Finding a natural solution
My quest for thank you notes that don't require envelopes has ended! When I voiced my concerns to Tasha at Tasha Rae Designs, she developed an all-in-one square thank you note that folds up to become its own envelope:
The style shown here isn't quite what I'm looking for, but I'm certain Tasha can tweak the design easily. I think a white paper would work better with our color scheme (ivory pictured here), and the flowers need more purple saturation, but this stationery suite should work beautifully for our needs.
These notes are printed on Environment brand paper. According to their website, this paper is made with a minimum of 30 percent post-consumer fiber and meets federal procurement guidelines. All mill processes, including packaging, are environmentally preferable and certified by Green-e to be manufactured using non-polluting renewable electricity.
To top it all off, these samples were completely free—but the studio asks that instead of paying for the samples, customers donate a few dollars to their favorite charity. I chose to purchase a sheep share from Heifer International, which will help a needy family become more self-sufficient.
Now that our stationery is rolling along nicely, the next project to work on is sourcing flowers!
My sister and maid of honor is allergic to nearly all flowers, and has particular difficulty with stargazer lilies, which have always been my favorite flower. This is a bit of a problem as I found my dream bouquet on Pinterest several months ago:
Since I'm dead-set on having this particular bouquet (which is the reason we're centering our stationery design around the blue and purple orchids), we're going to use silk flowers.
While the jury is still out on whether silk flowers are better for the environment than real flowers for one-shot uses, there are several upshots of using silk flowers. They typically cost less than real flowers, I don't have to worry about harmful pesticides in my bouquet, and I can keep my bouquet indefinitely.
And my maid of honor won't go into anaphylactic shock. It's a win-win situation!
Now, to find a florist in the greater Kansas City area who has experience with silk flowers... If you have suggestions, please leave them in the comments!