Post # 1
I got married earlier this year, and in between hand addressing all of the invitations, plus hand writing individual thank you note to each guest or gift giver AND addressing all of the envelopes, the thought of sitting down to address envelopes for holiday cards makes my hand hurt. On top of that, work is crazy busy and we are trying to save money. This is why sending out a holiday card via email has become more appealing the more I think about it.
I’ve received emailed holiday cards in the past and thought they were great! I also do appreciate the mailed cards we get each year. I’m just happy to receive any well wishes during the holiday season, regardless if a card is printed or digital.
With that said, I know not everyone feels the same. Especially the older generation. Has anyone sent out digital holiday cards in the past, and if so, were they well received? I’m of the mindset that any card is better than no card at all, but I know there are some sitcklers for the etiquette. And if it will be considered incredibly rude, then perhaps we’ll wait until next year, when we have (hopefully) more time and money to print and order cards.
Any thoughts are appreciated! Thanks so much!
Post # 2
I think it’s fine either way, that said, I prefer physical cards myself. Can you just print address labels? I printed my return labels + address labels so all I have to do is slap those on and a stamp and it’s super easy.
Post # 3
I much prefer mailed cards myself. But I really don’t think it matters much overall. Some people are not going to like digital cards much. Some people will love it and appreciate you saving paper. Some people don’t care much about cards period. If I wanted to send digital cards then that’s what I’d send!
Post # 4
Since holiday cards are entirely voluntary and etiquette does not dictate that you send them (as opposed to thank you cards for instance), I can’t see how a digital version can be rude. That said, in your situation, I would probably forgo them all together this year. Part of the fun of holidays cards (at least for me) is getting something physical in the mail and displaying them during the season. But no, I wouldn’t think you are rude at all for sending a holiday card that happend to be digital. And from an environmental standpoint, it’s probably a better idea.
Post # 5
I don’t think online cards are inherently less personal than the mass produced, preprinted kind, without an individual note. I don’t really care for either of those two options.
Post # 6
I perfer not to get holiday cards. Save your self the trouble and don’t send them this year.
Post # 7
tressasrich : I like physical cards because I love getting real mail. That said, I’m not going to be upset by an e-card, I’d just find it a bit impersonal because all it requires is typing in email addresses. Kinda pointless. If I were you I’d skip it this year or only send cards in return to those who initiate. You’ve written enough!
Post # 8
I would rather not get a card than get an e-card. I think they are tacky and annoying. I also don’t care if I get holiday cards or not and do not send them.
Post # 9
Thanks everyone for your input! It was very helpful!
I’m leaning toward just sending out an emailed card, especially since this is our first holiday season as a married couple and I want to start the tradition of sending something out each year (next year, we’ll hopefully start sending out mailed cards). I’ll have to confer with the husband and see what he thinks.
Of course, I know some people will think our digital cards are tacky/rude, but if I learned anything during my wedding planning process, it’s that someone will always find fault with what you decide to do 🙂 I’ll just stick with “It’s the thought that counts”! Thanks, again!