As I mentioned on Friday, I’m planning a dinner party. My guest list is pretty small. But I thought the event would be a good opportunity to try an online card and invitation site that I have had on my to-do list to take for a spin for ages: Paperless Post.
When a terse email or campy video is not classy enough for your event, try Paperless Post. The site attempts to deliver the same beauty and personal touch of printed and mailed invitations (and cards) that are delivered via email. My invitations were so elegant that my event will have trouble living up to the expectation I’ve set with this lovely online invitation experience!
Plus, the site lets my guests click to RSVP and keeps track of how many people received the invitation, who opened it, and how many people plan to attend. (That’s all information that I would have to track on my own with mailed invitations.) I created a guest list online and the site puts the guests’ names on the envelope as it sends the invitation to that person’s email address. And the delivery is much more than an email with an image in it. When my guests get my email invitation, they click on that image and it takes them online where they receive this envelope. It even has a stamp that I selected to match my event and invitation.
They click on it and the animated envelope turns over and presents the back of the envelope. This is my favorite part. I got to choose the interior image and the envelope.
The cards are not all free. You buy Paperless Post coins to get premium cards and little extras—the stamp, fancy envelope, pretty envelope liner—to go with your cards. The more coins you buy, the cheaper they are. The smallest amount you can buy is 25 coins for $5. I spent 4 coins sending these invitations.
Christina Tynan-Wood writes the Family Tech column for Family Circle, and is the author of “How to Be a Geek Goddess.” You can find her at GeekGirlfriends.com, as well as here on Momster.com.