(Closed) Electronic/email Save-the-Date cards?

posted 8 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2018 - Coyaba Resort, Montego Bay

I think it’s great – effective, cheap & you can still get really creative & fun with it!

Post # 4
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Bumble bee

My save the dates have been a huge thorn in my side! If I could re-do it, I would definitely think of doing electronic cards (I think Mrs. Daffodil did a tutorial on how to put one in an email) for some of the guests. Although I know some people really want the real thing to hang on the fridge, so I’d still send actual cards to those who care. I definitely should have done an email engagement announcement, because we got engaged in May and people have been waiting a looong time for these save the dates (still haven’t mailed them). We set the date so long ago that I wish I had sent out a preliminary announcement with the date to keep everyone in the know.

I’m sending out 100 postcards. I ordered them from overnightprints.com and they were $52, but I had a coupon, so it was only $32 including shipping and all that. Since they are postcards, they only cost 28 cents to mail, so thats $28. $60 total isn’t too bad.

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

We did email save the dates and literally just sent them out this week. We are doing everything very low-key so it never occurred to me not to do them electronically (we did it both to save money and to save paper) but a few unexpected hiccups we hit:

– Older family members were a little confused by not knowing exactly who was invited, because the email STD doesn’t let you make it as clear. We got a couple of questions on if this was the invitation, whether grown children could bring live-in SOs, etc. (Incidentally I don’t think the grown children, who received their own STD emails, thought this was an issue, but hey.) It will be easy to make this clear on the actual invitations, but you do lose that ability with email.

– We have a wedding website and included it on the STDs. It also has an RSVP section, and some people have started RSVPing already. Generally this is great (happy to know sooner rather than later, and the site even says they’re welcome to do so) but we did have one person who will be a solo invite RSVP to bring along a friend, which was awkward since, again, the email STD doesn’t let you make it as clear who’s invited. We’re not worrying about it for now and will deal with it once the actual invites go out if it looks like numbers will be a concern….so we’ll see! And from what I’ve read here, it might be that he would have done that even if it had been addressed explicitly… 😉

Otherwise, though, we got lots of compliments on doing it via email with the link to the site, and it was sooooo much easier. I did send several test emails to various accounts to make sure it wouldn’t get caught in spam filters (you can’t put a link on an image with several filters, for instance, so I put the link right below it), and there’s no way to know for sure if everyone’s gotten it unless you use an email program with a “notify when read” option. But still very worth it—I would definitely do it that way again.

Hope that helps!

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I think they are cool for your friends who are internet savvy, but most likely not all of your guests are. Some might not have an email address. I suggest just sending a save the date card to everybody thats what I’m doing and I’m on a budget as well.

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

We’re doing some electronically and others in magnets for those that aren’t tech-savvy. 

Post # 10
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2009

We did this and loved it!

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 1996

@jacqi @oakster We’re July 2010 and are only now getting around to sending out the Save the Dates, I love hearing other couples are a little bit behind as well! bridepower, if you want to do email or web-based STDs, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t. I think most people do cards because they enjoy them, or they think their guests will enjoy them. If you prefer not to, then don’t. As long as everyone gets the message about the date, then it’s all good. It’s even better if you have a wedding website that everyone can go to and collect all the information they might be wondering about, such as hotel blocs and directions.

Post # 13
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2010

Hmmmmmm I’m beginning to think this is an awesome option!!! I’m going to read up on mrs. daffodil’s post now.

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I think unless you have a majority of your guests traveling a far distance to your wedding or it is a destination wedding, I wouldn’t even both with STDs. I don’t think it is at all rude not to send them out.

Post # 15
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2010

I just finished a prototype!! It’s more of a slide show created with google docs (love it!!)  It’s like an electronic Crebre80 and M wedding slide show complete with pictures and links!!  Way to Go on this post!!!! And it saved me a bunch of money you ladies rock!!

Post # 16
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2010

YAY and everyone loves the prototype!!!!! My mom, sister, cousin, M’s sister and a great core group of friends that I have on here say it’s wonderful!!! now all i have to do is send it out!!! EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE WE’RE GETTING MARRIED!!!

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