Who says wedding invitations and save-the-dates have to be printed? Going paperless can be a great way to save money, and email wedding invitations can be romantic, lovely affair, just like their physical counterparts. "Invitations, whether they're online or in-print, are the first piece of part of your wedding that your guests will interact with and they absolutely set the tone for your wedding and what your guests can expect," says Seattle-based wedding planner Julia Pavlovski. If you're considering digital wedding invitations, we say go for it. With the right approach and attention to detail, you can create all the panache of a traditional invitation at a significantly lower cost. Here's everything you need to know about going paperless.
Meet the Expert
Julia Pavlovski is a Seattle-based wedding planner.
1. Lower Cost
The average cost of physical wedding invitations is $5,000 to $8,000. The average cost of digital wedding invitations, on the other hand, will cost no more than $100. Clearly, this can make a big difference for brides on a budget or for brides who would rather invest their money elsewhere (like, say, an open bar).
2. Less Hassle
If you go digital, you're going to be saving a lot of time. Just think: no licking envelopes, no adhering rhinestones, no writing addresses in your best cursive until your hand cramps...The actual act of getting wedding invitations ready to mail out can be incredibly time-consuming, and when you already have a wedding checklist a mile long, anything you can do to save time is amazing.
3. RSVPs are Easy-Breezy
With an online invitation service, RSVP-ing has never been so simple — for both the bride and the guests. Rather than having everyone fill out an RSVP card and mail it back, your guests will be directed to your wedding website where they can immediately check yes or no.
4. All Your Designs will Flow
With online invitations, it's incredibly easy to make your save-the-dates, wedding invitations, wedding website and even thank you cards all part of the same design suite.
Incorporate your wedding colors and the general vibe of your wedding into the details of your invitation, just as you would with a traditional invitation.
5. No Trees Will Be Harmed in the Making of Your Invites
Eco-conscious brides can rest easy knowing their wedding invitations did not waste any paper whatsoever.
How to Send Paperless Wedding Invitations
If you're convinced that email wedding invitations are the way to go, there are a few sites you should know about. The following online services are affordable, intuitive and offer plenty of great templates.
Greenvelope's invitations are infinitely customizable. You'll find every kind of design, from modern to floral to classic to bohemian. Whatever you choose, you're able to edit the background, the text, the colors and, of course, the text. You can even customize the digital envelope that comes with it by adding a virtual envelope liner in anything from glitter to gold. Pricing begins at $39 and includes invitation tracking. Check out Greenvelope's wedding invitations.
At one point or another, we've all gotten an Evite for a house party, bar mitzvah or bridal shower ... but did you know Evite also handles weddings? It's oh-so-easy to import your contacts and get to sending. Once sent, you will be notified as soon as guests RSVP or comment. On top of that, you can schedule event reminders in the days leading up to the wedding. You can also select an option that directs Evite to follow up with your guests post-wedding and asks them to email over any photos they took at the event. With Evite Premium, you will be able to further customize your invitation by adding photos and embellishments, and the invitation will also be sent with a digital envelope and without advertisements. Premium invitations begin at $5 for 15 invitations, $12 for 50 invitations, $20 for 125 invitations, and $35 for 300 guests. (You can also set up standard email invitations that do not include the ability to RSVP and have advertisements, and those prices go down to $2 for 15 invitations, $4 for 50 invitations, $12 for 125 invitations, and $20 for 300 guests). Check out some of Evite's email invitations..
Paperless Post prides itself on being a "pretty and practical" solution for brides. With designs from Kate Spade New York, Rifle Paper Co., Oscar de la Renta and Mr. Boddington's Studio, you're sure to fall in love with one of their invitation templates. You can also upload your own design to use, as well. Their wedding invitations vary in price, but average about $18 for 30 invitations, $28 for 60 invitations and $42 for 90 invitations. Check out some of Paperless Post's digital wedding invitations.
GLO is a one-stop shop for digital wedding invitations, save-the-dates and websites. GLO offers guest list management, making it easy to track RSVPs. GLO invitations are infinitely customizable. Pavolvski worked with a bride who used GLO and they were very pleased with the service. The primary motivation? Cost. As with all the other digital wedding invitation services, GLO is a money saver. "It was less expensive to use GLO than to print all the invitations and RSVP cards and postage and all that. The bride wanted to use the invitation money for other expenses, and the RSVP management was a big help. The bride uploaded a custom-designed watercolor and used it for the invitations she sent out with GLO," says Pavolvski. Prices start at $19.99 and include web hosting. Check out GLO's paperless wedding invitations.
While Riley Grey specializes in creating unique, luxury wedding websites, they also offer save-the-dates and wedding invitations (online or physical) that are part of the same design suite as your wedding website. They release a new collection of designs with every season, and have a large catalog of past work. You can also work with them to create something entirely your own from scratch. Prices begin at $35 per month of site hosting, which will include a digital invitation design, and go up to a $240 for an entire year of hosting. Check out some of Riley Grey's designs.