(Closed) Electronic Save the Dates?

posted 7 years ago in Paper
Post # 2
8434 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

I think it depends on your guest list.  I personally wouldn’t mind receiving a save-the-date in this manner, but I would expect a formal, paper invite later on.

Post # 3
1242 posts
Bumble bee

I got a save the date via Paperless Post just the other day and I thought it was pretty cool. 🙂 It looked nice and I liked that I could add it to my calendar directly. I think another advantage of doing this is that if they had a wedding web site, they could have added it to the save the date and guests could just click the link instead of having to retype it from a paper or magnet STD. 

I also know with this couple the invitation will also be via Paperless Post. Unlike housebee, I would be unbothered by an electronic wedding invitation. The conviences (especially if it’s mobile accessible) would be pretty awesome to me.

Post # 6
2443 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

We did everything electronically. We’re having our guests RSVP on our website through a Google Forms page we created and embedded. It works for us because it’s all family and close friends, and they know it’s our style. So it just depends on your guests.

Post # 7
130 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

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MoonlitMagnolia:  We sent our save the dates via Paperless Post. It’s awesome because you can track whether or not your guests opened their save the date, and you can request addresses, which has been a huge time saver on the address gathering front!

We’re mailing paper invites to keep some formality, but requesting electronic RSVPs so that we can save on postage and direct everyone to our website/app.

Post # 8
2864 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

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MoonlitMagnolia:  GREAT IDEA!!

I’m super enthused because I always, consistently lose paper invites. I have been that guest who is frantically Googling information about the wedding, hoping that their website is searchable by Google. 

Paper invites can cause needless stress for guests and brides. If nice paper invites are that important to some guests, there are designs that can also be printed (Paperless Post Paper), so you can have the best of both worlds.

In the worst case scenarios, I’ve had to call brides the morning of their wedding for logistical help because it’s not in my email or on my calendar so I’m at a loss. Or I’ve entered the data into my calendar incorrectly. If the bride is the only person I know, I’m going to have to call or else miss the wedding. 

I don’t want to deal with issues like that which is why I’m going paperless for my wedding. If people want paper, they can print out copies to their heart’s content. 

Post # 9
4885 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I have debated using Paperless Post to send our Save the Sates as well, mainly to save some cost on mailing them. I have used it in the past to advise people of a change in address, and thought it was a much better way to notify people than with a simple email.

I can see sending some this way to friends, but not sure on family members – especially friends/family of my FI’s parents. We’ll see.

Either way, I wouldn’t be offended receiving a Save the Date in this manner at all.

Post # 10
294 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

depends on your guest list. if you have anyone over the age of 50, i’d pass on the paperless.

We recieved an “email” invite/save the date to one of my cousins weddings….my parents (older) were not thrilled. They didn’t take the wedding seriously because of that…it was cheap, informal, lazy, and did not seem to reflect the importance of the date (to them). They said if the couple really took the wedding seriously and recognized the importance of it, they wouldn’t have minded spending the 50cents on a stamp and the 50cents on the save the date…because it should be a date that is “worth investing in”.

Not exactly how I see it, just wanted to let you know how some older people might take it….

Post # 11
232 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2014 - Backyard

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MoonlitMagnolia:  I used Paperless Post for my Save-the-Dates and it has been great. I followed up with the three people whose email did not get opened. It was fun to get replies. 

No one I want involved in my day is so fussy as to be bothered by an electronic save-the-date. They know us and know we are practical people. Our wedding is super duper casual in the backyard, so it suits the day. We will be using PP to send out our invites, as well. And it all links up great to my website on WeddingWire. I am pleased so far.


Good luck!

Post # 12
4036 posts
Honey bee

My 88 1/2 year old mother in law uses the internet. I’m 57 1/2, and a CPA, and have worked with dozens of computer programs, through the years.

I’ve gotten e-mail save the dates, with a link to their website. In the e-mail they asked everyone to confirm their mailing addresses, by return e-mail. I’ve heard of one couple, who sent e-mailed invitations, to “save money.” (The guys managed to go to Vegas for the bachelor party, though.)

Post # 13
27 posts
  • Wedding: The Bridge

We are sending our save the dates and invitations via email so I say go for it!

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