The following websites offer invitation design, and they print on eco-friendly paper: Pulp & Circumstance (pulpandcircumstance.ca); Green Field Paper Company (greenfieldpaper.com/asccustompages/products.asp?categoryid=12); Plantable Papers by Bloom (plantablepaper.com); Botanical Paperworks (botanicalpaperworks.com/wedding-favors-and-invitations.php); and Smock (smockpaper.com), a new letterpress company that prints on bamboo.
Or try socializr.com, an e-mail and web-based invitation service from the creators of Friendster. Make an invite using the site’s templates and send it to guests’ e-mail accounts; they can get details and RSVP online.
The Bridal Garden (bridalgarden.org) is a New York City bridal consignment shop that offers donated couture and designer bridal gowns at up to 75 percent off the original price. The not-for-profit shop donates proceeds to children’s charities.
Encore Bridal (encorebridal.com) accepts new and gently used dresses on consignment and donates a portion of each sale to charities that support cervical cancer education and research.
Designer Anna Mkhitarian (annatarian.com) makes custom gowns out of recycled fabrics and often has a client bring pieces of her mother’s dress or a strand of her grandmother’s pearls to be used as embellishment.
Threadhead Creations (threadheadcreations.com) sells ready-to-wear dresses made from eco fabrics like hemp, starting at $475. And Rawganique.com has hemp wedding gowns starting at $350. Deborah Lindquist (deborahlindquist.com) offers a line of edgy bustier dresses (her two-piece vintage lace gown is shown here) made from hemp, silk, and vintage fabrics, starting at $875.