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Tuesday, 7 February 2012

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Trendy couples are not just in the soup about spurning shark’s fin soup at their nuptials. They are now in hot water over wedding invitations.

Internet-savvy couples are ripping up the usual way of sending invites – those fancy cards with formal words – and using Facebook instead.

Take 24-year-old marketing specialist Lim Yi Ning and 26-year-old product manager Foo Tiang Lim who sent friends and relatives an invitation through Facebook that said: “You are cordially invited to our wedding.”

It worked like this: Those on the guest list received an online notification. They then visited the page to view the event details and RSVP-ed simply by clicking either “Join”, “Maybe” or “Decline”.

No agonising over the type of paper and choice of words, no pen to sign your name, no licking of envelopes and no stamps. But the move does not hit the “write” note with older folk, etiquette experts and wedding planners.

Cashier Jean Tan, who is in her 50s, does not have a Facebook account and feels that using it to send out wedding invitations is “insincere”.

“It seems like just throwing the occasion out there and if you want to come, you come. It does not follow proper tradition,” she added.

Not sending invitation cards can give the impression that the couple is on a tight budget or pressed for time, said Eunice Tan, 39, founder of Image Flair Academy Of Modern Etiquette.

Jonathan Goh, 40, director of wedding planning company Wedding Acts, said he always advised his clients to send out formal invitation cards.

“A lot of people say ‘move with modern times and technology’. This may be possible 10 to 20 years in the future when everyone is on a social media network, but for now, there are still relatives and friends who prefer to have the paper invite,” he said. — The Straits Times/ Asia News Network

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