This week, the Huffington Post did an interesting piece about paperless wedding invitations, explaining both the pros and the cons of skipping paper-based invites in favor of completely online electronic invitations. The pros of course include saving paper, reducing expenses and making RSVPs easier to track. The main cons were that some people may still not have access to electronic invitations and the lack of formality.
I was curious about what type of options were out there for sending paperless wedding invitations, and I ran across some sites with some pretty impressive services. If you're considering electronic wedding invitations or wedding invites, here are three sites you should check out:
Celebrations.com - Formerly known as PINGG, Celebrations.com has electronic invitations for every event that you can imagine. For weddings, they have over 100 designs, and each one was made by an artist or a design company. There is everything from very elegant to casual to photos where you can upload your own images. If you need some paper-based invitations you can have limited quantities of your evite printed. The site is free to use, but there are enhanced features that require paid memberships.
Paperless Post - Paperless Post has a huge selection of wedding invitations with designs from Kate Spade, Kelly Wearstler and Oscar de La Renta. The site has specialists on staff to help you retouch photos, create custom fonts, match colors, add monograms and more. Like Celebrations.com, you can use Paperless Post solely for online invitations or for a mix of evite and paper invitations. To use Paperless Post, you have to spend coins. When you first sign up, you receive a starter set of coins, and then you can purchase more as needed.
Paper Free RSVP - A completely online system, Paper Free RSVP has fewer designs from which to choose, but they offer some unique features, including a customized invitation video that guests get a link to when they open your e-card. The cost is $99 to sign up, and you can invite an unlimited number of guests. Along with collecting RVSPs, the site also has table planning and catering management apps that you can use for easy planning. Custom invitations designs are also available with all of the other features for $400.
Do you have any experience with any of these evite services for weddings? Do you have a favorite we didn't cover? Tell us about your experiences in the comments section.
November 05, 2014
We used glosite.com for our email save the dates, email invitations, wedding website and RSVPs. We found it was the only site with the RSVP flexibility we wanted (you could invite different guests to different events and they only appeared on the relevant guests’ website view.) The guest management and messaging tools saved us a TON of time and our guests LOVED the look of our invites and website. We had a ton of compliments – even from our grandparents!