Post # 1
FI and are are going to be booking our venue very soon (YAY!! contract will be in the mail today I’m thinking). Anywho, at first we were going to do save-the-dates (wedding is Nov. 2014) but now I’m thinking they won’t be totally necessary and we could save some $$ by not doing them. However, I’m thinking it would be good to send STD’s to our out-of-state guests. Thankfully most of them are in the surrounding states, but some are in Florida as well.
What do you bees think? Did you do STD’s or scrap the idea?
Post # 3
I didn’t bother with them, personally i think they’re a waste of money, you’ll tell people when and what date you’re getting married on. They’ll remember, and lets face it have plenty of notice.
Post # 4
I’ll give you a Judith Martin style answer: “Only if you wish guests to save the date.”
They don’t have to be expensive – take a picture, have some postcards printed up, Bob’s your uncle.
Post # 5
There is a deal going on at living social for Vista Print. They have some pretty nice save the dates. We’re planning an Oct 2014 wedding and so far this is the first thing we’ve bought for the big day.
Post # 6
There are a ton of cheap ways to do STD’s. Just research.
We are doing them. We get a free e-session from our photographer and want to do it because we don’t have any good pictures of each other together. As a photographer myself, I have cheap printing resources from my labs I use for my clients and the ability to edit to the way I want the STD’s to be.
Zazzle, Vista…they are always offering great deals also.
ETA: we are having about a 50 person wedding, and only need about 30 STD/Invites, so it won’t be too expensive for us.
Post # 7
I didn’t do STDs, because everyone is local, and whoever isn’t local already knows the date (aka my parents and a couple of close friends). We’re also having a very intimate wedding, so the reach of the guest list doesn’t go very far and thus information is easy to pass along.
Post # 8
@serenabride: That’s how I feel as well, plus I have told a couple family members already anyway as they have asked. 🙂
@geekspice: LOL, good answer! If we do them, we are going to DIY them. At first I was really excited for them, then realized they’re probably not that needed unless people are driving/flying in from far distances.
@mydeadfriendx: Oh cool, thank you! I think I may have seen that deal a while back, or from another site, but I will consider that!
Post # 9
@Elrodien: No. They are not necessary at all.
We;re doing it because our photographer included it in our package and will provide us with magnet save the dates…otherwise, I wouldn’t have.
Post # 10
- Wedding: April 2013 - Rhode Island
@Elrodien: I think STDs are very important, can be fun, and are borderline necessary. We did them, and they turned out awesome! I was super excited to send them out! I think it’s important to send them if you want people to show up. That doesn’t mean you need to spend a lot of money. It could be a postcard. But giving everyone ample notice (especially out-of-town guests) is crucial. I personally dislike the idea of giving them out only to out-of-town guests because then some people might get their feelings hurt. I can just hear my aunt saying, “Well, why didn’t I get one? Am I not invited?” It’ll avoid confusion if you just send them to everyone you plan on inviting.
Post # 11
@jmaze: Yeah, we are going to DIY our way through them if we decide on them. I did find a photographer who includes STD’s in their package, and another who includes thank you cards. We shall see, there aren’t a whole ton of out-of-stater guests for our wedding anyway so it will still be relatively cheap.
@firefliesinthesky: Good idea! Most of our guests live pretty close to us as well, but some of them are far (I live in Illinois and my uncle + fam and FI’s grandpa live in Florida) so I thought it might be nice for them to have a heads up. 😀
Post # 12
We didn’t want to spend the $300+ to do them. So we scrapped the idea. I think they are cute though. I really like the pictures that are magnets. We have like 3 from other people still on our fridge 🙂
Post # 13
@Mimoza: Cute! I found a photographer who includes STD’s as well but will have to find out who it was again and consider it.
@Christy42213: This is true as well, but thankfully I don’t expect that people who are local would be offended. I was thinking of just getting some decent paper with a burlap string and having our date/location printed inside, and it would just be that simple and save a bunch of money.
Post # 14
@RoyalLime: I think those are cute too! I found some on etsy for $1 apiece but I could probably DIY our own for even less, plus just sending them to out-of-state guests would also cut back.
Post # 15
Because I need to schedule flights for most weddings that I go to, I appreciate a STD to put on the fridge and remind myself. I don’t think it’s necessary, but it’s very nice to have so I don’t forget when I’m making flight plans and have to get a hold of somebody to ask.
I use VistaPrint a lot for work and they have great prices and great customer service!
If you really don’t want to spend the money though, maybe an eSave the Date? Email a somewhat designed email or something that people could print out. I think that’s a nice alternative with modern technology 🙂
Post # 16
I wasn’t planning on sending them (we are having a DW and we sent our invitations about 6 months in advance). But when FI and I were looking at wedding invitations, he really liked a particular Save the Date magnet and insisted that we send them with our invitations. He wouldn’t believe me that we were suppose to send them out before the invitations, apparently its a nice way for our guests to remember our wedding everytime they go to the fridge – lol.