Green Wedding Invitations

Handmade PaperWe went this afternoon to order wedding invitations from Twisted Limb Paperworks.  I really like the company and concept and think the owner/president is a very cool lady but their products are rather expensive.  Actually, I think invitations in general are ridiculously overpriced.  Will and I were planning our own invitations but my mom gave us a gift certificate to Twisted Limb and it suddenly became quite affordable.

Twisted Limb makes handmade colored paper out of used office paper, paper bags, junk mail, and grass clippings from the field behind their office.  The quality and variety are pretty impressive and we should have asked for a tour but we were busy trying to decide between the endless possible combinations.  We had to choose a cardstock color, two different handmade paper colors, two different flower mix-ins (that they add to the handmade paper while it’s being made), two different font colors, and two different font types.  We made our decision within half an hour, which impressed the owner greatly.  She says couples have burst into huge arguments in their office or have sat and deliberated for hours on the perfect combination.  We were impressed by how she guided us through the process and was supportive of our choices but obviously was not just pandering to us since she did put her foot down and told us we were not even to consider using the black plastic fasteners because it would be an ugly combination.

Twisted Limb has partnered with several area retailers to create a “green” wedding package, an idea that seems pretty cool.  The retailers on the list that I know are really serious about being environmentally conscious but many of them were things we’re either planning to do on our own (flowers) or things we’re not planning to do at all (cosmetics).  I think people often overlook the “green” option of “doing without.”  Anyway, it’s nice to have one more item (almost) checked off the list and to know we will have nice, 98% recycled invitations.

I guess we can’t really check it off until we decide what the invitations will actually say.

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    Angel said,

    June 11, 2008 @ 7:15 am

    Wow! Those papers look great! I know when we were looking around for papers for our invitations, I had alot of trouble finding something recycled that I could accurately tell would look nice (since I could only since the images online) and it was hard to tell with papers sometimes whether I would have been able to use them myself or not without the touch test, since we printed our own invitations. If I remember correctly, I think the response cards were 98% recycled, but I can’t remember what the invitations were. I think they were a handmade paper made without bleach. . . or they could have been a rag paper. I can’t remember now. They still ended up looking different than what I saw online, but they did the job.

    In either case, I wish I’d know about Twisted Limb. I probably wouldn’t have been able to afford them, but I could have drooled over the papers.

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    Student Doctor Green said,

    June 11, 2008 @ 9:20 pm

    I can’t even imagine getting into a fight over paper! That’s crazy. I like that you guys are doing unconventional stuff that’s green with the plans.

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    All's quiet on the wedding front | GreenCouple.com said,

    June 11, 2008 @ 9:27 pm

    […] the house-buying process, Maggie and I are working our way through our wedding list. We ordered our invitations, but we still have to figure out exactly what to say. Since we were at the library yesterday, we […]

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    Will said,

    June 11, 2008 @ 9:29 pm

    Yeah, I have a hard time imagining it as well. Having read a lot about weddings, it sounds like a lot of people have unreasonable expectations, so they can’t handle any small diversions from the “perfect” experience they’ve imagined.

    Maggie and I tend to have the opposite problem, where it’s hard to decide things because we both think that pretty much anything will work… :)

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