I spend a lot of time with my clients helping them to design the perfect invitation, whether we go to a graphic artist or choose an invitation from a book. It takes time and thought and most of all can eat into the entire wedding/event budget. How important is the invitation to you?
When answering this question you have to consider that the invitation is usually the first thing that your guest receives and it can set the tone. If you are having a themed Bar Mitzvah it can allude to the theme and create some pre-event excitement. If it is for a wedding it lets your guests get a feel for your style.
A traditional paper/snail mail invite does cost money to produce which can eat away at your wedding/event budget. Especially when you add in the cost for calligraphy, postage and the time it takes to sort and stuff your invite. And just when you think your done you find yourself standing in line at the post office having them weighed so you know how much postage to buy, but wait- still not done because after you affix the postage you will most likely want to hand cancel each invitation hoping that they will arrive to their destination as beautifully packaged as when they left your hands.
If you are tight for time and on a tight budget the paperless invite may be a great option for your. However, if you are going paperless you really need to know the age demographic of your guests. Does your 91 year old Grandmother even have email? Does she know how to use it? When the arrives in her inbox will she realize what it is? or that it is from you? And finally will she be able to open the invite and later on remember she has it? Furthermore, how do you even know if your evite even arrived in all the right inboxes? Maybe it got caught in a spam filter or some cyberspace holding cell?
What are you planning to do for your invitation? Are you going paperless? Are you having one custom made or are you choosing yours from a book?
I would love to know your thoughts and decisions on this subject. Please leave a comment and tell me what you think!