination or even an excellent venue for your wedding.  If you’re planning a green wedding, you’re in luck, because sustainable vineyards abound, making it within easy reach to plan either a honeymoon or wedding at a vineyard.

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Before looking at vineyard locations, it might help you out to see some common terms associated with eco-vineyards.

Vineyard: This is a catch-all term that describes a plantation of grapevines used to make wine. Many vineyards are used not only for wine but for producing table grapes, raisins and non-alcoholic grape juices and more as well. Many vineyards consist of much more than just grape-growing land. Often vineyards feature orchards, gardens, lodging, restaurants, event structures and more attractions.

Viticulture: This is the actual science, practice and study of vineyard production and farming.

Honestly, most vineyards are amazing to visit and unique in their own way, but they are not all sustainable. Look for the terms below if you want a green wedding.

Organic vineyards:  Organic wines, made at organic vineyards, are made without synthetic or toxic pesticides, fertilizers, or herbicides and the wines won’t have added sulfites. Organic wine in general can be grown and made on a non-organic vineyard, but part of the land must be separated from the regular vineyard and used only for organics.

Vegan wines: Vegan wines are made with no animal derived products (which are sometimes used in the last processes of wine making).

Biodynamic vineyards: These vineyards employ a holistic approach to wine making. While they’re not technically organic they do safer wine making, as well as ethical farming and place importance on soil choices, compost, and other issues that may naturally enhance and regulate plant (or in this case vine) growth. This is a tricky term – learn more about biodynamics.

Salmon safe vineyards: These are a big deal where I live in the Pacific Northwest. These vineyards protect and restore salmon habitats. They grow cover crops to control run-off, use natural or organic methods to control pests and weeds, and plant trees on streams.

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How much money should you spend on green wedding favors?

There is no set rule about the specific amount you should spend on wedding favors. It’s going to vary greatly wedding to wedding, and while you don’t have to give favors, it’s a nice touch, especially if you are accepting wedding gifts (which you also don’t have to do).

Planning how much to spend

Some say to plan on spending about 3% of your total wedding budget on favors, but that’s not a hard and fast rule. It might be better to simply look at your budget and after the ceremony, cake, dress and other items you consider super essential, see what’s left-over for favors.

You can also play with different amounts based on your guest list.  Obviously your guest list is going to weigh in big time. For example, if you spend $3 a favor on 150 guests that’s $450, but if that guest list grows to 300 guests, you’re looking at $900 for favors.

300 guests is likely high though. The Wedding Reports notes that average number of guests attending a 2011 wedding was 138, but still you get the picture – the more guests the higher the costs.

Green favors are a bit different

Eco-friendly wedding favors do often cost more than their conventional counterparts, but keep in mind you get what you pay for.

Example –> you can get wrapped Hershey wedding bars for around $1 a pop, but Hershey supports child labor and is non-organic and GMO. Candy from an ethical company who pays their workers fairy and uses organic ingredients and green business practices will almost always cost more, but if your goal is a green and/or ethical wedding, it makes sense to pay more in some cases.

Later we’ll look at some tips to help lower green wedding favor costs.

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