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Online Wedding Invitations: Are They Tacky or Tasteful?

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While previously considered tasteless (we’re looking at you, pixelated brides) online wedding invitations have recently grown in popularity thanks to talented designers who are revamping the industry.

This means that you can now get some pretty stunning evites, either pre-designed or customised by you. And they come with a whole lot of benefits, from reduced costs to environmental-friendliness.

However, it is worth weighing up the pros and cons associated with evites, as they are generally considered to be less sentimental than printed ones.

Here are some things to consider before embarking on your quest to send off online wedding invitations:

 

Budget

Your marriage cards can eat up a large chunk of your budget, costing anywhere from a few hundred to thousands of dollars. While they do make lovely, sentimental keepsakes, many people may find them unnecessary in the digital era where communication is done primarily using the internet. By skipping the paper and going straight for evites, you could potentially save thousands.

 

Convenience

Online wedding invitations are highly convenient, allowing you to design and send out your cards in a matter of hours (as opposed to days or weeks). It’s also much easier for your guests to RSVP as they don’t have to worry about organising stamps and mailing things back in the post (which is pretty outdated) – they can respond immediately! Do keep in mind, however, that this isn’t always foolproof; there is a chance that your evites could end up in your guest’s email junk folder and go unnoticed.

 

Guests

It is worth assessing who you’re inviting before choosing to use online wedding invitations or not. While you’re free to do whatever you want, if your family is highly traditional and are unlikely to appreciate evites, you may want to consider going the paper route in order to keep them happy. Additionally, if you have a lot of older guests going who don’t use social media or the internet very much, printed cards may be easier for them to manage.

 

Eco-friendliness

Online wedding invitations are an eco-friendly and sustainable alternative to printed marriage cards. By sending them digitally you can reduce your paper consumption and help preserve the forests. It also limits fossil fuel use as you aren’t relying on the postie to deliver your cards (by motorised scooter, van or even plane).

 

Looks

Luckily, you don’t have to sacrifice convenience for aesthetics when creating marriage evites – there are so many websites which offer professionally and beautifully designed cards at affordable prices! While your cards might not look as formal as cards printed on parchment and embellished with gold, they can still look stunning with the right design. They are also easily personalised, making them an appealing option for creatively-minded folk.

 

Preferences

At the end of the day, you may simply just prefer online wedding invitations. They’re much easier to send out than printed cards, which can save you time that could instead be spent on another task – like choosing your décor or cake.  They are also becoming much more socially acceptable, and much more attractive than they used to be. And of course, if you want to print out one of your cards to save as a keepsake, you can always do just that!

Weigh up the pros and cons of getting online wedding invitations before making your decision. Whilst evites are affordable, convenient, stylish and eco-friendly, they are also less sentimental, risk going unseen by guests, and risk upsetting more traditional guests. Alternatively, you could opt to send electronic save-the-date cards and keep your marriage cards printed.

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