Post # 1
I’m having a destination wedding and don’t want to spend ten million dollars. Our guest list is very small and most of them already know about it. Do I really need invitations? Can I just personally call them to invite them and keep everyone updated through a wedidng website/email and phone calls? I hate to go through the expense of invitations when we are inviting less than 20 people.
Post # 3
I think invitations are a neccessity. What if someone forgets something? What if more than one person forgets something? You’ll have to repeat yourself over and over. It’s better to have everything in writing right there in their face.
Vistaprint.com is great, otherwise, get yourself some cardstock from Michael’s, design a basic layout, wording and slap it on there.
Post # 4
Yup, you need them. The good news is that, like PP said, they don’t have to cost an arm and a leg. Michael’s is probably one of the cheapest ways to get nice looking invites, especially if you watch for their 40% off sales in the mail.
Post # 5
I would do a little postcard or something… and then make a free wedding website on weddingwire or something to keep them posted. Some people just need that little piece of paper… no need to go overboard though!
Post # 6
I think you *can* get away with not having paper invitations IF 1) it’s really casual and 2) your friends are all organized and web-savvy. For example, it’s like organizing a birthday dinner via FB. Totally doable, but depends on the crowd. I’m super web-savvy so I would be totally happy with a FB event post, especially since I can just log in on my phone and get the details anywhere, instead of carrying a piece of paper. However, Darling Husband is totally old-school (he still mails out the bill payments instead of doing online payments!) and he wouldn’t like not having a piece of paper.
We had people lose our wedding invitations, so in theory, having a tangible piece of paper does not mean they have all the necessary information handy when it’s necessary. I wouldn’t just rely on a phone call but in theory, an evite + FB event page *could* work since your list is about as small as a birthday party.
Post # 7
Yes, you need them. You don’t need to spend a lot of money on them or have them professionally done. I’d hit an office supply store for paper and make something on a computer and print away!
Post # 8
I’d probably make a VistaPrint invite or something like that for a keepsake, but I agree you don’t need to spend a lot. I’m sure most people will be happy with personal emails & Phone calls.
Post # 9
id make them- or get postcard from staples or vista print..they are super cheap..or heck even the craft stores you can get a print your own for under $40 ( less with coupon)
i think there should be some sort of formal invite…but no need to spend a lot of $$
Post # 11
Hmmm….I do love postcards myself, maybe I can get some Caribbean themed ones and send those with a handwritten message? Woohoo! I think that’s a keeper idea! Thank you all so much for responding!
Post # 12
@txgal: You can get wedding invitation packages at walmart (In canada anyways?) with 50 sets of everything (invitation, response cards, envelopes, etc) that you just pop into your printer.. for $19.99! I would go this option 🙂 They are quite nice for the price!!
Post # 13
Oh I just saw your caribbean themed post card idea.. that is a great idea!! You can probably buy post cards for $1 with postage paid (I really have no idea?) Therefore it would literally cost you less that $20!!
Post # 14
- Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA
No, definitely not! My sister did her wedding invites through Paperless Post, both for financial and environemental reasons. They send emails that link to a special personalized online invitation, and it looks really nice. I think I’m going to do the same thing, along with postcard Save the Dates about 9 months out…
Post # 15
I did my invitations with card slock and a printer. They were creative so even though they were super cheap they went off well.
Post # 16
If people are going out of there way to spend tons of money to attend your Destination Wedding, I think you can go out of your way to spend a little bit of money on invites.
I got invited to a wedding via e-mail once, and I was a bit put off they couldn’t put in the effort to send a paper invite (especially since it was clear I was already a D list invite!) I still went and didn’t let it bother me THAT much but I think it is poor form. The invitation also sets the tone for the wedding and what to expect – I had NO idea how formal the wedding was going to be or what was appropriate to wear since I didn’t see the invite. I had to ask the bride all of these questions directly, which can typically be inferred from an invitation.