By GRACE JENNINGS-EDQUIST
Remember that time when sending your wedding invites was free? And easy? And everyone RSVP-ed instantaneously, so you could immediately resume Vera Wang gown-googling?
Yeah, not so much.
Because since the dawn of time, couples have been expected to spend the equivalent of a uni student’s first car on professionally-printed save-the-date magnets, followed by professionally-printed wedding invites, followed by- oh-joy!- professionally-printed ‘thank you’ cards. (I’m tired, you?)
So if you’re constantly checking your mail box to see if the invite to your bestie’s wedding has arrived? Wake up and smell the 21st century electronic media my friend, because that request is coming via gmail instead.
However. The birth of these sleek online invitation services isn’t thrilling all wedding goers.
For a start, while many couples are merrily jumping aboard the online invite bandwagon, older guests are still hobbling along behind. According to the Daily Mail:
“Mariko Fritz-Krockow, who sent an event though Eventbrite for her September 2011 nuptials, told Today that her guests
had a love/hate relationship with her digital invites.
‘There were a couple of people who were incredibly confused’, she admitted. ‘Even my mother, who is tech-savvy, didn’t know she had to RSVP electronically’…
Beverly Hills-based event planner Mindy Weiss [also] voiced concern for those not used to living life online. ‘A lot of older generations are not on email or not computer-savvy and a lot of the electronic invitations get stuck in spam,’ she says.”