I am planning to do paper invites in the mail because I like the idea of it. I went to two weddings this summer. The first had mailed invites. They were beautiful. But when I was at th actual wedding I forgot the invite (as many did) so I didn't have the info and that was a bit annoying. The second wedding did electronic invites. No, they're not as pretty but in a year from now am I really going to remember? No. And when I'm at the wedding I can pull up the invite on my phone and see what's happening.
At the end of the day, I think it depends on budget. If your budget is tight, save the cost and send them electronically. Put that money towards something you NEED for your wedding (rather than something you want). Do what makes the most sense for you! Other people won't care and it's not going to be the thing they remember from your wedding!
We had a pretty formal and traditional wedding so it only seemed proper to send paper invites and RSVPs. That being said, do what works best for you! We purchased our invites from minted.com and I was really impressed with everything. The gold foil was actual foil.
If youre looking for a company to order invites from, minted is fantastic.
Honestly though, paper invites and RSVPs are expensive. It’s an added cost that doesn’t need to be incurred with technology nowadays. You could save yourself $1000 by doing email invites and RSVPs. With paper RSVPs, keep in mind the cost of stamps too.
I just used WeddingWire for the invitations, and all though it isn’t super fancy, it did the trick 😂 I like that they keep track of analytics and meals as well. For meals I just did different types of allergies so I could easily keep track just on the site (ex. Adult meal with no allergies; gluten free; dairy free; vegetarian; etc)
I purchased mine online at vistaprint and it arrived in 2 days !! They are very quick and very pretty prints ! I mailed mine and I am also doing online rsvp for the people who haven’t responded to my letter yet.
I designed our own and sent most of them over facebook messenger, only mailing ones to grandparents, family without the internet. Better for the environment and saved a tonne on postage. It also communicates that you are open to various methods of RSVP's which hopefully means less of people not answering.