Cheapo idea for save the dates, invites, & programs: yay or nay?!

posted 3 months ago in DIY
Post # 2
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986 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

 

nt0129 :  I’m definitely a budget minded bride and I would love to give my opinion! Question: what kind of wedding are you having? What’s the season, color scheme, theme, etc? 

Post # 3
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953 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

I designed our programs in Google Docs and was really pleased with how they turned out. We didn’t send anything via email but we went through a local university for printing and it was extremely affordable. You could check to see if there are any similar organizations in your area that offer that service!

Post # 6
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600 posts
Busy bee

 I would vote no for email STD. Your email can accidentally marked as spam by the server and deleted or moved to spam folder without the receiver ever notice.

Post # 7
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953 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

nt0129 :  I think it’s perfect. A cute font and all the necessary information…that’s all that’s necessary!

Post # 8
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1282 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2017

I think an email save the date is fine but probably wouldn’t go with your subject line. Maybe I just don’t have the right sense of humour! The photo strip is cute. You might need to follow up with people though to make sure it didn’t go to their spam.

And for the invitation I don’t think it’s too simple, I think it looks elegant and the majority will just end up in the bin anyway.

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

nt0129 :  Love your wedding theme! My personal opinion is that STDs are fairly new concoctions designed by the wedding industry to squeeze more money out of us. However, if I had to choose…I would use Paperless Post for Save the Dates. They have plenty of options that would match your theme for free, or incredibly cheap.

https://www.paperlesspost.com/cards/category/wedding-save-the-dates

Re: the invitations sample you provided,  I’m not a huge fan to be honest. But on Etsy, there are so many sellers that allow you to purchase the  digital download copy of the invite so you can DIY yourself. I love creative ways to save money when it comes to wedding planning both of these tips will help save you a small fortune! Good luck xoxo

 

Post # 12
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2018

nt0129 :  We did an e-save the date for us! Our wedding is pretty small, like 35 – 40 people max so we decided we’ll do online save the dates and send out actual invitations. We almost went with doing a picture on email like you but in the end we found a website called paperlesspost.com and went with that instead because it has a little animation + they have a ton of templates to choose from. Added bonus, you can track who has opened it and get mailing addresses back all in one space for easier reference (really helpful). Of course, it’s not free but it was still pretty cheap. Everyone who received it, loved it and thought it was cool. 

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

Just a quick chime in: What if you used Canva instead of google docs? I use Canva.com all the time for making signs and a bunch of other things. I would really recommend them, and it’s free. 

Post # 14
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52 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2017

I second Canva for design, I designed my STD on Canca and printed postcards through Vistaprint. Postcards were cheap (they always have sales) and post cards have cheaper stamps.  I purchased a downloadable template on Etsy for my invitations and used an online RSVP too. 

Good luck bee!

Post # 15
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: February 1997

I have to agree that STDs are a relatively new creation and are not at all necessary. Given the email part and the potential for misunderstanding, I would just skip them altogether. 

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