It seems like in this age of immediate gratification where we can access any piece of knowledge or information with just the click of a mouse, most businesses are following suit and making their services as accessible and as less time consuming as possible. With this has come the rise of a plethora of conveniences (some for the customer, some for the business) like online classes and lectures, virtual customer service, and paperless stationery and invitations. Why spend the travel time and money getting to class when you can learn from the comfort of your own home? Why pay employees to physically be somewhere when that same employee can serve several customers virtually from one place? And why, many figure, take the time to customize, print and mail an invitation when you can spend a few minutes drafting one up online and sending it to multiple recipients with the click simple of a button? Well, we get it. It’s convenient, easy, and takes little to no time or effort.
Let’s think about that last sentence. Convenient, easy, and takes little time or effort. While this may be beneficial in several areas of life, is this really the message you want to send when you’re inviting your closest friends and family to join you in celebrating one of life’s important milestones, like your wedding or a child’s baptism? These are memories in the making that you will not only want to cherish yourself, but that you will wish the recipients of those invitations to remember fondly as well. As such, for these special occasions, a traditional hard copy invitation is, in our opinion, essential. Everything seems more formal when received in a hand written envelope, and a physical invitation can be kept as a memento for years to come to ensure that you and your well-planned event are never forgotten.
However, this is not to say that there isn’t still a time and place for the trusty E-vite. (Who has time to create a fabulous printed invite for every dinner party or girl’s night out? Definitely not us working moms.) For smaller, less monumental events like a friend’s birthday dinner or a pool party for the kids, an E-vite is definitely appropriate. (Hello, bachelorette in Vegas!) So next time you are opting for the quick and easy E-vite, just make sure you wouldn’t rather have a beautiful printed invitation to add to your scrap book from a memorable life event. Always consider the nature of the occasion, and remember that the invitation is an important first impression and a direct reflection of the caliber of your event!