I answered with an emphatic yes when my friend Kristin asked if I would take a couple pictures of her family for their birthday invitation. Her idea was adorable; hold up a sign with the equation of their ages added together. It was their 75th birthday as a family after all. Witty and a winning photo, who could ask for more. Kristin also decided to go paperless, Paperless Post actually, super smart considering all the benefits.
I’m slightly addicted to paper, not very green of me. I still take notes on a old school notepad despite many attempts to use a more modern device. But I have to say, I think sending invites via email is pretty brilliant. You get stats on how many guests to expect, you don’t have to pay for the stamp (or the paper for that matter), and their are cuter and cuter online options available every time I turn around. I especially love the invites, like the one Kristin chose, that you can customize with a photo. Paperless Post has a great interface on the iPad and iPhone, attractive and easy to use. I also love that you can make the invitation appear as though it is coming out of an envelope as a nod to the snail mail tradition. You can find a couple of my favorite Paperless Post designs here, here, and here.
As far as the photo goes, I loved how the Lunny family portrait turned out. For the sign Kristin purchased chalkboard paper and I wrote out the equation on sight. I had brought a chalk pen, but was happier with the look of the basic, old-school white chalk. Holding up a sign is a great way to get a message across in an invite or seasonal card.
For more invitation ideas check out my pinterest board!