- Online invitations are one way to avoid using paper and spending money to get the word out about your event. You can e-mail all of the people you want to come to your event, or try creating an event page on a social networking site like Facebook or Myspace. Other sites like Paperless Post, Evite and Enclude specialize in paperless ways to spread the word about an event or gathering to the people you want in attendance.
Invite People in Person
- Announcements may not be appropriate for all events, but they may be an effective alternative to an invitation for some celebrations. If you are at a family, work or social gathering, try giving a toast or announcing to everyone about your event to get the word out there in lieu of invitations. You can also simply locate the people you want to attend your event and tell them about it in person.
Save the Date
- For weddings, many couples send out save-the-date cards a couple of months prior to mailing actual wedding invitations. While it may be nice to get the word out before sending the real invitation, why not combine the two into one joint mailing? Sending out one piece of stationary that reminds people of the date and serves as a makeshift invitation is a good way to save money and time while reducing the amount of paper you use in the process.
- As old-fashioned as it may seem, try calling all of the people you want to invite to your event. Compile a list of phone numbers and give everyone a call. If you are planning a wedding, you can even do this twice --- once as a save-the-date and once as an invitation. Calling up all the people you want to invite saves you the cost of invitations and uses no paper at all.