Weddings are often considered one of the most important days of a bride and grooms lives but given the many requirements and expectations, it has also become one of the most expensive days.

The big question is, when going through the stages of planning your big day, how can you cut costs? The short answer: go paperless.  The cost of invitations, RSVP cards, envelopes and mailing can cost hundreds to thousands of dollars. Many people make the mistake of assuming it is custom designs that increase the amount when really the costs incurred from printing and mailing. Although some have their invitations printed on standard paper, most end up spending extra money to have their invitations and material printed on high quality, custom types of paper. This can lead to spending between $2.00 and $5.00 per a person not including mailing expenses.

Another thing to consider is the hassle of invitations and RSVP cards. No matter no personal mailing an invitation may seem, there is always a chance that it will not reach the recipient. When the recipient does receive their invitation, they then have to fill out the RSVP card and mail it back to the sender. This just adds another opportunity for the mail to be lost or for the recipient to not remember to send the card.

So, how do you go paperless? The answer to this is simple: technology. Couples can still have a beautiful invitation sent to their family and friends; it will just be via email instead of snail mail. Templated invitations can often cost as low as $10.00 with custom invitations starting around $20.00 and the best part is it’s a one-time cost.

In addition to E-invites, the latest trend making its way into the wedding industry is the use of wedding websites. Wedding websites are practical, informative, and inexpensive. These websites include everything from the location, date, and time of the wedding to a form specifically used for guests to RSVP, select their meal choice, and even request songs for the DJ. Having everything in one place online not only lessens costs but increases organization.

I myself have had the pleasure of creating wedding sites and have seen first-hand the ease and relief it brings to couples. When it comes time to start planning your special day, consider going paperless and let love reign, not money and stress.

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