I posted this on the knot, but wanted to get the green nestie thoughts:
We live in Seattle (and grew up in California), and try to live as semi-green as possible (minimal impact, compost/recycling, eating local/sustainable as much as possible, mix of new and "redone" furniture, only have 1 car - and try to use public transportation as much as possible, etc.).
Some thoughts we've had so far for how to incorporate that green feeling into the wedding include: no flowers at reception with exception of bouquets (and even then, we're looking at other options like feathers?), reusing decor as much as possible instead of buying new, our venue provides local/organic food, soy candles, etc.
I'm torn when it comes to the "paper" aspects of our wedding. I love paper/design, and will be making our invitations myself out of partially recycled paper. We are having a reasonably formal, evening reception, and I'm using the invitations to indicate that tone (calligraphy on the envelopes, etc.).
However, we wanted to have online RSVP (FI and I both work in the computer industry, so he will be coding our wedding webpage). We'll have a phone number for those who don't want to reply online, but are we breaking a horrible etiquette rule by not providing response cards? (obviously, people could also mail us response cards if they so choose) We wanted to avoid the extra waste, plus the unnecessary transport of the envelopes.
Thoughts? Our wedding is on the smaller side (75 total including +1s), and our close friends and family obviously know how we feel about the environment.
Any other green vs. etiquette thoughts?