Why you should never send digital, e-vite or e-mailed wedding invitations

Email is convenient, instant, and omnipresent. You’re probably used to using it for everything. That’s exactly why you should not use it for your wedding invitations.

Think of the kinds of things that clog your email inbox: offers and advertisements, bills and subscription notices, receipts and newsletters. Do you really want your carefully selected wedding invitation haphazardly stuffed between that?     

Getting something in the mail feels more formal and official than getting an email. People have no doubt heard about your wedding before they receive the invitation, but actually getting that special piece of mail builds excitement and anticipation (which is also why timing the mailing is important).  Holding an invitation in your hand, feelings the quality of the paper, and seeing the hand-written address shows your guests that you are paying attention to details and creating a memorable experience for you both, something that they can expect to continue at the wedding.  

While you can delete email with the click of a mouse, but with real invitations, your friends and family can store them away as keepsake mementos. 

Even if your wedding is on a tight timeline and you won’t be able to mail invitations three weeks before the wedding (the cutoff date), you still shouldn’t send digital invitations. Instead, you should call the guests and invite them over the phone (your or his parents and/or maid of honor may be able to help). Then, you could send a wedding announcement after the ceremony as a keepsake. 

Printed wedding invitations are here to stay , and although it’s more acceptable to send other party invitations digitally, most people would love to receive more pretty mail!