Facebook becoming the popular replacement for wedding invitations

More and more brides are skipping expensive wedding invites in favor of Facebook clicks.

15 days before their wedding, Donna “Cheap” Turner and Mason Sigman decided to add “mass blast a Facebook invitation” to the to-do list.

Turner, 40, who grew up in Coral Springs and lives in Denver, CO, said she reserved old-fashioned fancy wedding invitations for the older more traditional family guests and used Facebook wedding invitations to invite, well, everybody else.

One advantage is you instantly know who is coming and who can’t.  People can even tell you why they can’t come and post on your wall positive messages. If someone hasn’t responded you can take the time to privately message them to find out.

facebook wedding invitation example
Facebook wedding invitation example

Though a wedding is typically the most formal event of a lifetime, informality and social media are taking the place of tradition and embossed stationery, experts say. Facebook invitations may not be elegant keepsakes — they are as fleeting as any online page — but they are more economical, immediate and environmentally friendly than the Postal Service variety.

“Anything digital is becoming the hot new trend,” said Leslie Jenkins, the author of http://weddingengagementnoise.com.

This fad has its critics, who say Facebook is too casual for inviting people to a highly significant event. They critique it as impersonal and, when it comes to tone and propriety, slightly off-putting and tacky. Of course, “those people” are probably making money of the old fashioned invitations.

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Using Facebook/Social Media to organize your next wedding

Thought it was time to write on this again.  You see, a couple in Great Britain, Mark Hillary & Angelica Mari got married on December 3, 2010 and decided to forgo thee usual wedding etiquette like invitations, RSVP cards, save the date magnets, etc…. and only use social media. Not only did it save time, it saved loads of money on their wedding costs. Who wouldn’t want more money for the honeymoon instead of the wedding administration costs?

This is what the Facebook invite looked like below:

facebook wedding invitation
Example of a real facebook wedding invitation

Mark had this to say, “Facebook was useful because almost all my family and friends are on there. It’s true, there are some Facebook refuseniks and I had to update them by text message, and some partners of friends are not always on my friend list, but on the whole I managed to update everyone using a Facebook event.”

Of course, what is the downside….. what if the marriage falls apart…. will everyone be notified the same way? Roy Cellan-Jones even covered this story and more on his blog at BBC. Here are some of the negative sides to social media on the back side.

Here’s a quick devil’s advocate view of the bad side of social media:

Should a new celebration be for a divorce, or a more ‘discrete’, private celebration for an affair, you and the others in your web will have a different perspective on how you and your life are presented to the world, who has access to it, what they can do with it. You might wish only snail mail existed.

I know one or two people who deeply regret their Facebook history, because their lives and circumstances have changed and they wish that they could redefine their privacy, their friends, what the world knows about them. They can’t. They’ve tried. It’s to late.

What are some more pros and cons of using social media for your wedding?