Post # 1
My FH and I aren’t having our wedding until April 2014, so we’ve got plenty of time to figure this stuff out, but we’re trying to figure out a rough estimate of how much we need to save. When we started looking at invitations and such, I wasn’t sure how important Save the Dates are to a wedding… are they absolutely essential?
Post # 3
@sassyshoeskate: YAY! Apring 2014! Are we date twins? We’re thinking the 5th!
As for save the dates, I already know we’re going to be doing them. Some of the important family is out of town, and I know they’d appreciate it. Plus, I wouldn’t be able to say no to sending out pictures from an engagement shoot!
Post # 4
@sassyshoeskate: LMAO nvm, just say that you’re the 26th 🙂
Post # 5
It really depends on how many out of town guests are coming, or if you’re having a destination wedding. 🙂 It was definitely essential for us since we’re getting married out of state.
Post # 6
Depends on the details of your wedding. If it’s a destination wedding, then i would say they are necessary. If you’re getting married in a town where 95% of your guests live, then it is optional/unnecessary
Post # 7
If you have a lot of Out of Town guests then I think it is important. However, your wedding is 2 years away so I think most guests would catch wind of when it is in that time.
Post # 8
I voted optional. We’re not doing them because we’re just having a small, intimate wedding with close family. Most of them already know our date so we’ll just send out our invitations a bit early. =)
Post # 9
I didn’t want them, because I would feel self important sending them out. I don’t know why, it just feels weird to me. I don’t mind when other people send them, though. That said, I am only inviting close family & friends, so they already know my date by word of mouth. No need for Save-The-Date Cards. My fiance sent out a casual email to his friends abroad once we picked a date, so I guess that was essentially the same thing.
My friend is having a destination wedding & she just sent her actual invitations out extremely early to give people time to plan. I much preferred that, TBH.
Post # 10
I don’t think they are absolutely necessary but it depends on your guests. Mine is on Memorial Day weekend and I have a lot of OOTers so I did Save-The-Date Cards to make sure people knew it was coming and didn’t make other plans over the long weekend.
Post # 11
I think it depends on the wedding. I had save the dates, because we have a lot of out of town guests and we’re getting married on a Sunday. We hoped that giving people enough notice would mean more people could make it.
Post # 12
We sent them because we are having a Destination Wedding and we are leaving from a returning to the cruise terminal in Baltimore. Since this is all happening around Inauguration in DC and our guests are flying in and out of BWI, Dulles and Reagan, we felt that it was important for them to know and make plans accordingly.
It’s up to you really. Some people enjoy receiving them in the mail and honestly, it’s quite refreshing when you get a creative one.
Post # 13
Totally unnecessary in my opinion. Everyone who is invited is quite close to us and already knows the date of our wedding.
Post # 14
We did them (Invited around 250… Actually had about 200). Sent them out in May ish for our September wedding. I mainly decided to do them because #1 I got them for a VERY reasonable price and #2 Our wedding was on Labor Day weekend… Wanted to let people know before they made holiday plans for the whole weekend.
What we did was we got ours through vistaprint – 100 free postcards. Didn’t use a picture of us – Used a cute silhouette couple because it was one of the free designs and did a black and white backside because it was free. So, we paid shipping and that was it – Didn’t really need to “save” money for them 🙂
Post # 15
I think they’re optional..we did them because we are getting married right after christmas/new years and a lot of people make plans/go away etc.
Post # 16
Like PPs said, it really depends. If you have a lot of Out of Town guests that you don’t speak to regularly and who wouldn’t otherwise know the date of your wedding without an STD, then you really should send them 6-12 months in advance so they can make travel arrangements.