Many years ago, not quite during the age of the dinosaur, but next to it, Chris and I spent hours arguing and wrestling with our rinky-dink printer, trying to get our wedding invitations ready. We had little money. The clearance aisle at Target was our best friend; we bought a half-off package of “save the date” cards and thought we could do everything ourselves. (Note: I did not know that it was, apparently, bad etiquette to use “save the date” cards as wedding invitations. I remain puzzled by this. If a “save the date” card has all of the necessary information, why is a separate invitation necessary? Why is a “save the date” card necessary if one sends out an invitation? So many questions). And it was easy enough to type out what we wanted to say: names, date, location. Simple and clean.
That almost ruined our marriage before it began. The card had to be lined up just right in the tray. Couldn’t put in more than one card at a time because that would cause a jam. The ink smeared at one point, evidenced by the faint fingerprints scattered across a handful of the cards. It was awful.
I wish that something like Paperless Post had existed back then.
Paperless Post combines the ease of email with the beauty of traditional stationary. Though an online format, this is neither a plain “e-vite” nor a complicated Facebook “event.” With multiple, customizeable designs available, the user is only limited by imagination when it comes to creating unique, beautiful invitations. If none of the many layouts strike the eye, then build one from scratch, using personal photos.
Once the invitation and virtual envelope are just right, simply enter the name and email address of each person you want to include in the event. Prices vary, depending on design and the number of people invited, but on average it costs five “coins” to send the lovely, special note. Each coin costs around $2.00. Up front, this may seem steep, but don’t forget that stamps are unnecessary and whatever is sent out is exactly what is wanted, not a compromise or something “settled” on.
If you absolutely must have something “concrete,” Paperless Post also has you covered, with Paper Source. Again, all of the designs are customizable, though not to the extent the strictly online versions are. Prices are competitive, coming in at roughly the same amount as what you would pay in a box store, with many options being cheaper, particularly if you browse the sale catalog.
I recommend Paperless Post, particularly for those who are engaged in community service work, which usually involves fundraisers. These invitations are a great way to get the word out without breaking the bank.