It’s been awhile since I’ve updated everyone on my wedding plans. Decorations are being bought, rings have been ordered, and as you can see above, RSVP’s are rolling in. When it comes to planning my wedding, I’ve been trying to find ways to cut costs. I’m still in a fairly deep bog of debt, and I don’t want to add to that by having a bigger wedding than I can afford.
So, naturally, when the question of invitations came up, I began to look for ways to save money on invitations without sacrificing the look and feel of real paper invitations. I knew I didn’t want to spend a lot, and I definitely knew that I didn’t want to spend anywhere near what the average couple spent on wedding invitations in 2012. A whooping
Are. You. Kidding Me?
I’m not sure who those people are, but I’m not one of them.
Online Wedding Invitations
I really liked the idea of online wedding invitations. They were initially appealing to me because of the environmental aspect. I wasn’t really crazy about the idea of using a ton of paper and ink to send invitations to people who, honestly, are probably just going to throw them away.
Sure, I wanted a few keepsake ones, for the people who would cherish them, but for everyone else? Electronic would do just fine.
After I started researching what was available in terms of extra services that came with online invitations, I became more convinced that online invitations were the way to go. Here are some of the services that came with a few of the sites I checked out:
- A wedding website
- Customized invitation
- Weekly RSVP email digests
- Automatic reminder emails to guests
- Easy delivery of announcements to guests
- A wide variety of invitation styles to chose from
- Ability to mail out invitations to the less computer savvy family members
This last one was what really sold me on the online invitation idea. I knew I wanted to send out online invitations to the majority of our guests, but I wanted a physical invitation for myself, close family members, and those without email.
Are Online Wedding Invitations Worth It?
After researching the available options, I ended up going with Pingg.com, for my online wedding invitations. The website was easy to use, there was a great variety of invitations, and the cost was very reasonable. We were able invite most people via email, and the wedding website allows us to have an open dialogue with our guests, should we need to tell them about any changes to the program, or make any announcements.
For those without email, physical invitations were a snap, and extremely simple to send out. The whole process was quick and relatively painless. We were able to pick a beautiful design and customize it to suit our needs. Once we hit send, the real fun began. As someone who is very into social media, the real time statistics that were available with the online wedding invitations was amazing. We were able to track successfully sent emails, as well as email opens and website views in real time. The first night that my fiance and I sent the invitations out, we sat in front of the computer and watched the RSVP’s roll in. It was great!
Online Wedding Invitations are Perfect for the Budget Conscious
Perhaps the best part about using Pingg.com for our online wedding invitations was the cost. While the average couple in 2012 spend $659 on wedding invitations (still can’t believe that number), my fiance and I spent about 10% of that. It was a great way to save money on an aspect of our wedding that neither of us really felt strongly about, so that we could funnel our limited budget towards other, more important aspects.
What ways did you save money on your wedding? I want to know!