Close up of seed paper wedding invitations with two gold rings on the right side.

Why Choose Printed Wedding Invitations Over Digital Delivery?

In the excitement of planning a wedding, it’s easy to get overwhelmed with all the choices leading up to the big day. Do you serve plated or buffet dinners? Do you invite your second cousin twice removed? Do you send evites or printed invitations? 

While we can’t help you narrow down your guest list or go to menu tasting with you, we do know our way around thoughtful experiences for both people and the planet.

When it comes to printed invitations, the worry of waste often comes up. From a low-waste perspective, yes, evites are great. However, when it comes to the impacts of web usage, it still has the potential to produce thousands of pounds of carbon dioxide per year. Low waste does not equal no impact.

close up of a women pulling a wedding invitation out of an envelope
Art Nouveau Plantable Wedding Invitation

Here are a few of the benefits of choosing traditional printed invitations over a digital delivery:

1. Printed invitations are more engaging and impactful for your guests

When you receive a birthday card in the mail, you feel important, valued, and excited. That’s how printed invitations will make your guests feel. They will likely add it to their fridge to serve as a reminder and count down the days with you as the event gets closer. Plus, invitations are often pieces of art, and a representation of you as a couple. Often guests will hold on to them for years to come.

2. They make a wonderful keepsake for you and your guests

Printed invitations are tangible memories, not only for your guests but for you too. Imagine celebrating your 10th anniversary and going through your album from that day and seeing your invitation suite. Holding the paper feeling the texture, and seeing the colours can take you back to the excitement you felt when you were making all the pre-wedding decisions.

Speaking of pictures, the invitation suite will look amazing in the detail shots and flat lays that your photographer captures. Details such as your envelope and invite add colour and texture to these photos, and make them that much more special.

A flat lay with wedding invitations, shoes, rings and a wax seal all laid on a marble surface
Graceful Blooms Seed Paper Wedding Invitations

3. They are more inclusive for guests who aren’t tech-savvy

Digital invitations are great when they work, but even when they do it’s hard to account for user error. Young or old, if someone hasn’t received a digital invitation before, it could lead to questions rather than excitement. Each platform that hosts digital invitations handles RSVPs slightly differently, which can add to the confusion. 

4. Mail is a more reliable delivery method

Mail has been around since the 1700s — it has its flaws but it is the most reliable method of delivering important messages. Unlike with digital invitations, you don’t have to worry about spam filters, getting lost in their inbox, or not being seen altogether. Believe it or not, not everyone checks their email daily, and some older guests may not even have an email address.

5. There are zero-waste options

Whether it be digital or physical, invitations set the tone for your day and give guests a sneak peek at what to expect on your big day. You don’t have to go paper-free to be eco-conscious. Invitations made with recycled paper or seed paper, a biodegradable eco-paper made with post-consumer and post-industrial paper waste and embedded with seeds, are a sustainable alternative. Using plantable paper means your guests will be able to plant your invitations and watch flowers grow — just another thoughtful detail for your guests to enjoy. 


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