I don't know why I thought I could fly under the Wedding Industrial Complex‘s radar in regards to wedding planning. With my marketing and public relations background, I really should have known that once I started calling vendors, my name would wind up on someone's mailing list. Such lists rarely remain private and often companies will share (or more likely, sell) their lists to other companies.
For the last several weeks, I have been receiving regular junk mail from my area's WIC staple vendors. Travel brochures to sun-drenched beaches proclaiming honeymoon specials, pamphlets for venues with all-inclusive packages that are three times my budget, postcards from wedding dress boutiques toting the latest trunk sale, an entire guide for “local” vendors (90 minutes north of me) which I did not sign up for.
I get about one piece of this type of mail per day now, and my wedding is still eight months away! Unlike email spam, there is no easy link to click to unsubscribe to these mailings, either. […Or is there?! -Eds]
It'd be funny if these things weren't so appallingly counter to my tastes…
No, I do not want your stationery, because I find it overpriced and the suites lacking in books, dragons, 20-sided die, or anything vaguely fun. No, I do not want your flowers, because I do not want the 20% markup for buying them from a shop with a pretentious French name. My fiancée's allergies will go pretty nuts if we got a lot of flowers, anyway. I'm not one for tropical beaches, since I can't swim and you couldn't get me into a swimsuit for love or money. I'd much rather go to the Smithsonian, or whale watching in Alaska, or bum around Prague.
In short, these mass mailing pieces are irrelevant, the products advertised do not jive with my budget, and I feel sad for all the trees that died to make them.
I've come up with several solutions for what to do with all that gross junk mail:
- If your venue allows confetti, just get a heart-shaped decorative punch and go re-purpose it all into something useful!
- If you know someone who has birds, offer it as birdcage lining and be content that you're also making a small statement about your opinion on the WIC.
- We happen to be saving some of it as kindling for our fireplace this winter, and recycling the rest.
What other ways can we turn the pain of WIC junk mail into the thrill of making that unwanted crap work in your favor?