By Felicia Zammit-McCann
We all love the feeling of getting an invitation to a wedding. Having a beautiful envelope arrive at your house instantly makes you feel like a VIP. You hang it on your fridge for the weeks leading up to the wedding; then, when it’s time to take it down, you have no option but to throw it away (or turn it into a DIY craft project; anyone…just me?).
Thankfully, that doesn’t need to be the case anymore. Today, couples are choosing electronic ways to invite their guests and keep them in the loop of all their wedding-related festivities, and there is no shortage of resources to help you do that. Some naysayers might say that electronic invites somehow “cheapen” the formality of a wedding. In this day and age, however, it’s almost expected that some, if not all, wedding-re- lated details will be handled online. If you do a quick Google search for electronic wedding invitations, you’ll find a plethora of companies offering services for your wedding needs: save- the-dates, invitations to showers and parties, tracking RSVPs and providing your guests with electronic mapping to the venue, which can be synched directly to your iPhone. Online invitations are also very economical and a fraction of the cost of regular paper invitations. For example, if you were inviting 150 people, depending on the company you choose, you can spend anywhere from less than $80 to around $130! Some companies even give back a portion of the proceeds of every sale to non- profit organizations focused on environmental issues.
Now, if you do prefer a more traditional approach, there are companies that will send a physical invitation to your guests that has seeds embedded into the paper, so that instead of throwing it out, you can plant the invite in your garden as an everlasting reminder of that special day.
In addition to wedding stationary suites, couples are creating their own wedding websites. This is nothing new. In fact, this was a well-known trend in the wedding industry four years ago when I got married. Wedding websites are a great way to keep everyone in the know of all your wedding festivities, not to mention a really fun and personal way to get your guests to learn more about you. The best part is you don’t need to have an IT degree to make one. There are many sites that offer free website templates, and all you have to do is add photos and text. The most important thing to remember when choosing a website template, though, is to make sure it is password protected. Only you and your guests will know the password. Why is this important? You don’t want random strangers finding your website and learning every detail about you and your special day.
Lastly, we are living in a hashtag world. There’s a hashtag for everything, including weddings. What are hashtags, you ask? Think of them as keywords. When you ask folks to post their pictures to social media using your hashtag, it’ll help you find all pictures your guests take from your special day. If you are a guest, be on the lookout for signs at the wedding with the hashtag on it. No hashtag at the wedding? Then think twice before posting any photos. Unless a couple specifically states they want their day shared on social media, don’t do it. █