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Invitations - Old School or Online?

Sinéad, on December 16, 2019 at 09:05 Posted in Plan a wedding 0 23
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Your invitations are the first taste your guests are going to get of your wedding style and theme. Have you thought about how you will send them? Are you using traditional mail to post your invitations to your guests homes, or will you send an email invitation and ask your tech-savvy guests to RSVP online?

How are you planning on sending your invitations? Are you using old school mail or going online with evites?


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Latest activity by Audrey, on July 29, 2022 at 10:31
  • Audrey
    Frequent user July 2022 Ontario
    Audrey ·
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    We sent out paper invites with a URL and a QR code for people to RSVP through our Wedding Wire website. I will caution though this might be a little uncouth to say on a WW chat board - I don't recommend using the WW RSVP tool. Twice I had to manually comb through all my emails to find people's meal selections because the tool kept losing them. As well, when downloading the report of people's responses, it did not include the "notes" field in the file which is where people were supposed to indicate their food restrictions/allergies and the names of their Plus 1's (WW should really have a dedicated field to capture those details). But all that said, it worked great to send out a paper invite and have people RSVP online. That way, I could send out reminders to RSVP by email to those who had not yet done so by our deadline.

    I actually designed my paper invites using a snipit image from my WW website design (another thing that WW is missing out on - they should have a line of paper products designed to coordinate with the different website designs - The Knot has this and I think it's so smart. WW's website designs were more attractive in my opinion, but since they didn't have the stationery to go with it, I created my own).

    I designed them and then uploaded to Vista print and I was very happy with the way all my printed materials came out. Here's an example of my invitation and envelope (ignore the little correction I had to make after printing as I had made a mistake on my RSVP deadline). The pic is a little washed out, in real life it's a brighter sort of light teal blue, and on the back we had a QR code to our RSVP page on our website.

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  • Danielle
    Featured April 2022 Ontario
    Danielle ·
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    As a designer, I designed a custom digital invite we mostly texted people along with a website with a form that linked to a Google Sheets file - And let me tell you, best. decision. ever. It made it so easy to keep track of everything and allowed us to request mailing addresses to use for physical thank you cards after the wedding. I was able to use the sheet to data merge for custom place cards and labels too. I also created an email mailing list for updates closer to the wedding day, which again, I designed the templates for. Going digital is beyond convenient and people are much more likely to respond immediately via text!
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  • Derek
    Frequent user September 2022 Alberta
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    My fiancee, being a master at scrapbooking, is making our invitations by hand. We didn't have all the emails for evites and also wanted to have actual paper invitations. Most are being mailed, but some are being delivered in person, particularly to her immediate family and my co-workers.
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  • Julie
    Frequent user May 2023 Ontario
    Julie Online ·
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    So torn with this discussion. I would prefer evites but FH wants paper invitations. The majority of our guests are tech savvy but we do have the odd few that paper would be better. I do like the idea of RSVP by text/call/email

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  • Stephanie
    Master July 2018 Alberta
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    Hi Pam,
    We used paperlesspost.com It wasn’t completely free to send but very cheap. You can send a free sample to yourself. You create the list of emails and it sends it all at once. You can see who has opened it. There is an option to rsvp through that site but we used our own wedding website that my husband created.
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  • P
    Newbie January 2021 Alberta
    Pam ·
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    Hi Stephanie; How did you send our the e-vites, using wedding wire? I see that under the share option there is a send invitation option, but when I tested it it did not send the evite I had created, just a message with a link to the webiste. Do you have to go into each guest separately in the guest list and click on save and send the evite?


    Thank you;

    Pam

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  • Marcie
    Beginner March 2020 Ontario
    Marcie ·
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    I did 1/2 and 1/2 - those people who were older and we thought would want a paper invite, we did paper for and the younger people we did electronic. It worked great. We had everyone reply online.

    I made my invites by ordering the paper on Amazon and having them printed at a local print shop and they came out great. It was only $75 for 50 invites which I thought was very reasonable.

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  • Steph
    Expert June 2022 Ontario
    Steph ·
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    Old school! I love the design we chose, it may be 'popular' (which is the last word I wish to have describe any element of our wedding) but it's really just perfect for what we're hoping for!
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  • Stephanie
    Master July 2018 Alberta
    Stephanie ·
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    We did evites.
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  • Vinod
    Featured August 2017 Ontario
    Vinod ·
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    Old school way of invitation. Style has changed over the years to customizing of our choice and putting that personal touch to it. It was nice to hand it out to our families in person as its a tradition in the Indian culture.

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  • BunnyBride
    Super August 2334 Nova Scotia
    BunnyBride ·
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    Mostly Old School, but, again, a mix. We wanted to go 100% on-line, but released there were some people who didn't have e-mails or wouldn't feel comfortable doing the e-RSVP....or that have jobs that limit access to internet for a couple weeks or more at a time. We are doing paper invitations through the mail with both the option of the e-RSVP on our wedding website and including a paper RSVP card with a pre-addressed envelope!

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  • Tori
    Top October 2019 Manitoba
    Tori ·
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    Again both! We sent out physical invitations but requested that they RSVP via text/call/email Smiley smile

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  • Rayanne
    Featured June 2022 Ontario
    Rayanne ·
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    We are doing paper invitations and reply cards. We will do some save the dates on-line.
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  • Samantha
    Super June 2021 Ontario
    Samantha ·
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    Our save the dates were online, but we'll be sending the invitations out by mail. And RSVPs will be a mixture of both, there will be an RSVP card and stamped envelope with the invitation, so whatever the responder feels more comfortable doing
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  • Allison
    Master October 2019 Ontario
    Allison ·
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    I went old-school - we get a lot less mail (and when we do, it's usually bills/driver's license renewal, etc). so it's nice to get a physical wedding invitation in the mail!

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  • Casey
    Master October 2019 Ontario
    Casey ·
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    Old school mail out invites.

    I liked getting the RSVP's back in the mail! It was so exciting

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  • Geneviève
    VIP September 2020 Ontario
    Geneviève ·
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    Both! We’re offering paper invites with the option to RSVP digitally or return send
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  • Caitlyn
    Super January 2020 Ontario
    Caitlyn ·
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    Traditional mailed invitations and traditionally mailed reply cards. Getting actual mail these days is so exciting and it makes things seem more official.

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  • Amelia
    Master October 2020 New Brunswick
    Amelia ·
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    We're going to be traditional and mail all of our invitations. We might have digital RSVPs.


    I love getting mail that isn't a bill, and it feels more personal than an email!
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  • Michelle
    Expert October 2021 Nova Scotia
    Michelle ·
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    We're going old school, we really liked to idea of a physical invitation.

    Pre-wedding events will be e-vites, like the bridal shower and rehearsal dinner, but for the big day we wanted paper invitations

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  • Amelia
    Super September 2020 Ontario
    Amelia ·
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    We're going with traditional invites. I think it's a formal enough occasion to warrant snail mail.

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  • Chelsea
    Super June 2020 Alberta
    Chelsea ·
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    We’re sending traditional paper invitations, but will do our RSVPs online!
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  • Kelsie
    Master July 2021 Ontario
    Kelsie ·
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    We will use paper invitations which will be mailed out to our guests. I'm not a fan of the e-vite or email invitations.

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