I remember when I was young, how excited I would get to receive an invitation in the mail or at school to a party. They were colorfully decorated with cute pictures or shiny stickers, and always had my name on them proving that I was the intended receiver. I would run inside and proudly stick them to the refrigerator with a magnet, so everyone knew I had been invited somewhere special. It filled me with a sense of belonging and friendship. The same is still true of mailed or personally handed invitations and cards.
However, in today’s fast passed world where almost anyone you can think of is connected on the internet, personalized invitations are slowly becoming a thing of the past. Now with a few clicks on the social media platform of your choice, you can literally invite millions of people. There is no longer a need for mailing addresses and stamps.
Well, not exactly.
There are still some very special occasions that in my opinion deserve a personal invite or card. I have compiled a list of the top 3 reasons to spend the money on custom, personalized cards:
- Weddings and all the surrounding events
Weddings for many people, take months and years to plan, so would simply selecting friends on a list do for something that has taken up so much time? I think not! If you are planning to have a wedding with showers and bachelorette/bachelor parties, it is best to go with something in the mail for people to have and hold on to in memory of your special event.
- Birthday parties for small humans
If you happen to be a parent, then planning birthday parties is a part of every year. Since most 5 year olds do not have a page on social media, with lists of their friends to choose from, it is probably best to go with personalized invitations.
- To fully convey a feeling or emotion
Electronic cards and posts are fun and silly, but lack the ability to convey and real emotion or feeling. If you are doing valentines or condolences for a loved one, posting to someone’s page is less likely to get your meaning across. This is a time when spending a little extra on a card could go a long way.