Wondering if wedding invitations are worth it? Are invitations a waste of money? Let’s tackle this wedding topic so you know exactly if invites are necessary or not. Subscribe for FREE to get more wedding advice like this to your inbox!
Are wedding invitations really important, or is it something you can skip?
Weddings are so expensive, so each cost really can add up to the final budget. Wedding stationery, particularly invitations, can be expensive (unless you know where to shop), so it’s only natural that couples may wonder: are wedding invitations worth it? Or can I skip them?
If all the wedding items to mark as important or not, wedding invites are absolutely necessary. But it’s not just because we’re saying so, or because invites are tradition. There’s more to the story! Let’s explain in depth why invitations are necessary for a wedding and why you definitely want to send invites to guests.
Wedding Invitations Important or Not?
While many think invitations require a bunch of paper, envelopes, postage, and time to assemble it all, that’s only partially true. ;) Don’t think of invitations as a burden or a task to do, but rather you get to invite guests to a celebration of your marriage! Although many couples wish they could rely on a save the date card, digital e-vite, or a quick text or email, it is your wedding and there’s nothing quite like it.
There is no event in your life quite like it and no announcement quite as formal, and yes, that’s even if you’re planning a bbq backyard wedding and it’s laid-back and casual.
Are wedding invitations necessary for all guests?
Do you have to send invitations to all guests? Yes, technically, invitations are necessary for all guests. However, each individual guest won’t receive a card. (Read: How many wedding invitations to order?)
Mailing invitations to wedding guests is an essential part of your wedding and here’s why.
1. Exciting News
The celebration of your marriage is one that makes wedding invitations necessary, if even for the formality of announcing the happy news: you are marrying your other half! To me, that makes invitations a must-have. There’s something to be said about a paper invitation today, particularly when most news is shared in a news feed or quick text and then buried with the next post or news story.
Make it a big deal: it is a HUGE deal! Wedding invitations are important! :)
2. Necessary Details
Secondly, let’s talk functionality: if you’re deciding if wedding invitations are worth it, consider even just the usefulness of relaying the important facts to your guests. An invitation explains the who, what, when, and where of the wedding. Without all of these important details, guests won’t know where to go or when to be there.
So, are wedding invitations necessary? Yes.
3. Important Information
And thirdly, let’s talk about how an invitation goes beyond the wedding itself. Sure, wedding invitations are important to tell guests info on the day itself, but invites can also share your wedding website, which gives way to a whole new slew of information.
On your wedding website (don’t worry, it’s free to set one up!) you can provide additional information such as lodging, travel information, local things to do around town, the dress code, your registry link, and so much more.
If you have more than one event happening during the wedding weekend, e.g. a welcome dinner, rehearsal, goodbye brunch, etc., you can include multiple RSVP options for guests all at once.
To recap, if you’re on the fence about spending money on wedding invites and you’re wondering if invitations are really necessary, I urge you to order them! While digital invites are also a great alternative, they’re really not as helpful for guests who aren’t as tech-savvy and it really leaves the announcement with less of a build-up, whereas a paper invitation is so much more exciting to receive in the mail.
Remember, it’s not the cost of the invitations that matters or how elaborate they are: having invitations of any kind is better than nothing. Wedding invitations are important, necessary to have, and not to be missed on your wedding day preparations.
If you’re still not convinced, perhaps you simply haven’t found the perfect invitation card yet. It can be tough to know where to start, and you only get to choose one. Here are some beautiful invitation examples to consider.
These are designed by independent artists for Minted and they’re a really great launch pad to begin your wedding stationery search. You can browse invites by color, season, theme, style, and more.
In addition, if you’re on a budget, they offer many options to cut costs, including postcard RSVPs (or have guests send online RSVPs), petite sized cards that cost less, and affordable wedding invites to suit your needs.
To top it off, you can get a free wedding website here to match your invites and guests will have all the important details they need to know ahead of your big day.
If you’re newly engaged, consider sending save the date cards first: it will give guests a heads up on your date and you’ll have the opportunity to experience the quality for yourself.
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