Why choose an online invitation anyway? Music. RSVPs. Registries. Travel. Most of the traditional event planning hullabaloo has made the transition to the digital space over the past decade. So, it seems like only a matter of time before people finally become comfortable with digital invitations when organizing their events. While paper invitations are certainly creative and memorable, their utility doesn’t go much beyond. In fact, we can think of about five good reasons why an online invitation is the way to go in the 21st century.
In the modern age, most people don’t have traditional address books or rolodex. Instead, emails and contact info in the digital age are largely stored somewhere on the cloud. This is a good thing for you as an event planner – while people still move, their primary email addresses rarely change. While lots of people will go through the hassle of collecting addresses for formal events like weddings, online invitations have become the norm for corporate and charity events, as well as more informal gatherings like birthdays or anniversaries. Online invitations allow you to use your digital address book to organize these things. And, this removes all the hassle of the old snail mail-based days.
Cost, cost, cost
The difference between the postage and actual paper costs of a few hundred traditional wedding invitations and a digital version is clear. Clear as in significantly cheaper. By choosing an online invitation, you skip out on a trip to the Post Office and a heaping chunk of change for fine-material paper invitations.
Save the planet!
This may be millennial of us, but think of all that paper you save! Instead of over a hundred individual sets of paper, envelopes, and cards, everything is done through the web. The trees and the Lorax will be so proud of you!
Who’s Pretending They Didn’t See Your Online Invitation?
Along with everything else on the web, the digital invitation sacrifices privacy for convenience. With online invitations, you can be sure of who receives your invitations, as well as communicate more easily with your entire guest list. You can also avoid things being lost in snail mail, which is another plus.
Easier guest list management
Many online invitation providers give you easier tools to keep track of data and guest info. With options like Excel spreadsheets customized from your forms, and mobile access to guest info, using an online wedding invitation lets you avoid all those notebooks and torn up seating diagrams in the past. You can also integrate them with online RSVP tools, keeping all your important info together. There are a ton of other benefits to moving to an online guest list management platform.
Sure, having a designer create your paper invitations was fun. But a computer offers you just as much ability to design your own creative online invitation. Pick fun images of yourselves to feature. Experiment with colors and patterns. Especially for those who aren’t creative souls, sites like Paperless Post and Smilebox offer awesome design tools (and sometimes even free online invitations!)
Want to learn more about what you can do with online invitations for your event? Check out the options here.