@Susan well, it is, undoubtedly, more efficient to send emails and RSVP via email. In fact, several months ago we received an emailed wedding invitation. The hosts included a note that they had mailed out invitations but many were damaged in transit and never reached their destinations. Consequently, they were emailing everyone. As I recall, we did receive the paper invitation, but I did think they could have saved a lot of expense by just emailing altogether. Perhaps the next generation will do so with no apology.
Hi Susan, my generalization from particularising is also based on that. I tell you, i just concluded skype talk with an expert in Information Retreival ( Prof), and our discussion was digressed to email/handwritten letters cutural shift.
"Formal invitations are, as well. However, while RSVP card tend to be included, more and more invitations I've seen also include an email address for responses."
I recently got an invitation from the U.S.Embassy to attend the opening of an art exhibition. It included an email address to RSVP. Other formal invitations I used to received by snail mail are now coming by email after a note saying they are not going to send invitations by post anymore, and that they will replace all the invitations by electronic invitations. They included an email address for signing up if I wanted to continue receiving the invitations.
I believe the strict ettiquete is already changing, and disappearing.
I can see how a letter, particularly a handwritten note, can stand out in a sea of e-mail. E-mail is so easy and I'll admit to taking the easy way most of the time. But I was struck during the PBS series the Civil War how the art of letter writing has been lost. And readers are right--there are some things that should absolutely be handwritten and are worth wating for.
@Al according to strict etiquette thank you notes are still supposed to be hand-written and mailed on hard copy. Formal invitations are, as well. However, while RSVP card tend to be included, more and more invitations I've seen also include an email address for responses.
In business, though, whatever makes you stand out is consider a distinct branding advantage. Consequently, when everyone else is emailing, your envelope can set you apart. Of course, what you put in that envelope is also key in making that attention-getter effective.
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