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

posted 2 months ago in DIY
Post # 16
248 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

 I like the photo reel. I don’t think that an email STD is the worst idea as long as you have a email database that is equipped with your whole guest list. 

I think you can either use an online designer rather than Google Docs as a graphic design program easily. I have Adobe Illustrator for work and am using it to do my signs for the bar and menu. 

Etsy has some great downloadable templates for less than $5 if you just wanted to get one to use that was affordable, and could print yourselves. 

Best of Luck Bee! 

Post # 17
528 posts
Busy bee

As long as the majority of your guests read their emails you should be fine. We did a physical save the dates and an emailed invitation. We had our website setup by the time we did our save the dates and included a business card sized insert that explained how to RSVP online we also gave warning the official invite would be via email. It’s more conventional/accepted to do an electronic save the date and a formal invitation but I felt an emailed save the date was too risky. In my opinion, the most important information should be delivered to guests in the most understood way – for me it was our wedding date and time on a magnet. Postage, materials and magnets cost us under $200 so there are ways to save. Google docs should be fine if you’re doing something simple. 

Post # 18
2133 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

I would skip the save the dates entirely and just send an invite if cost is the issue. And TBH I don’t really like either of the links. My BIL had a really cheap DIY invite made that looked like the second and while it got the job done, it gave no feel for the formality of the event and the font they chose was hard to read. You can find many etsy sellers that will send you a digital design that you can print at home or somewhere else. 

Post # 19
584 posts
Busy bee

nt0129 :  an easier way is just to send your invites a few weeks earlier than normal to give people time to get ready. STD is new tradition and only necessary if a lot of your guests are OOT. 

Post # 20
332 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

We used Paperless Post for the STD and it worked out super well – people could respond quickly and you can see who has opened the emails and who hasn’t. There was only 1-2 that went into spam and we could resend the link to that individual. No need for the “you’re getting an email” in the subject line – it’s pretty obvious and you may confuse people who think a separate email is coming later.

I don’t really like the Google docs for the invites – seems way too casual for a wedding. I’d do a cheaper paper invite and then you can have people RSVP online – there are plenty of cheap / free websites that will let you do the RSVPs. We did a 90% paper invites and then had the designer on etsy make a digital copy of the invite that we sent out via Paperless Post so that the two invites matched (paper & online). I sent the email ones to some younger cousins or people I knew weren’t going to come to the wedding who would just toss the paper invite.

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