If you are considering buying online wedding invitations, there are a few things you need to know. From proper etiquette to which business to choose, this guide provides a rundown of how to do it right.
E-vites are becoming incredibly popular thanks to the ubiquitousness of digital technology. With everyone on their smartphones 24/7, it’s far more convenient to simply email them a request to attend your marital ceremony than to mail them out one!
Besides being convenient, here are some of the major benefits to working with online wedding invitations:
Save the planet
Ditch the paper waste in favour of a digital e-vite – the environment will thank you for it. Think about it – India has more than 10 million marital ceremonies annually, with an average of 500 guests per ceremony. That’s a heck of a lot of paper spend on cards! By using e-vites you can save a lot of trees.
Online wedding invitations allow you to share animated characters and GIFs, which can look really cute and unique. Your options for styling your cards are endless!
One of the greatest benefits of this option is their affordability. E-vites are so much cheaper than printing them. This gives you more money to save for your honeymoon!
How to create them
Creating them is super easy – and you don’t have to be a graphic designer to do it. Here’s the process in 5 simple steps:
- Choose your favourite online wedding invitations platform
- Browse the templates available and select your favourite
- Personalise the template – adding your names and venue details etc. as needed
- Make your purchase
- Share them!
Tips and tricks
Here are a few tips for making your cards truly stand out – and to make sure your etiquette is on point.
Linking to your gift registry
You can add a link to your gift registry, but only if you’re not adding a link to your marriage website, too. If you have a website, simply put the gift registry link onto it and link the website on your e-vite.
Add all the necessary information
Make sure you don’t forget the essential information like venue address, how to RSVP, and what the date is. Otherwise you’ll have very few people turning up to your big day!
The right time to send it
The best time to send your online wedding invitations is around 4-6 weeks before the marital ceremony, or 12 weeks if you’re having it overseas.
Use a spacious design
Avoid cluttered designs and text as this can overwhelm the reader and look quite unappealing. Instead, ensure there is plenty of space in your online wedding invitations and use a colour that pairs with the font and theme of your affair. Make sure to use a font that is readable.
BCC your contacts
If you are sending out a mass email with the e-vite and/or an update, ensure to BCC your contacts. This avoids any drama associated with people who don’t get along finding out about each other and so on.
Use a reputable provider
Use word of mouth reviews and recommendations from family and friends to find the right digital stationary store for you and your needs. Ensure their pricing is transparent and affordable.
Online wedding invitations are an affordable, modern and environmentally-friendly alternative to printed cards and are fast becoming the norm in western society. That being said, it is still vital to uphold good etiquette and ensure your cards are attractive, readable and have all the necessary information on them.