are paper invitations still special?

When was the last time you received a paper invitation for an event, other than a wedding (where paper invitations still reign supreme)? For higher end events, such as fundraising galas or formal  corporate events, paper invites are still the norm. But for many other events, hosts have moved toward email invitations.

Of course, email invitations have come a long way. E-vite has a lot of customization available now, and the designs featured on Paperless Post are incredibly impressive, and these are far from the only options. Some organizations hire graphic designers to make their own e-invitations that can be viewed entirely as an email.

But… I still like paper. I can’t help it. I’m a romantic.

There’s just something about getting a big envelope in the mail and opening it up with anticipation, feeling special because you were invited. I love to feel the invitation in my hands – I get particularly excited if it’s fancy, perhaps a heavy weight paper or a vellum overlay or a special printing type. Except I feel like the whole inner and outer envelope tradition isn’t always necessary.

Of course, I still get all my magazines delivered in hard copy and we still have the Sunday newspaper delivered to our door. I also once dreamed of a career in publishing – an industry tied to paper.

Of course, printed invitations cost money. They aren’t very “green” (although they’ve made great strides in recycled paper invites). It addition to the hard cost of designing, printing and mailing the invitation itself, there is also a time cost in finding out mailing addresses (which always seems harder to track down than an email).

Personally, I think it’s worth it for certain events. If an event is truly special, or if you want your event to stand out. The latter is especially in the DC area, where there are so many different organizations hosting events all the time, sending a priinted invitation can often make your event stand out.

On the flip side, I’ve switched to email invitations for most of my personal events, such as dinner parties or birthday parties.

What do you think? Are printed invites on the way out? What about for weddings?


Photo Credit: Pearson Inspired


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