Post # 1
At the moment, I kindof have my heart set on certain “save-the-date” announcements… those with the photograph of the couple on it. Anyway, after looking at prices & how many announcements we need (I’d say our wedding will be close to 300… and we all know not everybody comes to weddings), i’m disappointed because I may have to settle with something different. I contemplated printing our own but we have a terrible printer. Does anybody have any DIY save the date ideas?
Post # 3
What budget are hoping to stay under for your STDs? We may be able to point you towards some with a photograph that will work for you!
Post # 4
I just got my save the dates through vistaprint.com. Sign up for their mailing list and you get like 4 emails/week with deals. They are ALWAYS running free postcard deals. You could just make your own save the date with a photo and text, upload your design, and have them print it super cheap. I got 100 save the dates including shipping for $11. No joke.
Post # 5
Keep in mind that you don’t have to send a STD to everyone you are inviting (you do have to invite everyone who gets a STD, however). People are still going to get an invite. I only sent STD to the out of towners who need extra time to plan their vacation time around my wedding, and of course those friends and family memebers that I know will be all excited about an extra piece of paper and who will probably end up saving it. Most local guests did not get a STD because they don’t need one, it’s just extra paper to hit the landfill, and it’s expensive. (I didn’t even send one to my mother: she knows when the wedding is, and she’s not in to saving things). A few distant cousins that we have no reason to think will make the trip to the wedding, but whom we want to invite to ‘be nice’ didn’t get Save-The-Date Cards. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE my Save-The-Date Cards…I just don’t the point in sending one to EVERYONE who is also getting an invite. So, I’d get the ones you love, and send them to the people who really need/want to have them.
Post # 6
Yes since we already have our photographer picked out ( a year ahead of time) She agreed to help us with our save the date cards and has included it in our price. She is going to take the photos and do the photo shop part of the pics then we are going to take them to Kinkos to print them out.
We found our photographer at a bridal show it was totally a fluke. We stopped at her both to look at the venue she works for but found out she does photography on the side and lives behind us. So we really got lucky but I know you can find a family business or someone who has only been in business for a couple years who will be willing to go above and beyond to help you out and get your business.
Post # 8
Use Vista Print! We got 100 free postcards for $20 but we paid for expedited shipping, I think it would have been $10 with regular shipping. We invited 135 people but most of them are couples so we only sent out 72 Save the Dates and invites. You can see mine here: http://diy.weddingbee.com/topic/i-love-vista-print
Post # 9
Thanks so much for the quick responses! I will definitely take a look at that website and contemplate how many I honestly need. I have a friend who is an amazing photographer and he will be doing my pictures, so unfortunately, save-the-dates with him isn’t really possible. I do appreciate all the feedback though! 🙂
Post # 10
I’d recommend doing save the date postcards because they’re cheaper to mail & they don’t require an envelope. I’ve heard vistaprint will sell your info to other companies thou… however, $11 for 100 may be worth that hassle!
@corgitales – are the postcards ready to mail? I’m thinking of doing thank you postcards, the front would be a photo thank you design. The back would have to be writeable so I could make a personalized thank you note & write the mailing address.