Post # 1
I had a cousin send digital save the dates. My grandma, while she can at least handle a smartphone and a computer for the most part, she is still old fashioned and was rather irritated by this. I still have a some older family who aren’t so tech savvy, so I don’t think it would really work for me as a whole.
We plan on utilizing our wedding website for RSVPs to save on cost of the extra postage and RSVP cards. Plus, it’s really easy to organize everything on the site. Of course, we are going to add a phone number to call on the invitations, for the few guests who don’t have access to a computer. Honestly, I’ve found it hard enough to justify a lot of costs for the wedding. We managed to get invitations to a point where I can almost justify it.
What do you guys think of the digital vs. traditional paper debate?
Post # 3
Just to add my opinion on the issue, Like I said, I think we are offering enough flexibility on RSVPs, but there’s points where you just can’t beat the old fashioned style. I wouldn’t even think about sending online invitations for the wedding, though I might be able to deal with them for a shower, or other events.
We’re probably breaking a rule by having our designer print addresses on our envelopes as it is. A calligrapher is no where close to fitting into the budget, and at least we’re not printing labels and sticking them on. For us, hand writing all the addresses would probably be a bad idea. Both my fiance and I have terrible handwriting. My grandma is the only person I know with halfway reasonable handwriting, and as much as my dad like the idea, I am not making her address 100 envelopes.
Post # 4
I think thething about caligraphy is totally old fashioned and very few people expect that anymore.
I also think tha there is nothing traditional about save the dates to begin with, so logically electronic should be fine.
On eeasy way to get around the electronic/old people issues is to simply provide them with an alternative. For example, print rsvp cards for them only, or call them to let them know to save the date.
I personally did electronic save the dates and mailed invitations. However, with the invitations I put the website address for RSVPs and added all extra info there instead of in with the invite. Because we had a DW there was plenty of info to include so I wanted a more robust, updateable option. Plus there was only one person on my guest list who isn’t comfortable with the internet.
Post # 5
Even being a tech savvy person, I still think paper invitations are most appropriate for a wedding. Electronic RSVPs are ok but like you said you need a back up option. We opted for paper RSVPs.
Post # 6
I don’t see a problem with the digital Save the Dates. They are a relatively new thing, aren’t they? I wouldn’t want to send a digital wedding invitation though.
We had people e-mail or phone in their RSVP. I think it’s just easier for everyone in general.
Post # 7
@MintTurquoise: I don’t know where you’re from but I know in Canada, they just announced stamps will be going up to $1 and they’re phasing out all door to door delivery across the country in the next five years.
It seems as though digital may be the way to go to me? For save the dates especially. I would send out real invites personally but I think you could get away with digital save the dates! 🙂
Post # 8
@lalalyanne: +1 and many invitations need 2 stamps, not just one. People are starting to spread out, it’s becoming common for coworkers to be in different locations. I think invitations are slowly going to go digitial, but they aren’t fully accepted quite yet.
For save the dates, I see no problem with doing digital ones. Most of mine were done by phone.
Post # 9
We sent electronic STD’s and paper invitations with an RSVP to a website. There are only a few “non-tech savy” people who wouldn’t know how to do this, and my parents are handling them (since it’s grandparents).
My friend in AB sent out paper invites to the older VIP group (so she only had to order maybe 20) and sent the rest of us electronic verisons which everyone seemed fine with. I seem to recall her RSVP was via email too.
I don’t see how people can get that upset about a digital save the date, but maybe if you know there will be a few fiesty one just order cute ones off of weddingpaperdivas.com or some similar site to keep them happy?
Post # 10
- Wedding: October 2014 - Church
@MintTurquoise: I personally think that paper is better because it is more accessible by a variety of ages, etc.. Instead of having a calligrapher why not just use the printer? I saw a suggestion of a cheat technique that uses very faint grey ink from the printer which you can trace over again.
Post # 11
- Wedding: October 2014 - Church
@lalalyanne: I could have sworn it was $.85? Nevermind, that’s for rolls (go to Costco or order from the postal website!). No more permanents, either! Man, CP kinda sucks 🙁