How to decide what's right for your celebration.

By Nancy Mattia
July 23, 2019
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You live your life online and couldn't imagine wedding planning without it. For that reason, it's completely logical that you might be toying around with the idea of digital RSVPs-but though there are certain reasons why the idea of digitizing your guests' responses is appealing, you're still hesitant to do it. To help you decide whether or not this is the right move for you, here are some positives and negatives associated with digital RSVPs.

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Pro: You'll save time.

There's no need to keep track of who's coming and who isn't on a spreadsheet-part of the beauty of digital RSVPs is that the website you're using does all the work for you.

Con: You'll be missing out on a beloved tradition.

Brides the world over have waited with bated breath for the post office to deliver those little envelopes with your address printed on the back. When they arrive, you tear them open and revel in hearing from cousins, aunt and uncles, and faraway friends. They're coming to the wedding!

Pro: Going digital is free.

Planning a wedding is expensive, so getting a break on anything wedding-related is almost too good to pass up. According to Shutterfly, printed RSVPs cost an average of $50 to $200 for 100 cards. By contrast, digital RSVPs are usually free. And since you won't have to buy stamps for the return envelopes, that's another $44 per 100 cards saved.

Con: Some guests may not be tech-savvy.

No one needs an advanced degree in computer science to figure out how to RSVP online, but there will always be some folks, like elderly relatives, who will need help getting back to you. Identify those people and call them to let them personally RSVP to you.

Pro: You'll be helping out the environment.

No paper, no carbon footprint, no impact on the earth. For anyone who's looking for ways to plan a greener wedding, digital RSVPs are a good way to go.

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