Recently, the popular news aggregate site Slate published a piece by a columnist extolling the virtues of the digital RSVP for weddings. While digital RSVPs have been a mainstay of the Internet for quite a few years now, previously they had been limited to such inauspicious mediums as Facebook Events and Evites. The convenience and portability of a digital RSVP is inarguable – these sites and others proved that, as well as proving the willingness of the everyday computer user to respond to them.
However, despite the prevalence of digital RSVP options such as these and countless others who didn’t hit it as big, the use of digital RSVPs for more formal events such as weddings, Bar Mitzvahs, corporate gatherings, and a plethora of others has been delayed a bit. Why? Well, as has been a common theme during the past decade of exponential technological innovation, traditions and cultural norms remained in the way. While everyone can probably agree on the convenience and peace of mind offered in organizing events digitally, the digital RSVP was still seen as the ultimate bad T word – tacky. Sure, you could invite all of your guests within the drop of a hat through a client like these. But what would your sister, mother, friends, grandmother, rabbi, et al think when they saw it? For years, people assumed they’d suspect the worst.
Fortunately, as more and more social traditions are flung out the window with continued technological advancements (case in point: cellphones littered across tables in even the fanciest restaurant), the digital RSVP seems to finally be getting the love it deserves. Let’s take a look at a few key reasons why the digital RSVP is quickly becoming the new normal of event planning in these halcyon days of 2014:
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