Email Invitations Take The Next Step Toward Good Manners
This long weekend my family celebrated 3 events. Dinner with my brother and his fiancee, the first time we siblings have seen the pair since their engagement. Fourth of July. Beloved Big Nephew's 10th birthday. It was a festive couple of days.
In an odd harmonic convergence - we're big on those in California - last Tuesday I got a note from Jill of Paperless Post. She asked if I would write something about their email invitations. Not a sponsored post request, just, would I write something, please? She was polite. Big points in my book. Hard to resist. And I have been advocating email invitations since this post, last year. So I played around on the Paperless Post site. It was fun.
I know a lot of people are fidgeting right now. "No, no, this cannot be!" And I would never advocate email invitations if any recipients would be offended. That's the key. There is nothing, to my way of thinking, inherently impolite in electronics.
Email invitations are movies, paper is theater. Alternatively, emails are musicals, paper is opera. The traditional remains, the invention takes its space. You get my gist. In the year 2010, I would feel comfortable sending everything except the most ceremonial of invitations via a high-production-value email invitation system. High-production-values are key. The novelty alone, of animated envelopes and 3D effects, should compensate in many cases for the weight and feel of paper. By 2012, I may feel comfortable sending all invitations as bits and byes - assuming that music, video, and other effects can be added. There's always a tipping point when the benchmark for appropriate and courteous shifts.
Manners should be observed in the spirit of true courtesy. Intent is more important than trappings, unless you're meeting with the Ambassador.
Voila the Paperless Post I might have sent for last week's events. To design these, I customized various templates by choosing papers, envelope liners, motifs, type fonts, and colors. Like I said, fun. All invitations arrive by email. Each email contains the image of an envelope.
When your invitee clicks as requested, the animated envelope opens up and your invitation rises from inside.
Click to R.S.V.P. and you see this reply card. All dimensional and everything.
My suggestion? Sign up. Play. See what you think. Could make a great birthday party invitation for your wired pre-teen. He or she could design it themselves. Using a photo they took with their iPhone ShakeIt Fauxlaroid or Hipstamatic apps. Thereby adding to the production value. Or, one could throw a rehearsal dinner for a much-loved brother. Just saying.
And that, my friends, is all the technology and with-it-ness I can muster for today. Phew. Teetering on the deep chasm of ignorance.
All images via Paperless Post, except the Chilean soccer players:).