If you're more likely to use e-mail than you are to send letters through the mail, don't feel obligated to send paper invitations just because it's tradition. Web-based invitation services combine the beauty of fine stationery with the convenience of the Internet, all for less than the price of postage. Services like Paperless Post allow you to customize invitations with pictures, graphics and wedding details, and then automatically send invitations to everyone on your guest list. This gives busy couples a way to keep track of the guest list and RSVPs in one spot, without the need for endless paper lists and reply cards.
Web-based invitations also make it easy to alert guests of any changes or updates once invitations have been sent. If you plan to have a "green" wedding, go completely paper-free by combining Web-based invitations with a wedding Web site. The money you save on printing and postage will more than pay for professional Web design and the small cost of online invitations.