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DIY Invitations are here to stay – Wouldn’t you agree?

DIY Invitations are here to stay – Wouldn’t you agree?

Long live DIY Invitations..

We live in such an informal world these days.  When we make plans with friends or family, we often don’t even think about who might be available, or even where everyone will meet.

I do miss receiving formal paper invitations — including detailed gift instructions — in the mail.  Of course, the last one I received was for a wedding, and as most of my friends have either already married or passed on the idea of marriage, I fear that the number of paper invitations I am to receive will soon grind to a screeching halt.

A recent visit to a Big Box retailer included a stroll through the cards section (I still do buy and send paper greeting cards), which naturally abutted an outstanding selection of paper kits for DIY invitations.  They still had the small kitschy birthday card kits reminiscent of my youth, but they also had beautiful, high-design boxed DIY invitations sets, which served to spark creativity and enthusiasm in me.  I wanted to buy 4 or 5 of these DIY invitations kits, thinking that I’ll figure out what sort of party to throw or whom to invite later on.

But I didn’t buy the boxed DIY invitations — only the paper greeting cards.

I figured:  I’d have to fill out each invitation by hand, which didn’t present itself as such a large problem.  But then there’s the other problem:  I don’t have my friends’ home mailing addresses.   I would have to send out a group email to everyone and ask, ‘Can you guys please send me your address?’  It’s as super-annoying when we get those messages on Facebook, ‘Can you guys send me your cell numbers again?  I got a new phone!’  You see my point.

That had me thinking:  can’t I still create DIY invitations and make my interactions more formal?  The answer is Yes, and I’m proud to say that I’m part of a team of designers, engineers, and managers at PurpleSlate, who wish to bring this inspiration to everyone.

DIY Invitations with PurpleSlate mobile app

At PurpleSlate, we are working tirelessly to create a mobile experience that would inject all of the inspiration and fun into informal event planning, and supercharge it for more.

For instance, a paper invitation may be beautiful and thoughtful, but what happens after the event?  Well, my Aunt Barbara was known to frame invitations from cousins, as a cheap way to decorate the walls of her condo (sorry, Aunt Barbara).  But beyond that, what else do you do after an event?  You’d have to rely on some sort of event photographer or videographer to capture all of the special moments, or hope that some of the photos end up on Facebook.

With PurpleSlate, you can create the event, DIY invitations, capture the moments during the event, and then archive and share afterwards.  It’s all-in-one, and we expect this will spur more gatherings and unite small groups in unexpected ways. As we continue to refine our mobile invitation maker which is in development, we want to hear from you!

Please continue to send us your comments and suggestions, and we appreciate your being a part of the PurpleSlate community.


Posted by Jake Wengroff on February 25, 2015.

Jake WengroffI have served as the Founding Chairman of the Social Media Strategies Summit, and have written for publications such as and InformationWeek. I have been quoted in Time, Reuters, Bloomberg, and other publications on the topics of social media and marketing. If you enjoyed reading this post, join our email list to get free email updates.