Q&A: Invitations: Can We Have Online Invites?

Q: We are planning a small wedding at a restaurant and it will be pretty casual. I was thinking we could do a nice online invitation, but my mother insists that that is just plain tacky. Who's right?

A: We've got to go with Mom on this one. As much as we love the idea for bachelorette parties and other casual affairs, we recommend you use good old-fashioned paper for this one. 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. Formal invites with tissues and multiple envelopes are not necessary. A simple card stock with laser printing can suffice. That said, the Internet is still a great way to reinforce information that you send your guests (such as driving directions or hotel specifics) via your wedding website or an emailed newsletter.


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Q&A: Invitations: Destination Wedding Etiquette?

My fiance and I are getting married in Maui and know that not all the 200 guests we would like to invite will make it. When we come back home, we are going to have a reception for everyone not able to make the trip. I've read that when getting married away and returning home to a reception, you should only send out wedding invitations to those you know can and will attend the wedding, then send out separate invitations for the reception. We both feel very strongly about sending invitations to everyone and then including (at the bottom) that a reception will be held in our honor when we return. We are afraid that if we follow etiquette, we will hurt people's feelings. Do we follow the rules or do what we feel is right?

by The Knot