The Best Digital Invitations You Can Deliver Online for Every Wedding Event

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Cathryn Haight
  • Cathryn is an editor at The Knot, where she focuses on all things planning—from inspiration and design, to traditions, to invitations.
  • Before joining The Knot Worldwide, Cathryn spent years as a food editor
  • Cathryn holds a bachelor's degree from Trinity College and a certificate in publishing from Columbia University
Updated Mar 13, 2023
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While we think sliding a beautifully designed wedding invite out of an envelope is a moment of magic, digital wedding invitations and other emailable stationery can come in handy under certain circumstances. For example, if you've had to set a date last minute and are worried physical stationery won't make it out on time, wedding e-invites could save the day. Or if you're aiming for an eco-friendly affair, you might go for paperless wedding invitations as a sustainability measure.

If you're curious about the benefits and drawbacks of online wedding invitations, we've broken down all of the pros and cons below to help you make an informed decision when it comes to what's best for your wedding day and wedding-related events. And if you conclude that virtual invitations are the move for one or more of your wedding celebrations, we've got you covered with a list of the best online invitation sites and a handful of eye-catching electronic invitations to aid your search.

In this article:

    The Pros and Cons of Sending Invitations Online

    There are a few reasons why you might want to switch out paper for online wedding invites. Like we mentioned earlier, they're great if your nuptials are a little more spur-of-the-moment and you have to notify guests of the event ASAP. And if you don't mind foregoing a physical paper keepsake from your big day, a digital wedding invite is one way to make your wedding more sustainable overall. The cost is another factor to consider—wedding e-vites are often more affordable than their paper counterparts.

    Where digital wedding invitations might fall short is their accessibility to any less tech-savvy recipients (and, of course, the looming threat of the junk mail folder) as well as the extra legwork required to collect each intended guest's email address. Since members of the same household might not share an email inbox as they would a physical mailbox, it could be a little more laborious acquiring everybody's contact information. Also, some of the best online invitations come with premium design charges and customization fees—if you're looking for totally free options, your choices will be limited.

    Before you fully commit to email wedding invitations, you should consider the perks of traditional stationery, too. For one, there are more design and customization options. Additionally, some companies offer rush print and delivery services for an extra fee if you need them last-minute. And more and more businesses are producing products made with sustainable materials like recycled paper (including The Knot Invitations). That way, you can still send out eco-friendly invites without compromising on traditional invitation etiquette. Plus, guests might enjoy having a hard copy to reference for details (and a sweet keepsake from your day).

    Another popular option is to mail physical stationery for the wedding, but send digital invitations for prewedding and postwedding parties. RSVPs are also a great place to go digital. The Knot Invitations offers stationery compatible with our free wedding websites. Your guests can still quickly confirm their attendance online, but you won't have to worry about their invites landing in junk mail. Your matching website is also a great place to put information you don't want to print out.

    Overall, if you're planning a less formal event and aren't too moved by keepsakes, electronic wedding and party invitations are one way to go. E-vite wedding invitations will give your guests a feel for exactly what to expect on the day, whether it's a casual bachelorette brunch or a small backyard wedding.

    The Best Digital Invitations for Weddings and Beyond

    If you've weighed the pros and cons and decided to go with email invitations for some (or all) of your wedding-related events, you've come to the right place. We've listed the best online invitation websites and the best digital wedding invitations below that'll let you get in touch with your guests-to-be right away.

    1. Bliss & Bone

    What we love about Bliss & Bone is how immersive their digital invitations are. Each gives the impression of paper, delivered to guests in a dreamy flatlay image that incorporates shadows, textures and dimensional objects (think palm fronds tickling the edges of the invite and gently curled bits of ribbon). That's why we think they have some of the best electronic invitations for weddings and rehearsal dinners. Guests are first sent an aesthetically pleasing email with a few basic details of your day, then are instructed to click through to see the actual invite, which fills up the entire screen. They can also scroll down a smidge to RSVP easily. This design gives us summer meadow wedding vibes, fastened with a pin as if affixed to a corkboard and framed with realistic buttercup blooms.

    Pricing: $1.20 each for under 10 recipients; $0.90 each for 10 or more recipients

    2. Evite

    Like we said, paperless wedding invitations are a great way to keep things casual. But you don't have to lose all formality. Evite has plenty of sophisticated designs that are deserving of your big day. Choose from a selection of free and premium options that'll take you right from your engagement party, to the big day, to the day-after brunch. We adore this whimsical floral border design, which gives off hand-painted Dutch vibes. The script on the corresponding save-the-date is especially stunning—perhaps pair it with a physical wedding invitation that pulls in the periwinkle tones.

    Pricing: single-event premium packages from $15.99 to $89.99 (tiered by guest list size); Evite Pro yearly subscription for $249.99

    3. Greenvelope

    Every detail of your Greenvelope online invitations—text, colors, patterns and envelopes—is customizable. You can even choose the envelope liner! The icing on the cake? A portion of every sale goes to Mountains to Sound, a non-profit organization that maintains forests. If sustainability is your reason for going paperless, these might just be the best online invites for you. What's more, the site has tons of unique and trendy designs, like this minimalist floral wedding shower invite.

    Pricing: from $19 for a single mailing occasion; from $125 per year for unlimited mailing occasions

    4. Etsy

    Another affordable option for the best digital invitations is Etsy. Etsy works a little differently than other sites: Typically, designs are sold individually as digital files for you to customize and send out yourself. So while you do have to take care of the sending legwork yourself, it can be worth it to get a design that's really unique from Etsy's community or small makers. This bachelorette party e-invite is sure to grab your guests' attention. It comes in the form of an editable PDF template that's easy to complete. Once you've filled in all the details, you can email an invite to every member of your crew—the limit does not exist.

    Pricing: varies by seller; typically a flat fee for a digital download

    5. Paperless Post

    Paperless Post offers a wide array of beautiful designs, thanks to collaborations with brands like Stephanie Fishwick, Rifle Paper Co. and Oscar de la Renta. Seriously, some of these rival paper invitations in detail and texture. We're partial to this romantic design crowned with a realistic ribbon—minimalist elegance.

    Pricing: from 2 Paperless Post Coin(s) each; Coins sold in packages from $12 (25 Coins) to $115 (1,000 Coins)

    6. Punchbowl

    Punchbowl offers an inexpensive subscription service that'll give you access to plenty of cute and casual paperless stationery, from online wedding e-cards to electronic bachelor party invitations. The site's online invitations also come with handy RSVP tracking, so you can easily stay on top of who's coming. Plus, you have the option of your invites going out via email or text, which is perfect for a more low-key prewedding party.

    Pricing: from $7.99 per month for a membership subscription

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