The Modernization of Weddings, for better or for worse…

Over the past decade, the internet has completely changed the way couples shop and plan their weddings.

Custom websites are more than just a trend.  They have become the norm.  Companies like Wedding.Paper.Divas and  WedSite offer stylish, user-friendly, customizable wedding websites with built-in RSVP services along with a host of other features.  And yes, in case you were wondering if it’s proper ettiquette, using an online RSVP service, email RSVP or Phone RSVP is actually now considered acceptable as long as you offer an alternative traditional method for those guests who may not be as comfortable with technology.

Young, high-tech couples are also creating their own Facebook pages where wedding guests can socialize before and after the big event;  sharing photos, videos, hotel rooms and carpools.  Some even have their own Twitter hash tags so friends and family can follow as they plan their big day.

As an added layer to wedding websites, Email Save the Dates are also socially acceptable and even considered environmentally responsible because they save paper and ink (and money).  Most every client and vendor we work with knows about PaperlessPost by now, and while their online RSVP system leaves something to be desired, their popularity is rapidly gaining momentum (although still under debate by traditionalists and the older generation of guests who are less comfortable with technology).

But the newest trend, as featured in an article in Sunday’s New York Times , is the use of Quick Response (QR) Codes  (which is a type of bar code for those of you who don’t know) on Save the Dates and Invitations.  These codes can be scanned by guests smartphone, and provide everything from driving directions to online RSVP services.  It can even automatically add the ceremony and reception to guests electronic calendars.

To be perfectly honest, I’m not quite sure how I feel about this new development.  QR Codes on wedding invitations?  It’s not right for everybody.  But like it or not, it’s here, and people are hungry for new experiences.  It’s definitely a trend, but trends come and go.  As far as proper etiquette, well, that’s debatable.

One thing’s for sure,  “e-mailing wedding invitations and thank-you notes is still an etiquette faux pas — paper please!”, says Emily Post.  Despite all the changes in protocol that technology has brought to the modern wedding, engraved and letterpress invitations will always be in style.




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