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Our top five tips for an eco-friendly wedding

If you’re looking to plan an eco-friendly wedding, you’ve come to the right place. Especially because at Printed.com, we’re always looking to reduce our environmental impact, and if we can help you do the same, well then that’s just great.

It can be said that often weddings aren’t the greenest of events. From the sheer amounts of décor to the food waste and travel necessities – it all adds up. However, more and more couples are trying their best to make their big day more environmentally friendly.

From sourcing our papers from responsible suppliers to offering a wide range of eco-friendly wedding products, with Printed.com you can enjoy greener choices without compromising on quality.

Let’s show you how!

1. Eco-friendly papers

Eco-board Table Plan

We stock a variety of papers that you can feel good about using for your wedding print. From recycled silk fibres to paper produced from post-consumer waste (PCW), the materials in our paper products are all from sustainable sources and chlorine-free.

A number of our most popular wedding papers are eco-friendly- including some of our luxury options. From the rustic texture of Kraft, to the creamy tones of Acquerello, you can add intrigue and texture to everything from Save the Dates to Thank you Cards. We also have our sustainable Eco-Board for any Large Format print, so even your Wedding Table Plan can be green.

What’s more, our recycled paper is not only 100% composed of PCW fibres but it’s also non-carcinogenic, reprotoxic, or mutagenic. Find out more about all our recycled paper options here.

2. Think about ink

Wedding Multipage Order of Service

Once you’ve chosen an eco-friendly paper, don’t forget to think about the ink you’ll be using too. At Printed.com, we use vegetable-based inks that produce beautiful, vivid images that are much easier to remove when your print goes back through the recycling process.

We also use water-based glues that are non-toxic, safe to handle, and better for the planet. If you’re interested in learning a bit more about the myths of sustainable printing (including which print products can actually be recycled and which can’t) you can find out more here.

3. Greener décor

Recycled Paper Wedding Place Cards

The perfect décor is essential for bringing your wedding’s theme to life, but they can be rife with single-use plastics. This is where you can get creative.

Candles not only add a dreamy glow to the reception, but it means you can dim or switch off some of your lights to save on electricity. Bees Wax and Soy candles are just some of the greener options, (but make sure to check with your venue that you’ll be allowed to bring them first).

If you’re in the crafty mood, there are lots of easy decorations that you can make at home or print on eco-friendly papers. If you’ve got the time (and patience) ditching the plastic bunting and creating your own with cotton is a great alternative. Or, for something really unique, you could print photo bunting on eco-friendly paper and hang with twine around the venue.

Want to know a bit more about how we’ve reduced our own plastic waste? Head here.

4. Eco-friendly wedding favours

Gift Tags

One you’ve decided on your eco-friendly paper choices, it’s time to think about favours.

Try recycling quirky objects you have lying around at home. Reuse old jars and fill with homemade jam or chutney and finish with a recyclable Gift Tag. You could even go one step further and give out seeds or bulbs as favours so every guest can give a little back to the environment when they leave.

For a few more DIY wedding favour ideas, check out our blog here.

5. Double up your print

Gate Fold Wedding Menu, Wedding Order of Service and Wedding Place Card

To save both print and money, try doubling up some of your print or reusing it throughout the day. If you’re using a Multi-Page Order of Service, maximise space by adding as much information as you can. You could even add directions to the reception on the back.

Add an RSVP section to the bottom of your Invitations that guests can tear off and send back to save print and postage. You could also add an email at the bottom so people can electronically respond instead.

So there you have it! You’re all set for your sustainable wedding day. Ready to get started? From Save the Dates and Invites, to Table Plans and Thank you Cards – you need look no further than our tailored Wedding Print Boutique.

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Caitlin is our Social Media guru and lover of all things food and travel. When she's not scrolling through TikTok you'll find her meticulously planning her next adventure abroad.

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