If you are planning a wedding, you are thinking about invitations, the kind of invitation and the cost of those lovely paper invites that will go to your friends and family via snail mail. You are probably thinking what will you do if your Uncle Bob or Aunt June doesn't get their invite? What about people not sending an RSVP? Is there a better way to avoid the hassle and worry?
Most assuredly there is. Do it all electronically. Really?
We found this opinion on the issue at Mic:
A month before a good friend's wedding, I asked her on Gchat, "Hey! How's the wedding planning going? When is the big day?"
We'd spoken multiple times about the festivities, but when I never received an invitation, I assumed she and her fiancé were trying to keep things small.
"OMG!" she replied. "You didn't get the invitation? I mailed it months ago!"
"Did you send an online version too?" I asked, frantically searching my inbox. "No," she replied. "Just paper." She admitted another friend had never received hers as well.
I don't know what happened to my friend's invitation. Maybe it was a mailing issue, maybe a postal worker dropped it, maybe it was accidentally returned to sender but never made it.
This is the problem with paper invites, and it's why we need to stop relying on them for good. Paper invites are expensive, annoying tree-killers that inevitably end up in the recipient's garbage. Taylor Lorenz Mic
The Mic post suggests trashing the wedding invite, going electronic. After all, you save trees and reduce the possibility of Uncle Bob or Aunt June not receiving their cherished invite, or do you?
The electronic age is here. With the electronic age comes a flood of data, news, tweets, Tumblr posts and the Facebook flood of users sharing their life stories. In this age, too many people gloss over the substance missing a great deal of information that is out there. Moreover, if you print your invites on recycled paper then you can avoid the issue of killing too many trees and join in on the effort to reuse the wonderful materials our planet has to offer. Additionally, you avoid the flood of electronic information being thrown at people and being ignored.
Electronic wedding invites? Do what floats your boat. However, getting that invite from someone who took the time to get them designed, printed, addressed (by hand) and put in the mail just has that special feeling. So what if it goes into the trash after the RSVP is sent? So long as it is thrown in the recycled trash...
We love the electronic age, the good and the bad that comes with it. However, keeping a bit of tradition never hurts anyone.