Post # 1
We’re planning on having a very informal and small destination wedding weekend. I’m wondering if our invitations could serve as the save the date, if we send them out 6 months in advance. I guess I feel like for a 50 person wedding, having Save-The-Date Cards is redundant, since the “formal” invitation will just have the date, location, and website address where all the logistical information will be.
I’d appreciate any of your input!
Post # 4
I don’t think so…mostly because sending an invitation 6 months in advance is risky. People may forget/lose it, and the invitation is basically the reminder from the original save the date.
Post # 5
@hellodahlia: I’d worry about an invitation going out 6 months before the wedding would get lost.
When would your RSVP deadline be?
If you give someone an invite 6 months in advance and then not require an RSVP until say… 6-8 weeks in advance I can see a lot of them getting misplaced and you having to make a lot of calls to see who is coming.
Also, many people are last minute bookers, so the STD is good for those who book in advance/people whose schedules fill up and a later invitation is a good “kick in the pants” reminder to those who are late in making travel arrangements.
Post # 6
I agree with the PPs that people might forget to RSVP or make plans that far in adance, especially since it is a destination wedding.
Post # 7
I’m wondering if maybe you could switch things up and send the invitiation at 6 months, but send a reminder 6-8 weeks before. The reminder could be a postcard or something small that’s a “don’t forget” type of thing. Since your wedding is small and informal, I would think this is acceptable.
Post # 8
Yikes – this is why I’m not planning a DW! 😉 Great points by PP’s that I didn’t even consider.
Post # 9
@Crabbabs: I actually really like this idea! It’s very cute!
Post # 10
Maybe email Save the dates from your website link. I know I sent email Save the Dates to our friends over seas. Or super cheap way, postcards! Zazzle and Vistaprint have good cheap ones or use an Avery form – so easy!
And then send the actual invites 3 months out. Long enough for them to finalize travel plans.
Have Fun – Congrats
Post # 11
THANK YOU so much for the input, everyone! I didn’t realize there may be both last minute bookers out there versus early planners, so it’s important to have both Save-The-Date Cards and invites, even if they pretty much say the same thing – but they have different functions — one is a heads up and the other is more like a reminder. Great advice and thanks again!!!!!
Post # 12
You can always make the Save the Date very simple and have more information printed on the invitation so they aren’t the exact same information.
This website has some great options and they aren’t too expensive: http://www.weddingpaperdivas.com/shop/save-the-date-cards.htm