Are Email Wedding Invitations a Bad Idea?

Are email wedding invitations a bad idea? Are printed wedding invitations really better than email? Find out what we think along with seven reasons why… and let us know if you agree!

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Are Email Wedding Invitations a Bad Idea?

Email wedding invitations are virtually free, require no postage, and eliminate paper waste. Where’s the negative? In an article about whether using evite to send out wedding invitations, a large percentage of comments voted against it, labeling it as a ‘tacky’. We don’t like that label; just because one couple chooses one thing doesn’t mean another couple is wrong… or, in this case, ‘tacky’. What do the wedding etiquette experts say? According to The Emily Post Institute, email wedding invitations are a definite wedding don’t. When you’re trying to decide between sending email wedding invitations or printed invites, we think printed is best. As a rule of thumb, The Emily Post Institute says if you would feel comfortable inviting someone to a particular event via telephone, an email invitation is acceptable. Since you probably wouldn’t invite someone to a wedding over the phone, email wedding invitations may not be a good idea. Here are seven reasons why we think so… but, of course, to each his (or her) own!

Why You Need Printed Invitations

1. A printed invitation is more formal.

Plus, it can set the tone and theme of your occasion. An email invitation is extremely informal.

2. An invitation is hand-addressed to the recipient.

This infers a personal invitation unto your guest.

3. Everyone receives mail…

… but not everyone receives e-mail.

4. Paper invitations require no tech knowledge.

With a printed invitation, there is no virtual rsvp to send, no map to download, and no website to have to visit for details. This is a definite plus for guests who may not have the time or tech knowledge that email wedding invitations require.

5. A wedding requires a guest’s time and money…

A printed invitation shows effort on your part.

6. Spam Bin.

Unlike email, printed invitations can’t be sent to a spam bin or deleted accidentally. Whoops!

7. Wrong e-mail address?

If you mail something to the wrong address, the postmaster will deliver it back directly to you. However, if you have the wrong email address – the recipient doesn’t check the inbox but the account is still valid – you’ll never know whether he or she received your invitation.

Wedding Tips

Going green? You can order printed wedding invitations on post-consumer paper which is more eco-friendly. Saving money? Buy postcard style response cards which require less postage than a standard stamp.

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Now It’s Your Turn: Would you send email wedding invitations? Why or why not?

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April 8, 2015 12:42 pm

Simply wanted to say I am thankful that i stumbled on your website page!

October 1, 2013 2:54 pm

There is no elegance in receiving an emailed wedding invitation. If a nice sized wedding gift is expected, I expect the full treatment and honor, as your guest.

August 18, 2013 9:44 am

We also used email to send out our save the dates. It made things so much easier, cheaper and more organized. I even found a really cool site called that let me create a wedding email address ending in to use when I sent out the save the dates. In this day and age everything is digital. There are so many sites now with really creative digital save the dates and invitations to choose from. I also feel its the “greener” way to go.

August 11, 2013 11:50 pm

Although it was for my Parent’s Wedding Anniversary. We e-mailed “Save The Date” announcements and invites to friends who use the internet quite a bit. In order to make sure we didn’t overlook friends and family, we utilized FB and included a website for RSVP responses and encouraged those who couldn’t make the party to sign the guestbook.

Valerie Madison
July 6, 2013 9:32 pm

I think it’s circumstantial for everyone. We have a lot of younger folks attending our wedding and haven’t received any word of problems associated with our email invites. I don’t like the idea of spending money on a physical item that I know will likely end up in the garbage (save for my mother and grandmother, of course). We are close with all of our guests coming and our wedding isn’t terribly formal or as traditional as most, so I can appreciate that everyone has different POVs on this. Email invites speak to our personalities and if it matches you,… Read more »

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