Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Saving Paper with Special Cards for Special Events

All Occasion Greeting Card Set 50 per package

Stephanie is the Sr. Marketing Manager at Punchbowl, Inc. She blogs about celebrations, party planning, and free eCards.

Life is full of special occasions. From yearly events such as holidays to milestone events such as weddings and baby showers, there are many opportunities for family and friends to come together and make memories that will last for years.

eCards are a great way to add a personal touch to any event. You can personalize them with your own special greeting, and save them forever. It’s also an eco-friendly way to save paper, and you won’t have to wait in line at the post office. Instantaneous delivery allows you to share information, memories, and warm wishes with loved ones more conveniently. Physical distance does not have to keep you from being close to those you love. Below are three instances where using free eCards can save you time and hassle and help you make your event exactly what you want.

Engagement Announcements

Becoming engaged is an exciting moment in anyone’s life. You are now looking forward to a lifetime with the person you love more than anyone else in the world. You want to proclaim this to the world.

An engagement also means planning a wedding, which can be a daunting task. Traditionally, there is a lot of paper used in the planning process, from engagement announcements, shower invitations, wedding invitations, and then thank-you cards after the event. One way to be more eco-friendly is to send eCards as your engagement announcements.

Using eCards allows you to get the news of your engagement out almost immediately. After you tell your closest friends and family, you can sit down with your betrothed and choose the perfect design, font, and message to represent you as a couple. You can choose to go the formal route, add a more quirky message, or do both and send different announcements to different people. eCards allow you the flexibility to announce your engagement exactly when and how you want to. Many sites will even let you upload a photo to add to the design!

Baby Shower Thank-You Notes

A baby shower is a rite of passage for any expecting mother. It is often planned by a close friend or family member, so all you have to do is show up and be showered with love and gifts. The only work you have to put into the event is the thank-you notes for all of the gifts. Celebrate the people who have helped you prepare for the arrival of your little one with personalized cards. Instead of spending time addressing dozens of paper envelopes, write a beautiful message inside a thank you eCard.

Choose a cute free thank-you note design with a pretty font. This simple action will make your thank-you note memorable. If you want to go the extra mile, you can upload pictures of you with the gifts you received and add the image to the card. This is an extremely personal touch and will show that you are grateful for that specific item.

Of course, if you want to go the extra mile, there are a lot of places you can find affordable favors. Sample-sized products are perfect for favors, and can be found for free and discounted prices at sites such as Closet of Free Samples.

Family Christmas Cards

One reason Christmas is so special is because it is a time that is set aside specifically for showing love. There are many Christmas traditions that bring families and friends closer together and add importance to the occasion.

One great Christmas tradition is the classic family photo Christmas card. Everyone looks forward to receiving an update about what the kids are up to, and how much taller everyone is this year. Taking a photo for a family Christmas card is half the fun.

There are a lot of fun theme ideas you can use for your Christmas photo, whether it’s matching outfits, coordinating colors, or a certain pose. Choose a card design that complements your photo and add a personal message from the family.

You can send out your Christmas eCards to everyone you want in minutes. You won’t have to = cut down on your mailing list and you don’t have to worry about sending it out in time during the holiday rush because you can schedule it weeks in advance.

There are a lot of benefits to using eCards to celebrate milestone events with your loved ones. It makes things simpler and allows you to focus on the things that really matter. Put your effort into having a great time, and those around you will benefit as well.

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