I cannot believe it has been 8 years since Greg and I were sitting in our living room in a very cold London flipping through wedding magazines trying to plan our South African dream wedding. Reflecting back, the wedding landscape has changed so much since then – cue Pinterest (which was launched 6 years ago) and Trello (I am a list lover). I cannot even remember how I sought inspiration before Pinterest. I can vaguely remember the painstaking searches on Google images.
I also remember managing my invites and RSVP’s from family and friends from all over the world through excel – what a headache! Let’s not even get started on the painful task of trying to collate email addresses so I could find out physical addresses to post save the dates and invitations to. Honestly, now that I reflect back on it feels like a lot of unnecessary work.
Over the last year or so, we have been receiving more and more online wedding invitations. Much to my surprise they have been beautifully designed. Even as recently as 2009, online invitations and e-cards were rather tacky and not really appropriate for inviting someone to one of the most important days of your life! Majority of the wedding invitations have been sent via Paperless Post and it is easy to see why it has become so popular. There are thousands of beautifully designed invites and menus, which you can easily customise to reflect your own personal style for your wedding. Having looked into it some more, you can do your entire wedding stationery suite through them, from save the dates, to wedding invites, to menus to thank you cards! And the great thing, if you do not want any of the pre-designed cards, you can get your favourite designer to create something personal for you and upload it!
Whilst their services may not suit everyone, I do know that if the option was available when Greg and I were tying the knot, there is no doubt in my mind that I would have used this service for both Save the Dates and Wedding invites. Yes, what if it goes to the junk folder, the easy online tracking tool will tell you if it has been opened or not, so you can always follow up with the individuals. Worried about the older generation wanting print invites, well it seems like they have thought of it all and offer printing services.