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How to Choose Between Formal and Electronic Invitations

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Do you ever wonder if your should send an Evite out or a formal invitation? 

We can't stop it. Our social groups, friends and even our family has become more and more web friendly. Case and point, even my grandmother has an iPhone and frequents her email. If you've planned an event within the past four years you've probably stumbled upon the idea of sending out an electronic invitation such as Evite, Greenevelope, Punchbowl or Postmark as an alternative to your more formal and familiar invitation.  


Here are some helpful tips to consider when deciding which form of invitation is appropriate for your upcoming events.

1. Mashable and The Knot.com revealed their social tech wedding planning survey results which show that 2 out of 3 brides use paperless invitations for their wedding events such as the rehearsal dinner and engagement gathering. The survey also stated that 12 percent of brides and wedding planners felt comfortable using paperless wedding invitations for the wedding itself. 

2. You've likely considered  the traditionalists of your family and social network and think they might skip a beat if they receive a wedding invitation via email. You're probably right - many feel that there is a direct link between the elegance of a wedding and the elegance of a hand delivered message received by post-mail. 

3. It rhymes with Damn ... yep, thats right, Spam. That Spam section in ones email can be a great filter - but there is no guarantee your e-invitation filtered through a couple of your guests Spam. Could you imagine in your guests didn't receive your special message because if was lost in their Spam filter?

4. Electronic invitations are the simplest way to invite people to birthday parties or annual corporate functions. You are provided a platform for guest list organization and able to let your entire guest list know updates and a means to communicate with each other. For example if you are inviting your guests to bring a dish - they can communicate with one another on a running chat board that is visible to your entire guest list.