@Daizy914: We are doing them. It was a compromise, my Fiance really wanted to just email invite everyone. I said no, his mom backed me. We are doing an email save the date.
It’s also a cost thing. It’s $1 for a standard envelope within Canada, nearly $2 to ship it internationally. At 168 people on the guest list its over 100 invites. For that reason we’re doing a one card invite, no embellishments, no reply card (online reply through our website.) I’m a big believer that you can’t send and RSVP card without postage paid. So that was going to be $4 minimum for each overseas invite (which is half our guest list). Not to mention the cost of the invitations themselves, return address labels, etc. It just wasn’t where we wanted to spend our money.
So, we’re ordering lovely, printed one page invites, they match the wedding website, they’re formal wording, and we’re purchasing matching return address labels. I’ll address the invites when they get here and we’re hand delivering as many as possible (it means our overseas guests are getting them very early, since we’ll be there later this year.)
The save the date email is a video. And it will link everyone to our wedding website. So they’ll have seen the website prior to the invite. Once the invites are out we’ll open up our RSVP page (currently hidden).
I worked out the postage today, erring on the side that there will be people we can’t hand deliver to, even at home. Our postage costs are under $200, for invites and thank yous (the thank you cards are being ordered as well, to match. We’ll print small photos to include inside with our note.) The entire cost of invitations, wedding thank yous, shower thank you cards, 3 different set of return address labels (old names, new names, and my personal ones for my shower thank yous) is all less than $250. Done and Done.
Edited to Add: The invite will still have a corresponding envelope. The address and return labels will be addressed as normal. It’s just a one page invite (info on the front, damask print on the back) like a post card. The very last line of text is our wedding website… after the RSVP request.