The Real Cost Of Sending Paper Invitations

Did you hear the news story about the little boy who was billed after he failed to attend a classmate’s birthday party?

Five-year old Alex Nash from Cornwall accepted the invitation to the dry ski slope in Devon but after his parents realised that the date clashed with other arrangements, he was not able to attend.

The official-looking invoice was found by the parents in the child’s school bag – which included banking information for payment to Julie Lawrence, the mother who had sent the bill for £15.95.

Alex’s father, Derek, has said that he has been told that the claim would be taken to small claims court following his refusal to pay the invoice. He commented:

“I can understand she’s upset about losing money. The money isn’t the issue, it’s the way she went about trying to get the money from me”.

Whilst the idea of invoicing a child for failing to attend a party seems ludicrous, no-shows at a birthday parties are a common gripe amongst parents – especially when the activity booked is a costly one.

In the article, Ms Lawrence argued that the necessary contact details were on the invite whilst the boy’s parents claim that, at the time, they did not have the necessary information needed to get in touch with her to cancel.

For us, this dispute highlighted the main problem with paper invites – you don’t always have them on you when you need them and they can be so easily lost, misplaced or left behind.

Invitation ecards on the other hand are much more accessible. An email card in an inbox can be found in a matter of moments, allowing attendees to view the details of the event, RSVP and (perhaps most importantly in this case) cancel by simply pressing the ‘Reply’ button.

Ecards aren’t just useful for hosts; replying in kind is a great way for those invited to pass on their response to a party invitation. And if you should you find yourself in the unfortunate position of having to cancel at a moment’s notice, a fun and entertaining birthday e-card addressed to the party thrower could very well soften the blow of a no-show…

…and avoid the need for those awkward and costly legal proceedings!


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