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.
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're 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.
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.
## Paperless Wedding Invitations: Sites to Know About
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 designs.
GLO is a one-stop shop for digital wedding invitations, save-the-dates and websites. GLO also offers guest list management, making it easy to track RSVPs. GLO invitations are infinitely customizable. Pavolvski recalls a bride uploading a custom-designed watercolor and using it in her online invitation suite for a one-of-a-kind effect. Prices start at $19.99 and include web hosting.
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