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Are online wedding invitations tacky?

Weddings are entrenched in tradition. While for most events people send thank-you texts and email updates, weddings cling to customs like printed wedding invitations, save-the-dates and more. According to some reports, printed wedding correspondence can cost couples upwards of $750, leading some to opt for online invitations in order to cut costs and minimize paper waste. But some etiquette experts warn that online wedding invitations are tacky and demonstrate a lack of formality. What do you think?

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Weddings involve more paper than you might expect. As Bridal Guide puts it, as soon as you get engaged, "You’ve entered a world filled with rich colors, regal monograms and shimmering papers—and wide-ranging costs."

That world of card stock, handwoven paper and engraving can set couples back anywhere from a few hundred dollars to over $3,000. The team at Bridal Guide also points out that when it comes to picking paper invitations, a couple must factor in other paper-needs for their wedding: 

...the average price for 150 invitations and response cards is $245. Factor in save-the-dates ($114) menu cards ($114), programs ($108), thank-you cards ($92) and place cards ($77) for an average grand total of $750 (before postage)...Yet it’s possible to spend as much as — gulp! — $3,300 for a set of 150 engraved invitations alone.

With these kind of prices in mind, it's no wonder that some couples opt for online invitations. 

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But according to the etiquette experts, online or email invitations are still a no-no. Refinery29 referred to Lizzie Post of the Emily Post Institute for insight, and per Post's etiquette guidelines, email invitations for a wedding remain inappropriate. 

"Weddings are such an important event in a person's life. For many people, this might be the only formal event thrown in their honor," says Post. "A mailed invitation carries clout and sentimentality for such a revered event." 
"The formality of the invitation reflects the formality of the event," says Post. "A physical representation of this event in the communication stage is still important, even if it's a small wedding."

Wedding invitations don't have to set you back thousands of dollars, and they are an important custom to keep around. 

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Some people opt for online invites in order to limit waste. Sure, a few people might hold onto your ridiculously expensive invitations, but most will end up in the trash. The tossed invites could have made the same fancy impression on someone's computer screen as they did when they arrived in the mail. 

Even Brides acquiesces:

Online invitations can save you time, money, and a whole lot of hassle...Many e-vite sites offer built-in RSVP functions, space for guests to include a note to the sender (anything from dietary restrictions to travel plans), and designs that will still reflect your wedding theme — while emphasizing the slightly more casual atmosphere.  

Some guests even argue email invitations are superior to their paper predecessors. With an online invite, guests can access all the information they need on their phones. Plus, they don't have to remember to mail an RSVP; guests can respond immediately upon receiving the invitation. 

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But for many, formality wins out. There's no guarantee that your email invitations won't end up in the spam folder of your guests. Paper invitations are the more reliable method. According to The Knot

Especially with this e-communicating world, paper invitations are simply more special. You want to elicit emotion about your wedding, so a sense of touch is important.

No matter how beautifully designed an online invitation is, it cannot replace the significance of a printed invite arriving in your mailbox. 

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