Post # 1
Hey bees! I hope everyone is staying warm and not freezing!!
I hired my photographer last night! YAY! One less thing to stress about. We were discussing engagement photos and he suggested waiting until Spring so we could get the nice flowers and not be freezing while taking them. I REALLY wanted to put one of our pictures on the save the date. The wedding is in September and I feel like I need to send them out ASAP.
So should I wait until spring to get my pictures and include one on the STD, or send out a generic STD with no picture? But then what do I do with engagement pictures?
Post # 3
I am a huge fan of generic STD’s. Informative and to the point. There are a lot of pretty ones available online. Perhaps find one that takes into account your wedding theme or wedding colors?
I am tired of the photo cards….. they seem to be taking the place of all cards (wedding thank you, STD, Holiday, etc). I really do not like people looking back at me every time I do to the fridge…..
Post # 4
I sent our STD without a pic, they were so cute!
Post # 5
We have professional pictures of us, but they won’t be gracing anyone’s fridge except my mom’s, lol. We found generic but attractive save the dates for $45 for 100, and we plan on ordering once the venue is booked, which will be soon.
Post # 6
@Washingtonian: Hi date twin! I think you should do a STD without the photo if you’re worried about timing. Even after you take your photos, you could be waiting another several weeks to receive the edited copies and print release from your photographer. There are some really cute generic ones out there and you wouldn’t need to wait so long. If you do wait for photo STD’s, I know that Zazzle has a very quick turnaround for orders. I ordered my photo STD postcards from them and I think we received our order less than a week later.
If you don’t use photos on your STD’s, you can still include them on your wedding website, in a guestbook, or on a table at your reception. We ordered a photo guestbook from Shutterfly with our engagement pics. After discounts, I think it was about $30, which I thought was a pretty good deal.
Post # 7
Mine were really lovely and didn’t have pictures either! I had engagement photos but was uncomfortable sending out our faces to like 250 people, especially DH side of the family when I haven’t met any of them and knew they weren’t going to come. I didn’t want our faces thrown out in the trash! Here’s what ours looked like, with a different color ribbon: http://invitations.bedbathandbeyond.com/Save-the-Dates/View-All-Save-the-Dates/2874-RXWF11843SD-Enclosed—Save-the-Date.pro
Post # 8
I picked out a generic one on Vistaprint that fit our theme. Because we did a destination wedding, we sent out save the dates 11 months in advance. We did not end up doing engagement pictures, though we talked about it a few times. I wasn’t sure what we’d do with them other than save the dates, so . . . maybe we will do some for an anniversary or something.
Post # 9
@Washingtonian: We didn’t use photos on our STDs because I didn’t feel it really went with our more formal wedding style. While they are certainly nice it isn’t necessary to put photos on the STDs.
Here is a (bad) picture of ours:
Post # 10
We did save the date magnets from vistaprint and instead of our picture on it, we have a picture of mountains that are close by to us as the background image so personalize it.
Post # 11
Personally I think that save-the-dates without photos are a lot more elegant!
Here were ours:
Post # 12
We sent STD’s out at the 6-7 month mark. Ours were magnets that we customized with our fingerprints in the shape of a heart. I got the idea off pinterest. We got tons of compliments on them. I too was a little tired of the photo STD as 3 of my cousins did them in the last year and a half.
I don’t have any pictures, I’ll post one later. We put our engagement pics on our website and people seemed to enjoy looking there.
Post # 13
Thank you everyone so much for the responses. I went with this design and am thrilled.
Post # 14
hey date TWIN!…we are using generic STD’s and we will display our Engagement photos on our special day during cocktail hour and at the entrance.
Post # 15
@Washingtonian: Engagement photos are just for STD’s. 😉 Many of my brides make a guest book out of them. It’s a great time to get to know your photographer and build a rapor. Outside of that, there is nothing wrong with having nice professional photos of you and your FI in non-wedding attire.
That being said, I don’t see anything wrong with sending one out with no photo – or even having a friend take one just for that.