Post # 1
FI and I chose a small venue with a maximum capacity of 120. We did this dead set on having a “small” wedding— (in my family typical wedding size is 250-300+). Of course we knew that would mean a smaller guest list… which both of our moms have had issues slashing their guest lists. We didn’t send STDs to some people who we were unsure if we had room for. We had asked both our moms for lists, then reviewed the lists ourselves and placed a handful of guests on a maybe list. Both of our moms complained that we were rude in not sending the STDs to everyone.
I was under ther impression STDs were not formally required, therefore it was not necessary to send out to everyone. And at the time of mailing the STDs I did not want to send one to someone who was a on the maybe list. It’s been 2 months since we sent them out. Should I send out the 8 STDs we were originally unsure of? or just send them an invite in 2.5 months?
Post # 3
STDs are not required, and I agree with you on not sending to all, just VIPs, and maybe OOT guets. But that is optional. If I were you, I would not do B STDs, but just wait and do invites.
Post # 5
Both of your mom’s are wrong. Only send them to those you are definite on inviting. Once that STD is received they ARE invited, no takesy-backsies.
My DD is getting married in June and only family and far away friends were on the STD list. For generations and millenia no one even used these things and got a 6-8 week notice on when your wedding was when the invitation was received. We have a graduation in June in the family and we want our far away definitely-invite friends to have time to coordinate those things.
Do your mom’s realize that an STD is a solid invitation? Just send your 8 families/people invitations when you send the rest of them. Hold your ground.
Post # 6
I believe that the Save the Date notices were invited by the wedding industry to take our money. No one used to send them. I did not send any.
I think what you did is fine. Sadly, your parents will probably be very pushy about a lot of things they want. Guilt is one of a parent’s favorite weapons. It’s your wedding. Send both sets of parents a “Save the Guilt” card.
Post # 7
It’s not rude to send STDs to only some guests. You send them to the people you know for sure will get an invitation, which will buy you some time to whittle down your guest list. Good luck!
Post # 8
- Wedding: August 2015 - Country Club
I don’t think is rude either. I am sending save the dates to only out of town guests who have children (whom Im not including in the invitation) this way they can plan accordingly if they decide to come.
Post # 9
We didn’t send them to everyone – I don’t want my photo all over FI’s bosses’ fridges.
And I didn’t send STD’s to FMIL’s bosses for the same reason… it’s awkward.
Post # 10
We sent ours to out of town guests (most people). Our local guests are all parents’ friends who may or may not have wanted our grinning faces on their fridges. I did leave my parents with a stack of magnets just in case they wanted to give them to someone.
Post # 11
I wish we hadn’t sent them to everyone, it’s caused me some discomfort as I have 9 months of people knowing that they’re not invited instead of only a few weeks.
(we had to be selective with my Step Mom’s family)
Post # 12
We sent STDs to only those we knew for sure we wanted at our wedding. All these folks received an invitation later on.
However, invitations also went out to people who did NOT receive STDs. By that time, we understood our logistics a bit better and were able to include a few more potential guests.
But like other bees said, STDs are not required at all.
Post # 13
I don’t think its rude per se, but I’d be worried about drama if someone from your B list finds out that someone on the A list received one. but if their paths don’t cross (and if they don’t post your STDs on Facebook), that should be totally fine. we’re sending our STDs to everyone, but we most of our guests are out of towners.
Post # 14
We’re getting married in my hometown (on the other side of the country), so we only sent STD’s to people who were coming in from out of state.
Post # 15
I’ve never heard of sending STDs to every guest. Usually it’s for out of town guests who need time for travel plans, close family/friends you want to make sure keep the date open, and stuff like that.
We sent out maybe 100 stds and will have close to 150 invitations.
Post # 16
We aren’t doing Save the Dates, but if we were, we’d only be sending them to out-of-town guests. So no, I don’t think you’ve done anything rude here! 🙂