OK, we just wrote about environmentally-friendly paper invites, but you have to check out Paperless Post. It’s not your typical e-vite site—even the sworn snail-mailers will fall in love with the quaint, “real” paper-like designs this site provides.
Just sign up (it’s painless and free, plus the confirmation e-mail you get is super-adorable), and choose from tons of different occasions—note cards, save the dates, birth announcements—anything! The designs are pretty, and vividly reminiscent of real, high-grade stationery. Patterns range from fun (a Cinco de Mayo selection boasts piñatas, sombreros and maracas in lively colors) to more serious stuff (sampling Save the Dates turns up stylish sketches of destination weddings, like the Eiffel Tower and balmy palm trees, or crisp, modern patterns).
We created our own celebratory spring stationery just for fun. As writers, we’re already in love with fonts, but the site boasted a wide-range selection of different motifs. You could color, space and design as you pleased. (Don’t judge the sample. Writers we are, designers…we are not.) Different set-ups also allow you to upload pictures. Done with your invite? You can choose you own envelope…with a liner!
Then it’s time to send out your card, adding important details like the where, when and if an RSVP will be required. Once you send it out, you receive a life-like envelope in your inbox, click it, open it and…ta-da! An invitation. A lot cooler than Facebook, right?