I love snail mail. I love e-mail. Let’s just say, I love communication of all forms. Texting, e-mail, instant messaging: you name it, I am communicating with it.
But, remember that feeling you would get when you would get an invitation in your mailbox? Pure excitement. That feeling cannot be usurped by an e-mail, a chat, a voice-mail or a text message.
Invitations are a lost art. We love to receive them, but honestly, it’s a real pain to send them. Quite frankly, Evite is so much easier. Just a couple clicks and you are done. No postage, no addressing, no hunting down the address, no missing the postman’s delivery time. But on that same thread…no thrill.
Just this week, I realized I had an “outstanding” Evite invitation in my inbox. I had opened it, and never responded. I remembered the event, but not really much else about it. I am a tangible person-need to touch it, see it, hang it up on my fridge for it to count.
My standard reason for not sending invitations through the mail was that it was too expensive to get the invitations printed. By the time you went to the stationary store, set up the invite, and ordered the 25 minimum, you were in for over $50 easy. Then you had to mail it. Or I would venture out on my own, buying the blank invitations, setting up my printer and fooling with the margins, wasting no less than five invites (and a couple of hours) just on typos and misprints.
I think I have found the answer. I get invitations printed all the time now. My stationer, Whimsy Gifts and Paper, can do 3 invites or 35, she has no minimum. If she has them in-stock, it takes her one-day to turn them around and she delivers them to my door. She charges me a $5 setup fee plus the cost of invitations (you, too, can get my special discount… keep reading). If she has to order them in, she needs a longer due date. We do the proofs over e-mail, so I can review my verbiage at any time. My bill is always comparable to what I would have spent doing it myself.
If you take time and money out of the equation, you have no more excuses for not sending a nice invitation. Here are some great reasons to send one:
Dinner–Whether it be a potluck, a small weekend gathering or a full-fledge dinner party.
Regular meeting events such as Book Club, Supper Club. So much fun to get an invitation to enhance the event, rather than the plain ol’ “let’s meet every first Wednesday of the month.”
Game nights are making a big resurgence. Think beyond Bunco into Yatzhee, poker or Apples to Apples.
Or just invitations that really need no description of what you will be doing.
Playdates: made more fun with either invitations or cute “calling cards.”
Summer is an ideal time to start your invitation habit. So many good ones to pick from and so many reasons to get together. Below shows celebrating a last meeting of the school year, kicking off summer.
I liked this one as an alternative to an “over the hill” birthday.
Or just a pretty picture in a great pop of color.
And last, but definitely not least, guess who is doing invitations now? LILLY PULITZER. I have been invited recently to a “Lilly” party where everyone had to wear Lilly or pink. It was for adults and children and was such a cute crowd of people. So very West Palm…
I hope to be filling my refrigerator doors with your invites soon!
Whimsy Gifts and Paper is offering a limited discounted $5 setup fee for all invitations through Labor Day when you mention that you read this on StyleBlueprint. They can be reached at 502.494.0391.