This is a guest post by Aimee Lyons, founder of Oy Vey Studio. A graphic designer with over a decade of experience creating bespoke stationery, she absolutely loves helping individuals bring their creativity to life through the art of stationery, especially when it comes to making those big events truly memorable.
In the ever-evolving digital age, even longstanding traditions like Jewish weddings are adapting to the digital realm. Today, couples often grapple with the decision of whether to embrace digital wedding invitations or stick to the classic paper ones.
Let’s delve into the pros and cons of digital wedding invitations from a Jewish perspective to help you make an informed choice for your special day.
Pros of Digital Wedding Invitations
1. Eco-Consciousness: Adhering to the Jewish value of “bal tashchit” (do not destroy), digital invitations align with the Jewish commitment to environmental stewardship. By forgoing paper, printing, and shipping, you contribute to a more sustainable world.
A sustainable paper solution could be something like seeded paper. Image from Etsy.
2. Financial Prudence: Traditional paper invitations can incur significant expenses, including design, printing, and postage costs. Digital invitations often present a more budget-friendly alternative, allowing you to allocate resources to other meaningful aspects of your Jewish wedding.
3. Effortless Sending: Digital invitations can be swiftly sent to your guests’ email addresses or via messaging apps, saving valuable time and effort in the invitation distribution process. Electronic RSVPs also simplify tracking guest responses.
4. Interactive Potential: Embracing digital invitations offers creative opportunities. You can include multimedia elements like videos, music, and links to your wedding website, thereby enhancing your guests’ engagement and anticipation. Some platforms even have digital wax seals…
Magen David wax seal feature on Greenvelope.com
5. Real-Time Updates: In the dynamic world of event planning, last-minute changes to wedding details may occur. Digital platforms mean changes can be easily disseminated to all your guests, ensuring everyone stays informed.
6. Global Outreach: Us Jews are spread far and wide across the globe. With digital invitations, you can effortlessly invite Jewish relatives and friends from every corner, transcending geographical barriers and minimising international postage concerns.
Cons of Digital Wedding Invitations
1. Lack of Tangibility: Some Jewish traditions emphasise the tangible and physical aspects of ritual objects. Digital invitations may lack the tactile experience and sentimental value associated with holding a paper invitation.
2. Technological Barriers: Not all guests may be comfortable with technology or have reliable internet access. Elderly relatives or friends may encounter difficulties in accessing or responding to digital invitations.
3. Privacy Considerations: When collecting RSVPs digitally, ensure the chosen platform handles personal information securely, addressing any ethical concerns about privacy and data protection.
4. Email Overload: In a crowded digital landscape, your invitation could get lost in the shuffle of emails or mistakenly marked as spam, potentially causing guests to overlook your invitation.
5. Limited choice: While digital invitations offer convenience, they may lack some key features – such as Hebrew fonts – that reflect your Jewish heritage.
Some people like to add Hebrew to their invitations, but this requires specialist fonts. Design by Oy Vey Studio.
6. Dependency on Technology: Relying exclusively on digital invitations entails accepting the potential risks of technical glitches or email server failures, which could disrupt the invitation delivery process.
Now that we’ve weighed up the pros, let’s delve into the creative capabilities of each medium.
Physical invitations really have no boundaries when it comes to creativity. There are endless combinations of papers, finishes, textures and personalisation. And while the invitation itself may be physical, you can still incorporate QR codes or augmented reality elements that link to online wedding details, RSVP forms, or wedding websites.
In the digital landscape there is a slightly more restrictive set up. Whilst most digital invitation platforms allow you to upload your own designs, they restrict you on size and shape as well as finishing options. Plus, you will only be able to send out one ‘piece’ per send, as opposed to including an extra details or RSVP card if you wanted to.
Gold foiling on a forest green card – you can’t get more luxurious than that! Design by Oy Vey Studio.
In conclusion, digital wedding invitations come with various benefits, including cost savings, eco-friendliness, and convenience, which can resonate with Jewish values. However, they also present challenges related to technology, privacy, and the absence of a physical keepsake.
When making a decision, consider your guest list’s demographics, your personal preferences, and your budget. You might choose to utilise both the modernity of digital invitations and the traditional aspects of paper invites to create a unique blend that aligns with both your Jewish values and your vision for your special day.
Jessica & David chose to mix digital and printed invitations. Designs by Oy Vey Studio.
Whichever route you choose, working with an experienced wedding stationer can make all the difference. They will be able to recommend the best way to work with both mediums and ensure your wedding guests are excited as soon as you send your invitations.