In today’s computer age, the rules of etiquette regarding Evite vs paper invitations have been ever so slightly changing. Even though the trend is moving us all toward a paperless world, it seems certain occasions still warrant a snail mail correspondence. When throwing an event, whether it’s a private party or corporate event or even a wedding; many tend to ask, when are Evites an acceptable replacement for traditional snail mail invitations? Here is our guideline of when to send Evites, and, when to send a paper invitation.

Evites are more informal and can be RSVPed if that’s even required, the moment the reader opens the invitation. Here are a few examples of when to send an Evite to your party:

  • A last-minute get together with your closest friends
  • If the event is less than 30 days away
  • Family (who already know that you have a party in the works such as Thanksgiving, Christmas or New Year’s)
  • If it’s an annual or regular event (birthdays, anniversaries)
  • If more than 80% of the guest list is accessible via email
  • Limited business circumstances such as a meeting being held at a restaurant (and be sure to follow up with a phone call to the person the day of the meeting)

Paper Invitations
There is always a place for paper invitations, especially for a milestone or when holding large scale parties or more formal occasions such as weddings, and events for which invitations may serve as keepsakes. Here are a few examples of when to send paper card invitations:

  • If the event requires more than a simple “yes/no” RSVP
  • If it’s a once in a lifetime event (weddings, bridal showers, engagement parties, retirement parties)
  • Parties that are more formal in tone (when attire such as suits and cocktail dress are the requested dress code)
  • Large-scale Holiday parties

In the end, the decision is up to you, but keep in mind that the invitation is the first impression a guest has of the event, so choose your Evite or paper invitation design and format with care. What do you think about Evites vs paper invitations, leave us a comment below?