I got this hot tip yesterday from my sister, who was complaining about the awfulness of e-vite (the on-line electronic invitation company). I had to agree with her on the negative reaction to e-vite and it's not because I'm usually designing and printing my invitations. I think on-line invitations have a very solid and practical place in the market. Sometimes, you just don't need or have the budget for beautifully printed paper invitations. E-vite is free but your envitation is paid for by advertising, which is just plain ugly and an unwelcome distraction to your event.
After reviewing the Paperless Press site, I'm really impressed! The invitation designers are really good (Prentiss Douthit was one of my favorites when I had my retail stationery store) and the e-invitations are designed to look as much like paper invitations as possible. Not only are they beautifully designed, they appear letterpressed, engraved or gold foil stamped.
I played around with the save the dates since I really believe this is a perfect use for electronic communication--link to the hotels for reservations, your wedding website, or the venues for google directions is so convenient to guests who are making plans. The font choices are plentiful but not overwhelming. You can change the font size, color and text alignment too. In a matter of seconds, I had a nice looking save the date ready to e-mail out. You can also link these to your event and sell tickets, link to your social networks etc. Pretty cool!
Of course, you get what you pay for. Sending these are not free, but then again, you are not also including advertising for party supplies either. It costs about $12 (paid in virtual "stamps") for 150 and you can also add extras like logos, envelope liners, photos and more with virtual "coins". I think that's still a reasonable deal for something so classy, don't you?