Managing the invitations
Posted: Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013
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The options for wedding invitations seem to be endless. Not only are there an infinite amount of design choices, but these days more couples are opting to go a paperless route. Sending out e-mail invitations where guests RSVP online has grown in popularity, and can be appealing in many ways. There are even websites that are dedicated solely to this. They host your invitation, and keep track of your guest replies. I personally love the idea of eliminating postage, address labeling, and response cards. In a society that has become highly computer dependent and more eco-friendly its easy to see how it could be a good choice for many.A possible drawback of electronic invitations is working around those on your guest list who may not be computer savvy or who do not use e-mail, particularly older family members and friends. Thats a shocker, I know, but there are still people who are not BFF with the World Wide Web or joined at the hip with a computer or their smartphone. There is also the task of verifying e-mail addresses, and dealing with the fact that some invites will end up in the spam folder.If you are not in to the electronic invitation idea, the traditional paper invitations will not leave you short of selections. I am learning that they can be as simple or elaborate as you would like them to be with the price to match. I am leaning towards something simpler without a lot of extra details, folds, or pockets.Printing the items yourself can be an additional cost saving measure if you are willing to take on the task. You can purchase an electronic file of a design (many can be found on Etsy), and then print them at home or take them to your local home and office store such as Staples or Office Max. I must mention that you could also make your own design if you are feeling adventurous or have experience in that area. However, that is certainly outside of my expertise so I will leave it at that.Whatever you decide to do, I would suggest that you explore all of your options. There are a wide variety of choices that are each suitable for different people. With a little research, time, and patience I am sure that you will find the one that is a great fit for you.
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