It’s no secret that technology has become a huge part of our society but the big question on everyone’s mind is, how much of an influence should it have at your wedding? In many recent ceremonies, wedding guests have utilized social media to send congratulations to the happy couple and share pictures with those who were unable to make it. Some couples have even gone so far as to designate a specific hashtag for guests to use when sharing pictures from their wedding online. When you think about it, it really is a great way to consolidate all of these pictures in one convenient place!
But what about the use of technology beyond picture-taking? Would you ever consider forgoing the traditional print invitations and opting for e-invites? Wall Street Journal technology columnist, Farhad Manjoo, shared his own story on Slate of the heated debate he and his not-so-tech-savvy wife had about this very subject before tying the knot in 2009.
In his wife’s mind, online invitations just aren’t elegant enough because they are delivered via email, which is seen as more of a “casual” form of communication. Manjoo’s wife and other like-mined individuals believe that online invites are incapable of conveying “the same sense of importance as paper-and-ink invitations received in the mail.” On top of that, what do you do when it comes to other guests who aren’t internet-savvy and don’t really use email?
Well to address that last point first, this can certainly be an issue; you can’t get away from paper completely in a situation like this and at that point, why not use it for everyone? Well consider the fact that, depending on your demographic, let’s say that the majority of your guests are decently young or at least capable of maneuvering around the internet. That means that the majority of your invites can be done online, making the majority of your invites free. If there a handful of guests that just won’t be able to use email, there are plenty of great websites that offer beautiful and inexpensive invitations that would be perfect.
As for the fear that e-vites just aren’t fancy enough for a wedding, try to keep in mind that with the technology takeover, the idea of sending out invitations online has become increasingly popular – meaning people have worked really hard to provide a variety of beautiful and high-quality options. Sure, even if you find a great e-vite, it still may not be right for the event – but if you’re planning to have a laidback, informal wedding, there’s absolutely no reason not to opt for delivery via email. An added bonus: paperless invites are the greener way to go!
We promise you, no one will turn their nose up at you for trying to save a bit of money on invitations so that you can spend a little more on something you really, really want for your special day. If they do, well then there is always a “Regretfully Decline” option on the RSVP. Ultimately the only opinions that should matter in this case are that of you and the one you are marrying.
So what do you think? Would you consider e-vites for your wedding? Why or why not?