The Modern War of Invites vs Evites
To send a paper invitation or an evite – that is the question. Nowadays, the internet and the digital technology replaced the classical ways of communication. No one is surprised anymore when your grandparents start following you on Twitter or comment on your pictures on Facebook. These days, almost everyone has access to computers, smartphones, tablets and whatever other digitalized communication instrument. We’ve researched more on this topic and created a super wedding planning course you can check out here.
But what should you do when it comes to your wedding invitations? Should you stick to the well know traditions and start buying stamps or should you just use one of those smart apps and create an evite? Will your older guests know how to open your email or will they ignore it? Is it cheaper to hire a graphic designer or do you have the skills to create them yourself? Wouldn’t be easier to go to the company who is in charge with the decoration for your wedding to help you chose an awesome design for a paper invitation? These are questions that will pop up in your mind when organizing your wedding. Read on some advice that will help you choose the most appropriate approach for inviting your guests to your wedding.
Should you use a physical invitation?
Even if the traditional paper invitations need some extra money added to the wedding budget, they add some class and give a specific tone and personality to the upcoming event.
Another great thing about the classic invitations is that they can help you reveal the theme or the decorating style of the event. The invitation’s design sends hints to your guests and makes them understand what is going to be the atmosphere of the party, and what type of clothing should they wear.
If you’re a nature lover and want to be green while still using paper invitations, you can encourage your guest to bring them to the wedding and recycle them together. It’s your party and your invitations – make the most of the paper you’ve printed them on.
The biggest cons of the paper invites are costs and communication. Depending on the paper type, its size, the model you choose, and the number of copies, the invitations can get quite pricey.
Should you use an evite?
It is a well-known fact that evites gain popularity more and more every year. Ensuring you have a current address of all guests can be tough and time-consuming. The social media platforms made it easier for the groom and bride to manage their guest list by incorporating event planning apps into their user experiences. If you have an internet connection, all you need is an evite design, an e-mail and a list of friends (like the one from Facebook).
The evites are clearly cheaper than the printed invitations, but they can be limiting when it comes to design and content (which are usually driven by templates provided via the site you’re using). Even so, managing your guest list and communication is by far much easier. In most cases you have a live tally of accepted RSVP’s and declined invitations. Still, it is a bit sad that your guests won’t have a hard copy of anything to remember the wedding.
If both types of invitations still sound appealing to you and you cannot decide, then these small and practical pieces of advice will help you understand the necessity and the purpose of each one of them.
It is best to send a physical invitation:
1. If more than 30% of your guest are not accessible via the internet
2. If the event requires more than a simple “yes/no” RSVP
3. If the event is scheduled more than 30 days away
4. If it’s a once in a lifetime event (your wedding should be in this category )
It is fine to send an evite:
1. If more than 80% of the guest list are accessible via email
2. If the event doesn’t require a RSVP
3. If the event is less than 30 days away
4. If you’ve already been married at least once and want to save money with wedding planning.