Though the whole world seems to going “paperless” there is really one set of documents that will never convert entirely into the electronic domain, and that is wedding invitations and wedding related mailings.
Just consider a wedding without a big fat envelope full of pretty cards and envelopes relating to the day… it is not possible. Wedding invitations are the only way that people can easily get the full details of the event to their guests. For example, it is not uncommon for a modern invitation to contain the actual formal invitation, a reply card with a stamped envelope, a bit of information about the bridal registry, and any information related to hotel accommodations or directions.
This is why wedding invitations are usually quite heavy and why they just cannot be replaced by a paperless option or a simple email.
Of course, they cannot be replaced because they also serve as a physical reminder of the day. Many people love to keep copies of the formal invitation with their photos or scrapbooks, but this also means that they have to be chosen carefully.
Why? An invitation tends to “set the stage” for what the guests can expect. For instance, most modern brides and grooms will choose invitations that reflect their style or the theme for the day.
Consider that the bride who is dressing their party in the famous “Tiffany Blue,” will also pick wedding stationery that reflects her choice. This can mean that the engagement announcements, save the date cards, invitations, and thank you notes all have that color scheme, and this “cues” the guests to expect it when they arrive at any of the wedding related events. It also allows them to know that the bride and groom have opted for a bit more formal approach to their wedding, and it is good to allow guests this sort of clue.