So as much as #ilovepaper, I love the convenience that comes with electronic communications.
Yes, I said “electronic communications.” I remember life before the interwebs, people, when computers needed start-up disks and you were sent to the library to learn how to use a mouse. #truestory.
Back to the matter at hand. Mainly, it’s that I don’t have a lot of my friends’ addresses on file. So, come cocktail party time (which is allthetime), it’s easier to send e-invitations.
Enter Paperless Post.
No more cheesy e-vites with bad pictures of oversized martini glasses and limited room for copy and important details like “bring wine.”
Finally, a e-invite service that has designs I am not ashamed to send. (Snaps to LKS for turning me onto this one.)
Paperless Post works two ways – there are electronic invites, and you can also select to have paper versions ordered.
The designs are more like real stationary than emails, and you have much more control over the actual design elements — like fonts, type layout, and images.
Did I mention the part where you can include electronic envelope liners and response cards? So much better than an e-vite.
When the invite is delivered, the image is embedded into the actual email, so your guests can literally click the envelope to open it, and fill out the response card. There is an auto-download feature to add the event to your preferred calendar service, and an option to include a link to the location.
Plus, there is a sweet big brother aspect to it where Paperless Post lets you track who has opened your invite, bounced emails, responded, etc. (To everyone who hasn’t RSVP’d for fall beer & wine tasting, I’m watching you…)
Plus, you can track it all in an iPhone app, and set up handy reminders to your guest list. Or do old-fashioned things like export it to an excel doc, if you like to roll Windows97 style.
Some designs are simpler, with just text — which you can select from the varied Paperless Post text library.
Others you can customize with your own images.
The catch? Not all the features on Paperless Post are free. The paper invites, for one, cost $. And some of the more premium features on the electronic invites, like the fancier designs or the envelope liners, cost “paperless post coins.”
You receive 25 coins for signing up, and there are a variety of options to earn more. Or, you can purchase coins – 25 for $5.00. As many of the premium features are 2 coins/recipient – it works out to be $5.00 to send 12 of the premium electronic invites, if you buy the coins outright. (Still, this is way more affordable than if you ordered paper cards from a stationary shop and mailed them USPS.)
However, there are enough free designs that you really don’t need coins unless you really want of of the premium designs.
The internet and paper, together as one? I’m sold.
Move over e-vite, Paperless Post is here.