Are Snail Mail Invites Dead?

Evite and Facebook have taken over the invite world for the past number of years. There is no denying their convenience, but whatever happened to getting a traditional invitation in the mail? Are those days long gone, or are paper invites making a comeback?

I will be the first to admit that I haven't sent out a snail mail invite in the past decade or so, and honestly didn't have any qualms about it until last night. I was at a friend's house for a craft night get together and she was working on her invites for a holiday gathering she will be hosting. Not only is she sending out actual invites in the mail, she is hand making each one! Now I'm not talking write a sentence and move on, they are full on individual pieces of art. Each one is done a little differently, with stylized handwritten copy, glued paper and glitter to boot. As I watched her get through six in about an hour and a half I was amazed at the effort she was putting forth.

It got me thinking — when you put such heart into creating a unique invite for your guests, it can only make them feel quite honored and special to be one of the recipients of that invite. You don't just invite friends of friends of friends in a case like this. I often find when using a nonchalant Evite system that there are always a number of people who don't feel the need to RSVP or even look at the invite for that matter. It can be quite frustrating and kind of rude if you ask me. Now, if you receive a thoughtful handmade invitation in the mail, I think it elevates the event to a different level and just may change the energy and outcome of the gathering.

I'm not sure how this will affect my future party invites just yet, but I do know that it will make me think twice about just plopping down at my computer and Eviting everyone I know without giving it a second thought.

What are your thoughts on the matter? Share below.

(Image: Monkey Mind Design Etsy Shop)

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Alysha is a photographer and designer living in Seattle who loves dark chocolate, tea, and all things furry. In her spare time you'll find her with paint in her hair renovating her 1919 Craftsman and sharing the process on her blog Old House New Tricks.