DIGITAL OR TRADITIONAL: INVITES AND RSVPS

 Swoon Invite and Stationery design

Sunny and Swoon

 

You’re engaged. You’ve set the date. You can’t wait to sit down and start planning all the finer details of your day – you’ve had Pinterest boards filled with inspiration for every aspect; floral arrangements to bridesmaids dresses, to reception venues and honeymoon destinations. You start writing your to-do list.

At the top? Guest list.

Up next? Send out save the dates to guest list.

So many traditions have gone digital – sending handwritten letters has been overtaken by email, and most important communication is done, or at least documented online. So when it comes to sending out save the dates, invites and RSVPs, can going digital really take the cake? Digital invites and RSVPs are becoming progressively more common, along with customised, personal websites replacing the traditional wedding album, gift registry and more. Both have their pros and cons but when choosing between the two, what will be the deciding factor for you? Here are a few points to consider about opting for a digital invite and wedding website. 

 

Squarespace wedding website example

The “Charlotte” website template by Squarespace

 

DIGITAL PROS

SIMPLE, MINIMALIST AND ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY

Save paper, and consider an environmentally friendly option – a personalised wedding website not only means saying goodbye to hundreds of paper invites, but you can also ditch your notebook wedding planner and access everything from your phone, no matter where you are. You can also keep inspirational photos, event and vendor contact info and notes all in one place! There are also plenty of wedding apps that work in a similar way.

 

COST EFFECTIVE (AND STYLISH!)

Like the idea of a wedding website, but not sure about the cost? Luckily, there are so many platforms that will allow you to design your own website for free! You can customise to suit your taste and allow for special functionality such as online RSVP, so get creative! Check out Squarespace for examples of what a beautiful personalised website has to offer. 

 

EASY TRACKING

No more paper invites or RSVPs gone astray – you can keep track of your guests’ responses by sending a link online, and watching the responses flow into a list. Keep track of your event planning all in one space, follow up with guests you haven’t heard from and update them with any new information as it happens!

 

EASY SHARING

It’s not just about the formal details – with a personalised website, you can tell the story of how you two met, the proposal story, and is the perfect space to share a few engagement photos! Your guests will truly feel like they know your story – and will get even more excited to see the two of you officially tie the knot. You can also include an online wedding registry, so your guests know where you’re registered, or the details on how to contribute to your favourite charity or honeymoon fund. If your guests will be in need of accommodation, you can also provide links to the places you’d recommend. 

 

From the “Aubrey” website template by Squarespace

 

DIGITAL CONS

WHEN TECHNOLOGY GOES WRONG

While your invitation may not necessarily go missing, it could easily end up being swamped among an array of other emails and go overlooked – or end up in the spam folder! While websites make it easy to follow up with people, it’s important to confirm that each guest did indeed receive your email invite.

 

ACCESSIBILITY

While many are up to speed with the digital age, not everyone is digitally connected. Your relatives may very well be stuck in the dark ages of technology and prefer to receive an invite through the post instead. You could consider sending out a few special paper invites, alongside your digital invites to the rest!

 

Wedding Stationery by Friday Feels Paper

Wedding Stationery by Friday Feels Paper

 

TANGIBILITY

There’s just something about a paper invite – the excitement of it arriving in the mail, or adding it to photo albums or scrapbooks as a keepsake. Sometimes there’s nothing better than having a tangible item for your guests to remember the day!