Invitations – Out With The Old, In With The New

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My sister graciously offered to throw me a baby shower and wanted a list of addresses., I will be sending her email addresses.

This post was originally written in 2010. A decade later and the only company I mentioned in this post that is still thriving is EVITE! Evite has reinvented itself and continues to.

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While I love receiving an invitation in the mail – it no longer fits my style.

  • The invitation arrives, I place it on my fridge.
  • I forget to RSVP, making me feel like a total schmuck
  • Since, sending paper with date in my mind doesn’t mean put in phone calendar, I often forget the party details, so go fumbling around for the party deets

And then there is the e-invitation. Yes, they may not be as cute. Most are down right tacky, but all-in-all they just make sense.

  • The invite is sent to my email and I get it on my phone
  • I can RSVP “yes” or “no” with a few clicks
  • The date and time can sync to my phone calendar
  • I can see who else will be in attendance at the party
  • A REMINDER of the party automatically is sent to me
  • When I am driving around lost – I can reference the invite to find out the address
  • And the BEST part – it’s FREE!

I admit, I am totally guilty of spending $100’s of dollars on making invitaitons. I love the creative process. I see it as a project – but I came to the realization that it’s a waste. And to make matters worse, Mr. Post Office charges about 44 cents a piece to mail. That adds up, quickly.

. While Evite seems to have a good lead on the market – there application hasn’t changed all that much in the last several years. Wired put it best when saying: Evite is great if you’re gonna party like it’s 1999 —because that’s where the site has been stuck for nearly a decade. An email arrives announcing a fete, but it’s short on deets. You’re forced to click to an ad-choked Web page, then another to RSVP, and then back to the first to see the info again. That faint sound you hear? It’s coins tumbling into the pockets of media conglomerate IAC/InterActiveCorp, which acquired the site in 2003. And that, of course, is the point — all that clicking means dollars for them.

Here are a few free alternatives to Evite:

  • Pinng
  • Socializr
  • Anyvite

This is an interesting concept, Paperless Post – nice looking cards, decent cost – but not the advertising.

Check out some of the free invitations that we offer here at Digital Mom Blog:

Out with the old, in with the new – newspapers, magazines, gift cards, photos, invitations – what’s going digital next?