With costs of weddings sky high, many savvy couples are realising that traditional is not always best and are finding ways to buck the trend and save money. Elopements, DIY and other creative and cost effective solutions have found increasing popularity with modern couples in recent years. Going paperless with online wedding invitations is a great way for couples to significantly reduce the cost of their wedding, with some great benefits over traditional stationery. Here’s everything you need to know about the pro’s of going digital.
Avoid breaking the bank
Unless you’re Kim Kardashian, chances are you can’t afford a multi-million dollar event. You’ve probably also discovered that your big has the potential to be astronomically expensive. A lot of couples will go to great lengths to try and stretch their funds to cover the costs of their marriage ceremony and reception. Online wedding invitations are a fantastic way to reduce costs.
If you’re a bride, it unlikely that the invites were one of the elements of getting married that you fantasied about as a child – you’d probably much rather spend the money on the perfect dress or a three-tiered cake.
With the average cost of invites being between $5,000 and $8,000, it is not an insignificant sum of money to re-allocate either. Going digital could is on average as little as $100 and there are hundreds of free templates and DIY tutorials online as well. If you’re looking for a way to avoid blowing the budget, invites are a simple and easy way to save money and can make a big difference for brides wishing to re-invest those funds into other areas of their big day.
Unless you’re willing to spend a significant sum of money for custom-made stationery, you’ll probably realise quite quickly that customisation options can be a bit limited in paper form. It all begins to look a bit same-same when it’s off-the-shelf. You’ll be far less restricted with online wedding invitations.
Beyond the range of design options, templates, colours and styling options on offer there are also options for music, direct URL links, HTML, or even animation if you’re looking to get fancy! Best of all, it’s easy to align designs and get your entire suite of stationary to work perfectly together.
The digital method is the best way to ensure that your save-the-dates, invites, website and thank you cards all fit in with your overall design vibe and work harmoniously together.
Planning for your big day can be overwhelming. As the date draws closer, time becomes precious and far too short. Invites can be surprisingly time consuming. There is a lot of work that goes into designing them, collating recipient lists, licking envelopes, sending via post and managing RSVP’s.
Online wedding invitations can save you a lot of time. When you have an endless to-do list, going digital can be a god-send and significantly reduce the hassle associated with your nuptials. Online wedding invitations can be designed in only a few minutes and mailing lists can be merged in only a moment, rather than painstakingly writing out names and addresses in cursive. Invites can also be sent in a single click and received instantly, instead of spending 3-5 days in the post.
RSVP’s made easy
A common complaint for any event is the difficulty in managing RSVP’s. It can be difficult to pin down the guest list, especially when responses are coming by snail-mail. Slow responses can present a huge problem when planning your special day, as couples will need to confirm their guest list and numbers when finalizing their venue, seating plans and catering. A lot hinges on the guest list at any celebration, so a lot of last minutes acceptances or declines can derail plans.
Online wedding invitations make RSVP’s simple and convenient. Guests are able to send a response in only moments, with none of the hassle of having to post a reply. This greatly increases the speed of responses and assists in keeping couples organised, as all of the response data is collected and stored in one easy to access place.
A misprinted name or delivery address can spell disaster in paper format – but it’s no big deal with online wedding invitations! Any mistyped information can be easily corrected and is quickly apparent. Unlike traditional invites, you’ll know very quickly if you’ve sent to the wrong address you’ll quickly get an email bounce back!
Online wedding invitations also mean you don’t have to make a firm commitment to any of your event details, plans can often change, so it’s nice to have the flexibility to edit invites and convey this to guests quickly and easily.
So as you can see, online wedding invitations are a great option for budget conscious, time poor couples and offer a great alternative to traditional paper options.