Who says wedding invitations and save-the-dates have to be printed? Going paperless is a great way to save money, and email wedding invitations can be as lovely as their physical counterparts. With the right approach and attention to detail, you can create all the panache of a traditional invitation at a significantly lower cost.
We consulted with an expert to find out just how much digital invites can save you. "Invitations, whether they're online or in print, are the first 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 wedding planner Julia Pavlovski.
Meet the Expert
Julia Pavlovski is a Seattle-based wedding planner.
Pros of Paperless Wedding Invitations
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, invites, 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 tons of great templates.
Whether you upload your own custom design or tailor one of Greenvelope's designer suites, the entire process is seamless from start to finish. You'll find every kind of design, from modern and chic to rustic and vintage. 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 $19 (for up to 20 people) and includes RSVP tracking.
At one point or another, we've all received an Evite for a house party, bar mitzvah, or bridal shower, but did you know Evite also handles weddings? Simply import your contacts and voilà. 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 your nuptials. You can also select an option that will ask your invited guests to email any photos they take from your big day.
With Evite Premium, you will be able to further tailor your invitation by adding photos and embellishments or uploading your own custom designs with the "Design Your Own" option. Bonus: The invitation will also be sent with a digital envelope without advertisements. Premium invitations begin at $14.99 for 15 invitations. (You can also set up standard email invitations that do not include the ability to RSVP and have ads.)
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 beautiful invitation templates. Nothing striking your fancy? Bring your vision to life by uploading your own design and going from there. Paperless Post will track delivery, collect RSVPs, and message guests so that you don't have to. Their wedding invitations vary in price but they start at an average of about $24 for 30 invitations.
Riley & Grey
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 a bespoke design from scratch. Prices begin at $35 per month of site hosting, which will include a digital invitation design, and go up to $240 for an entire year of hosting.