(Closed) Electronic Save the Dates

posted 9 years ago in Paper
Post # 3
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

Honestly, I don’t think it is in bad taste.  Save some cash — everyone will still get a paper invite!

Post # 4
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2009

I’m a big fan of pixels to spread the word!  Better yet, we were able to direct everyone to our website so that they were instantly added to our database (no data entry needed)!

Just curious about what might be distasteful about html email?  (That’s what we did…)

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

If you’re worried about not being splashy enough, you could put together a little attachment that has an image of the announcement…which is what I did:

  http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/our-save-the-dates-1

We also included the URL in the message body.

Being a tech geek who uses Pine for email myself, I also hate HTML emails.  But *I* was okay with this option…so maybe that would work for you (I’m also a PhotoShop fiend so I really wanted to put this together).

Post # 7
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Worker bee

I actually plan on a simple email as my save-the-dates. Both my fiance and I are geeks… him moreso than me. I’ll probably ask him to Photoshop a nice looking "card" for me (because he’s better at it than me and I’m lazier) and attach that to the email… ask people to print it off if they want to.

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

The issue with HTML mail (for me anyway) arises b/c I use a text based email system on a UNIX server.  My mail program is super fast and efficient, it never opens dangerous attachments, but it cannot parse HTML.  If I get HTML mail I just see the tags (like some of the posts that come out that way).  If it seems important enough I’ll forward to some web-based program, but I hate it and I might also just ignore it.  This maybe a a pet peeve of your FI, but if he has friends who are like him too then it could actually be a big issue.

We did not use HTML mail, FYI. 

Post # 9
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2009

Ah, my geeky fiance sent it in like 3 different formats… For those who could access embedded html, it was right there, but it was also as an attachment and we sent a link.  So I think we had it covered.  Good to know!

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

wow, I am clueless about all this.

I sent my S-T-D as an HTML and has no complaints about people using it.  Neither me nor my fiance know anything about it, but my computer geek cousin formatted our PDF for email, sent it to me, and I basically forwarded to everyone!

I would do your best to get all the email addresses you can before you send out, unless the cousins still live at home, it would be nice for each to get an email if they’re going to be invited separately.

Post # 11
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Worker bee

The issue that fizicsGirl brings up is probably the most common problem with HTML emails.

Also, a lot of spam also comes in in HTML format, so many mail programs actually automatically delete anything with HTML formatting (I have a prof. who uses one and warns us about sending him email).

HTML in the emails might be pretty, but they tend to slow down the email sending because it has a lot more hidden things to send rather than just text. If you need to attach a file (say an image or something) that you downloaded from your digital camera (nowadays images can be upwards of 10Mbs), many email providers won’t be able to send it because there’s just too much content to send. The attachment can be large already, but what you don’t realize normally, is the nice looking HTML that you’re sending can also take up a lot of space.

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