Ah Yes; one of the questions I get asked the most is “Should we have a wedding website?” & then the followup question is, “If I have a website, why do I need invitations?”
Welp, Ladies & Gentlemen… Here’s your Answer…
1st answer: The necessity of having a wedding website is really dependent on the type of guests that you plan to invite, the number of guests you plan to invite, the best way to get your guests attention, and where you think you’ll get the most RSVP’s back. Trust me… the last one means the most because it helps you to account for how much food, favors, & event space to purchase… BUT ANYWAY; If Most of your guests are Millenials **at this time in our lives, a lot of us are getting married** it may help because our attention span is short & it’ll be easier for people to RSVP if they don’t have to remember to put something in the mail. If you have a lot of information that you need to share with your guests, such as if you’re having a destination wedding, it WILL HELP to have a wedding website so that your guests can plan accordingly. It will also make it easier on you as a couple to pass along announcements pertaining to the wedding instead of having to call individual guests & possibly missing someone.
2nd Answer: From the standpoint of a stationer & someone who believes that if it’s important, I need something in my hand… YES you still need invitations! Why? because you have some family members who still value and cherish a tangible, in-your-hand, invitation to one of the most special events in your life. That and the fact that everyone does not use the internet & will not be looking at your website card enclosed in the suite of your invitations, they will actually fill out the RSVP and send it back promptly. (no, you do not put your website on the actual invitation itself) Also, you want physical invitations so that you can spell out who exactly you’re inviting to your wedding. It’s kind of hard to “eloquently” tell your guests “Adults Only Reception” when you sent an email… (I’m just saying).
Resolution: Where a wedding website will help with a lot of the nuances of inviting guests and keeping them informed of changes that may occur, it’s still formal, traditional, and nice to have an actual invitation to not only send out but also to keep in your memory book. If you’re concerned about your wedding website matching your stationery, ask your stationer if they can design a site for you or if they know someone who can so that everything coordinates all the way up to your ceremony. (BTW I design wedding websites too.)
If you’re looking for custom designed and handmade Wedding invitations, and Day of Stationery, Give me a call at 240-812-9568! I look forward to talking with you about your ideas and making them a reality!