06 May 2015
Paper Wedding Invitations vs. Paperless Invites
In a world where email has become the most
common and convenient form of correspondence it was only a matter of time
before email wedding invites became increasingly popular among couples planning
their big day. They are easy, convenient, save time and stress, are budget
friendly and offer the instant gratification of a quick RSVP.
Despite the benefits of email there are
still many qualities that paper invitations offer that emails, with all of their
technological convenience, will never be able to emulate. So before you sign up
for an e-invite and click “Send”, read on for 5 reasons to consider the old
world charm of a paper invitation.
1. Paper invitations convey a personal
Paper invites are a form of personal
correspondence with a physicality and intimacy that an email just cannot rival.
Emails by their very nature are cold, unfeeling and impersonal. Taking the time
to print and stuff envelopes, attach the stamps and physically post invites to
your guests shows them they are important to you and that you take personal
pride in what will be one of the biggest milestones in your life.
2. A paper invite demands attention
A brightly hand scripted, stamped envelope
stands out like a shining beacon among the bills and junk mail in your
letterbox. Emails often get lost among the streams of marketing emailers all
listed chronologically with a single subject header. While an email is quickly
read and filed or forgotten about within seconds of reading, a paper invite can
be savoured to read over a warm cup of tea while dunking chocolate digestives
and later stuck to the fridge as a visible reminder for the days, weeks and
even months leading up until the wedding. It is much more difficult to attach a
computer to your fridge door.
3. Paper is tactile and tangible
Paper engages all of the senses. The
glimmer of a silver envelope, the rustling of the paper as you carefully tear
the seal open, the feel of the paper in your hands as you hold it close- these
are real and tangible qualities that are emotionally bearing. Printing
techniques like traditional letterpress, silver or gold foiling, calligraphy
and embossing give a three dimensional and tactile quality. Paper can be
decorated and perfumed. The choice of paper stock, design and ink used can
speak volumes, helping to set the tone for your big day.
4. Paper invites are timeless and nostalgic
Paper invites can be appreciated and
preserved long after you have taken the vows to become Mr and Mrs. They can be
kept for nostalgic reasons and read over and over, conjuring up lasting
memories. The corresponding RSVP cards can be kept in an album beside photos of
the guests or the invite framed and hung on the wall for a daily, sentimental
reminder of the wedding. Archiving an email just doesn’t have the same
5. Paper announcements honour tradition
Paper invitations have an old world charm
that emails can’t replace. They are a sacred and romantic form of communication
dating back to the mid 1600s. Invitations were used by the aristocracy with
announcements handwritten and delivered to the recipient on a silver tray. The
act of marriage itself is an age old tradition so it makes sense to further
that tradition with a paper invitation. It is far more chic than an email and
pays homage to the traditions of a bygone era. This is bound to keep Great Aunt
Maud extremely happy.
While there are many practical advantages
of email invites, paper offers an evocative experience that emails by their nature
just cannot communicate. If time and budget allow, it is definitely worth
considering a paper invitation to entice guests along to your wedding.
Stay tuned for my future posts where I will
review some of my favourite wedding invitation designers and provide DIY ideas
and tips for keeping your wedding stationery costs to a minimum. In the
meantime head over to The Paper Botanist
for more ideas and inspiration on handcrafted stationery.
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