It’s just 6 weeks until Joshua’s 2nd birthday and I have done nothing to contribute to it, not even bought a present. To be honest, Joshua’s 2nd birthday really has snuck up on me. I am totally not ready for Joshua to turn 2. Anyway, I am finally making a start on organising things, starting with the invitations for his little party. I absolutely suck at sending out invites in the post and I hate having to buy stamps to send letters. So when I was approached by Paperless Post to use their services, I was delighted. I couldn’t wait to dive in.
Paperless Post is a company that allows you to create online and paper invitations and cards. They have a wide variety of customisable designs to cater for each individual for a selection of occasions. Paperless Post have collaborated with leading designers; such as Kate Spade, Oscar de la Renta, Jonathon Alder and John Derian. There is something for everyone.
1. Choose your occasion.
Paperless Post offers a huge selection of occasions and some include; birthday parties, baby showers, corporate events, weddings and cocktail parties. The possibilities are endless. Of course, I chose party invites and specifically kids invites.
2. Pick your design.
There is a huge database of designs to cater for everyone with every taste. You can even choose a design to upload your own image. I love this dinosaur design, it is super cool! I was torn between this and one with farm animals, Joshua loves both.
Firstly, you start customising the front of the invitation. You can change the font style, colour and size, there may be the option to tweak the design if there are different colours available. You can also add a backdrop to your design. So instead of viewing your invite on a white backdrop, there are loads of different designs to choose from.
Once you’ve done that it’s time to design your envelope. You can change the colour of the envelope as well as the design on the inside. You can even change the font style on the front of the envelope and you can change the backdrop on this too.
4. Design your RSVP card.
As it’s an online invitation, your guests have the immediate option to choose whether they can attend or not. There are several gorgeous designs to choose from and you can change the backdrop on this. The only annoyance I found was that you can’t move anything around, so a lot of the designs overlapped the text and couldn’t be used. I also would have liked to have been able to change the font style but that was a minor issue.
5. Enter your details.
Next step is to input all your details, such as the title of the event, the date and location of the event. What I liked most about this, is that when you enter the location it uses Google maps to show your guests where it is and as it’s online it’s incredibly useful for people to use on their mobiles. If need be, you can also add a gift registry. So if you have started a registry on let’s say Amazon, you just enter the URL of your Amazon registry and your guests can view that for inspiration on what they can purchase as a gift. If you are providing food and need to know either a specific menu choice or dietary requirement, there is the option to add this to the reply card.
6. Add your guests.
Finally, it’s time to add your guests. To do this, you need to enter their name and email address. There is no limit on how many you can to send! You also have the ability to preview your email invitation before you send it to ensure it looks exactly how you want it to (you can’t do that with a paper invite after you’ve received it to send).
Once you have sent your invites, you are able to track who has opened and who has sent their RSVP. You also have the option to follow up with their RSVP and send them a reminder email, perfect!
In order to use the online invitations, you have to purchase some online coins. You can’t use coins to send paper invites, which is a bit of a pain. It starts from £6 for 20 coins and goes all the way up to £239 for 4,000 coins. Of course the more you buy in bulk, the more you’ll save rather than if you kept buying batches of 20 coins. You’re probably looking at around 6 coins, on average, per guest you’re sending the invite too. Although a basic invite can cost you 2 coins, it very much depends on designs and customisation you choose.
All in all, I have enjoyed using the features of Paperless Post to create the invitations for Joshua’s birthday and it has been a lot less hassle than having to gather everyone’s address to send them an invitation in the post.
Is this a service that you would use?
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