Post # 1
My fiance and I had our engagement photos done 2 1/2 weeks ago. Our photographer is suppose to have the photos back to us by the end of this weekend, which we are SO anxious about seeing! We will be using a photo on our save the dates. So I am now starting to look into different save the date ideas (magnets vs post cards.) I have been amazed with the variety of options!! This is super exciting because it is making the whole thing actually feel real 🙂
Question: Do I send a STD to everyone on the guest list?
Our wedding is a bit of a destination. We will be getting married down at the beach (3 hrs from where we live) so everyone is pretty much an out of town guest and will need to make travel arrangements.
What did you do? Or what are you planning on doing? Thanks for your input!
Post # 3
We are sending Save-The-Date Cards to everyone on the guest list. We’re combining card/magnet idea. Printing a 3X5 card and putting an adhesive magnet on the back.
Post # 4
We’ll be sending them to everyone on the guest list, and we’re planning on making photo bookmarks which we’ll tuck into this year’s Christmas cards. Yes, our STD’s are going out super early, giving guests just under a year to plan, but many are coming from out of country or across the country, so it’s nice to have time to figure out flights.
Post # 5
Yes, I would send a STD to everyone on the guest list (even your parents so they have a keepsake). I can just imagine if a cousin didn’t get an STD and heard that someone else did, and assumed that meant he/she wasn’t getting an invitation either. Better to include everyone!
When your guests will have to travel, Save-The-Date Cards are an excellent way to communicate the details ahead of time. Send them as early as you can, so people can take off work, reserve hotels, etc well in advance. Most of my family lived 2 – 4 hours out of town, and our hotel required people to reserve against our block at least a month in advance, so it was important to get people their information early.
We created a website with the event, venue, and lodging information on it, but got relatively few visitors. (My extended family must not be very tech-savy.) If you create a website, my advice is not to rely on it for anything super-important, and include as much info as you can using inserts with both your Save-The-Date Cards and your invitations. You’d be surprised how many times you have to tell people to do something. I sent out Save-The-Date Cards and still had people asking me what date and what hotels… I eventually got sick of repeating myself and said read the invitation!!
As for magnet Save-The-Date Cards, they’re really cool, and stand a lesser chance of getting lost if they’re stuck on people’s fridges. I ordered my magnet Save-The-Date Cards from magnetstreet.com and was pretty satisfied. I ordered magnet holder cards, and included special information on the back of those too.
Post # 6
That is a really cool idea! So it sounds like you are DIY? I may borrow your idea 🙂
We have a little over 200 people that are on our invite list, but I don’t know if sending a STD is necessary for people that we know will not be attending. Example: My dad’s boss, my Fiance 95 yr old great aunt, dad’s cousin that lives in CA, friends that are living out of the country, etc. We have a lot of obligatory invites that we know will not be attending. I am willing to do whatever is appropriate though.
Post # 7
here’s a suggestion if you’re wanting to do magnet STDS in a cheap way:
google “free business cards” (make sure you can upload your own design… Overnight prints is one that does free business cards where you can upload your own design)
get magnetic strip from Lowe’s, Home Depot or some hardware store.
Glue/remove sticky strip from magnetic strip and attach to business card.
Mail off you DIY magnetic STD.
see? quick, easy, simple, and cheap. All you pay for is the magnetic strip and shipping & handling on the business cards. 🙂
as for when to send them? earlier for those who are flying than driving… the sooner is often the better in most cases, especially if they have to book a hotel…. or are traveling a good distance. that way, they can save up the money needed if required and get the time off from work without problems…
Post # 8
We sent all of the people on our guest list the STD’s. Since about 75% will have to travel, we wanted to give me 10+ months to plan so they can make it if they wish.
Just keep in mind – everyone you send a STD to, you MUST send the formal invitation. However, if you don’t send someone (say people on the borderline) a STD, you can always send them an invitation later on when you have a better grasp of how many people you can have.