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Paper or digital? wedding/ event invitation etiquette

September 22, 2011 | Posted in Events, Trends, Weddings

It’s no surprise how quickly technology emerges and integrates into our daily lives. Although it has its advantages and disadvantages, today we ask the question of the role of technology in the wedding industry.

Is it improper to send out wedding invitations via E-mail or through a digital medium versus a traditional paper invitation?

Although every wedding has its own circumstances and variations based on the couple, we decided to analyze the pros and cons of each side.


Digital invitations:

Pros +

+1: No postage stamps required.

+1: Environmentally friendly. No paper required.

+1: Inexpensive. Many websites will let you customize your own for little to no cost.


Cons –

-1: If you are looking to invite the grandparents, they are probably not tech savvy.

-1: Mass E-mail distribution sites can sometimes be marked as spam and can get lost in cyberspace.

-1: Depending on the style of the message, can set the tone in a cheap way. A traditional wedding with an e-vite? Not so much.


Paper invitations:

Pros +

+1: are easily created and customizable to the couple’s theme/ personality. No template required.

+1: are portable for guests driving to your location for both the church and the reception.

+1: understandable by all ages and do not come with a computer incompatibility error.


Cons –

-1: postage stamps, card paper, and any specialized calligraphy writing will add up $$$ very quickly.

-1: depending on if one makes the invites or buys them, one has to consider gas and labor.

-1: takes longer to deliver and receive RSVP. Bridal party will have to develop manual system of RSVP.





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