Post # 1
Bee’s, I’m struggling. I want to use Save the Dates…but it would be pointless. FI’s family is small and all of them know the wedding date and location. Even though they are spread out throughout the US, they are already preparing for the wedding. My family is all local. I think my sister has the longest drive at about 7 1/2 hours.
I know Save the Dates are for DW’s or if a lot of your guests are out of town…but I WANT them. FI is a graphic designer and can design them himself.
I’ve even been going through my emails from vistaprint and looking for ones that offer free post cards. That would be the only way I would do it. We have to stick to our budget and STD’s just seem like a waste if they aren’t needed. But how else will people know to come to our wedding website!?!?!?!
Post # 3
Since your wedding is so far out, I think it makes sense to send STDs (at a much later date). We’ve sent e-mails and talked about our wedding, but since it’s in “wedding season,” family members are STILL trying to plan their vacations during it — because people don’t remember. I ended up doing them kind of against my will for that reason …
Post # 4
I completely understand! I decided to go with postcards from Vistaprint. It was $40 for my own design on 100 postcards (shipping included in that). It is even cheaper if you use their design. But, bad news for me is that I completely forgot to list my wedding website on it and couldn’t cancel my order by the time I realized!
Also, I did them because people were already beginning planning vacations. I’m having a small wedding, so one or two missing families would be a big loss.
Post # 5
I know my situation is a little different, but only because I’m doing a destionation wedding. I have a very small wedding planned, and I’m going to send out my invitations in the next couple of weeks, with a line at the bottom of the invitation that says our wedding website. So, since we’re sending out the invitations so early (wedding is in April), we’re not doing save the dates. But honestly, if you want them, do them!
Post # 6
Well, no one needs an STD. lol… Sorry, that acronym still gets me every time I see it.
We didnt do them, no one missed them. We for reals saw them as a waste of money in our already small budget. If papergoods are a priority to you, do it. If not… weeeell, Id probably skip it.
Post # 7
@zippylef:damn it I was just about to say that lol
Post # 8
I don’t know what your budget is or how many guests you have, but I made our save-the-dates on zazzle using a personal pic for less than $50. But then, our invite list was under 80 people, most of whom are couples, so I ordered 50 postcards and had extras left over.
Post # 8
I decided against STDs just cos I realized I didnt really need them. You should get them if you really want them though. But if you just want a way for people to find out about your website, you can add it as your signature to emails or post it on social sites that your on.
Post # 9
Oh go ahead and do it. If nothing else, just make yourself one for a scrapbook.
Post # 10
I had no desire to do save the dates. I just didn’t see the point. We have the information on our website and our family, like you said, all knew the date. It is not a destination wedding at all. In the end my FMIL badgered me into it. I used Vistaprint and it cost about 30 for 100 postcards. The postcards were cheap but shipping was just as much as the cards so just be aware of the extra shipping costs on vistaprint
Post # 11
we didn’t use any and we’re still clocking in at about a 90% acceptance rate for the invites. there are still some stranglers we are waiting on however so that percentage may change. they didn’t use to use STDs and frankly i would rather spend the money elsewhere within the wedding budget.
Post # 12
I like Save the Dates…especially if you don’t have a website, and if you didn’t do engagement photos. I think its a great way to show some personality and have fun. So if you want them go with it. And if any of your guests have my memory, they need all the reminders they can get. I love having someone Save the Date on my fridge.
Post # 13
I don’t think anybody NEEDS save-the-dates, especially in the internet age. Everyone knows the date and has a calendar they can write it on to remind them, plus you have a wedding website, a facebook, a phone…! They’re a waste of money, and to be honest, I hadn’t even HEARD of them until about a year ago. I’ve never once seen them used, and I’ve been to a fair number of weddings.
That said, if you want one just because they’re cute maybe you can find a cheap alternative to a mailed save-the-date? Like an online video or something on your wedding website, maybe a cheap postcard that relates to your theme or colours?
Post # 14
@Miss BBQ: Oh I know. I am just thinking ahead. ^_^
Post # 15
@deliciousappleblue: Thanks. I know I don’t need them. It’s just one more cost and wasted paper. I just needed someone else tell me I don’t need them.