Technology versus Tradition: We think you can do either! Whether it’s a choice you make based on your budget, your guests or the style of your wedding... the method you invite your guests to your wedding is yours! This week we put together some pros and cons to both ways to let your friends and family know the details of your wedding weekend.
Tradition: There's something to be said for tradition. Nowadays, it's rare to get a personalized piece of mail outside of a bill in your mailbox! Some guests even hold onto invitations for sentimental reasons.
Photography: We love the details of paper goods (including invitations!) especially when being captured by the photographer on the day of the wedding.
Custom Pieces: Letterpress, watercolor, fonts, paper type and more. It can be a fun and exciting experience to create a unique paper invitation suite that’s yours.
Collecting Addresses: Keeping tack of family and friend’s addresses is not everyone’s forte! Hunting them down can take manpower and time.
Expense: Some paper goods and design services can come with a premium. For some couples, the cost doesn’t figure into the budget.
Mailing: Weighing, purchasing postage and assembly. If not provided by your designer, they can take time and add a cost to handle printing and posting...especially when there’s a big to-do list to get to!
Spam: The dreaded junk folder. You may not know if your invitation was received and typos can cause invitations to go to the wrong person! Remember to double check email addresses.
Formality: Some feel the digital invitations are less formal and suggest that the wedding is also less formal. There are even times guests can neglect to respond to the invitation or file it and forget it.
Limited Services: Not all digital invites are created equal. It’s worth doing some research or checking out our faves below...
Still can’t decide? There are options in-between the two methods, DIY Printing with an Etsy Vendor or Digital Services like Paperless Post or Minted that offer the option of printing invitations for those guests you know are sticklers for tradition! Also, now some couples will send paper invitations and request the RSVP online! (check out our latest blog on RSVPs!)
Remember, choose the method that works for you, your wedding and your guests.
It is invitation time! This time of year, stationers are busy working on invitation suites for Cape Cod weddings. Designing invites is fun and can really set the look, feel and mood for your wedding. Whether print or digital, one of the key components of your invitation is your RSVP card and today we pull out this important part of your suite to make sure you cover all of your bases with this small, yet very important detail.
Who is Coming?
One of the biggest reasons you send an RSVP card is to see who is coming. Some of your guests may have horrible handwriting so we recommend that you discretely number the back of the rsvp card and match it with your guest name so you can easily figure out who sent it if you can't read it! Make sure this part is clear for your guests and that the date to RSVP is clear as well. Typically you will have your RSVP by date 1 month before the wedding.
If you are having a plated meal with a choice, be sure to include a place for your guests to select their meal - beef, chicken, fish, vegetarian. You do not need to include the sides. If you are not having a choice, or even if you are, your caterer or venue will most likely want to know any allergies or dietary restrictions of your guests, so add a location for guests to note that.
Now you will soon find out that not everyone is great at RSVPing, even with a self addressed stamped envelope, but you need to make it as easy as possible and be sure to include this important piece for your guests to get it back in the mail ASAP!
Looking to save on the return envelope, include a small card to have your guests RSVP online. Your wedding website may allow for it or there are sites like eventbrite.com that allow for you to set-up a place for your guests to RSVP. Check out their free event planning tools that may come in handy!
Your RSVP card can be used for other activities that weekend as well. Having a welcome reception? Have your guests also note that they are coming on one RSVP card to save on paper and stamps!
Get your guests excited for the wedding and have some fun with them on the RSVP card! Ask them for a song that would get them on the dance floor, ask them for a date night idea or what their favorite candy is for a candy station.
Like we mentioned earlier, not everyone RSVPs right away. You will most likely have to follow up with some guests after the RSVP by date to confirm if they are coming or not, so be prepared and be patient!
Plan. Relax. Enjoy.
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