RSS Quickies: Email Wedding Invitations

This misleadingly-named gem came across my inbox on Monday.


Title: “Email Wedding Invitations: ‘Reply All’ to RSVP?”

Well duh. Of course not. That’d cause more spam clutter to all the other guests.

…except that the question is never addressed in the course of the brief article:

April 16, 2012 at 11:00AM

More and more people are skipping paper wedding invitations to send email instead.

A new article (written by one of my students at Columbia University) describes the trend:

“There are good reasons a growing number of couples go digital when they send wedding invitations: It saves money, reduces your carbon footprint and can efficiently reach friends scattered around the world,” writes Billy Shannon.

One couple interviewed for the story estimated a $1,000 savings from not sending paper invitations. Stationers are taking notice; this year Crane & Co. will introduce printed invitations with response codes that can be scanned to  take guests to a website with wedding information.

“But old traditions die hard,” Shannon writes. “And traditionalists say it is not considered proper etiquette to send out email invitations when many people are accustomed to fancy paper invites, wrapped in tissue paper and delivered to a physical mailbox by a human being.”

Have you ever gotten a wedding invitation via email or Facebook? Would you send one?

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Whoops, there’s an oversight. Actually. Come to think of it. This is an advice column. There’s not one single bit of advice in it! This is just as bad as the food advice column I complained about earlier: giving a few facts and asking the readers to come up with actual advice!

Bah. Journalism is dead.

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