When choosing an invite, do you go the old fashioned way and send out paper invitations or do you join the millennial generation by sending out digital invitations? Each generation is different. The older generations love to have something physical in hand, while the younger generations prefer less clutter and would rather have everything digitally. You probably never knew this was such an important question!
According to proper wedding etiquette, paper invitations are still the way to go. That is not necessarily the case when it comes to other events. So do you follow proper etiquette or do you try something different?
Whether you are sending out invites for a wedding, bridal/baby shower or birthday consider your budget. Paper invitations can be extremely expensive depending on the company you choose or what design you go with. We have taken time choosing invitations for our fundraisers and when we find something we love, the price of it can definitely knock us back a couple of steps. The more extravagant the invitation, the more expensive it is going to be. Don’t spend above your means. If the most cost efficient thing for you is send digital invites then do your research and find the right company.
Secondly, know your audience. Are you planning an event where the majority of the guest list is the older generation? Paper invites are probably going to be the way to go. Or are you planning a birthday party for someone who is turning 21? In which case, a digital invite will be more sufficient. Know your audience and know what is going to be most appealing and ideal to them. If you decide to go with digital invites, are you going to send paper ones to those who don’t have email addresses? I have a family member who did that for their wedding. They sent out email invites and then paper ones to those who didn’t have email.
If you want a mixture of both you can send out paper invites and make your RSVPs digital. A lot of people are having their guests call, text or email their RSVPs to them. This is definitely a more progressive decision, but one positive is that it reduces the amount of paper that you use and eventually throw away. I mean people don’t keep their RSVP cards as a keepsake, so why not save money on something that is going to get thrown away anyway?
There are pluses and minuses to each option. There is always the possibility that you get an address wrong and someone doesn’t their invite, but that can happen with a digital invite too The mail could lose the invite or the digital invite could go into spam and never be seen. Digital invitations are more cost effective than paper invitations, but what fits your event the best?
There are a lot of things that need to be considered when you are choosing your invites. No matter what you decide to do, do whatever is the best for you and your event. Take everything into consideration and don’t feel pressured to go one way or another. This is your event, your money and your decision. Have fun! Invites are a great way to get creative and are a very big help in the decorating process. You can take whatever invite you go with and let that inspire your decorations!
Have fun and enjoy your event!