It finally happened. You guys got engaged. You set a date. Now it's time for one of the most important steps in your wedding journey.
Don't know where to start? Want some helpful tips on whether you should choose traditional print invitations or electronics?
We are here to help!
The decision process is actually quite simple. I will ask a simple question regarding wedding invitations. Here it is:
Which type of invitation would you be most excited about receiving?
Option 1: Getting an Email Invitation
Let's be honest.
Wedding invitations sent through email is usually cheaper and can even be more convenient, especially when trying to chase down that cool aunt who never seems to RSVP to anything you send.
Also, depending on what service you use, other people can see who is going and who has been invited. This of course is a double-edged sword...everyone will know that you didn't invite your weird cousin to your wedding. Sorry (not sorry) Jamie!
Here is the problem with email invitations:
1. They are cheap. Everyone will know you didn't want to spend any money.
2. They do not exist in the physical world. There is nothing to hold.
3. Since they are in email, you are extremely limited in the designs and styles of the invitation. No cool ribbons, or bedazzlements or anything else that is fun to touch. Talk about boring!
4. Since everything is online, everyone can see who is invited, who doesn't want to come and who has RSVP'd. There is hardly any privacy when it comes to the net. This lack of privacy makes it much harder to make...better guest arrangements.
Now, let's go to Option 2.
Option 2: Getting an invitation in the mail
So, the mailman stops by and drops of the usual bills and junk. But wait! There is a fancy looking grey envelope. What is that? What ever could it be?
You run to your mailbox and fish out the special envelope just like you did when trying to get the toy from the cereal box.
Suspense. Drama. Action. Excitement.
All from an envelope you haven't even opened yet. Amazing right?
The reasons why Traditional Paper Invitations are awesome:
1. Style!! You can send almost anything you want. Some unusual shape, fabric, color, a giant box full of confetti. It doesn't matter. The options are endless! With the help of a great designer (cough we're pretty good ) you can send the perfect invitation that really shows off your own style and sets the tone for your wedding day.
2. Convenience. Yes, even using the mail can make things less frustrating. I don't know about you, but my family is afraid of technology. How would I be able to send an invitation to my Gran Gran if she hasn't touched anything but a calculator in 10 years? The good thing about having an address is that everyone has an address. If the IRS can find you, so can your wedding invitation. Comforting right?
3. Clear Intentions. You can say exactly who your card is for. "John and Guest", "Johnsons", "Johnny (and not his girlfriend)". If people share an email address or a Facebook account, the waters get murky and feelings could get hurt. An invitation in the mail keeps everything clear and simple!
4. Privacy. Besides a crazy person going through your mail every now and then, mail is relatively private. Your Uncle Tim in California won't know that Aunt Jude in Wyoming received an invitation. That is, until they talk about it. Since everything is not online for everyone to see, you can invite and not invite anyone you choose. This will help save face for any awkward or embarrassing situations that otherwise would have been created in an online invitation.
5. It's physical baby. We can touch, feel, smell, hold and keep our invitations on our refrigerator or in a box... forever if we want. I'm pretty sure Google will auto-delete emails after 30 days if you don't save them. Talk about sentimental.
At the end of the day, it's your wedding and your decision. Just remember, it's extremely important to set the right tone you want for your wedding.
It all comes down to what you are looking for.
Looking for something fast, cheap and less personal? Send your invitation via email.
Want Elegant? Classy? An event definitely worth remembering?
Definitely send the printed invitation.
The design process is fun and we are here to help!
Let us know which one you choose. We would love to hear your story.