(Closed) Electronic STDs – who has done/is doing via e-mail?

posted 8 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

We just sent out our STD’s via email. I used Microsoft Publisher then under templates I searched “Save the Date”. I changed the colors to match ours, saved it as a PDF and emailed it out. We’ve got positive feedback and it saved A LOT of money. We did print and mail out 2 or 3 to those without email (grandparents).

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I also found a couple templates on MS Word but the ones on Publisher were nicer.

Post # 6
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Helper bee

I hadn’t thought of that but it’s a good idea :O)

Post # 7
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Bumble bee

We didn’t consider that because we have a bunch of older guests that don’t use computers, but if this isn’t an issue, I think it’s a great idea! 

Post # 8
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Bumble bee

We did ours by email using photoshop elements (it was a photo of us) and then I had to do some tricky stuff to get it into the email as a picture rather than an attachment (I can’t remember how – I googled it!) We did have a few older non internet users as guests, but they were grandparents who would be informed of the date by our parents so I didn’t worry about it too much – Save-The-Date Cards are uncommon in Australia so I knew nobody would be put out by not receiving one.

Post # 10
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2011

I thought about doing it that way, but we also have potential guests that do not have a computer, so we will be sending ours via regular mail. Personally though, I would much rather receive a hard copy instead of an email. I just think it is better etiquette.

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I think in today’s world, email STD’s are fine. But I would never do email invitations.

STD’s are short with minimal info so email isn’t too bad. Even if you do half email and half regular mail, you’re still saving on half the stamps.

Post # 12
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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2010

We simply called people or sent individual, personal plain-text emails to everybody on our guest list with the “Save the Date” information. I’m so glad we did, for these reasons:

  1. It was more personal and intimate, and let us already start to feel like we’re sharing something special with the people who will be at our wedding. We didn’t anticipate how excited people would be to learn that they’re going to be with us on our special day, and I’m glad I didn’t miss out on experiencing that.
  2. Since the communication was nearly instantaneous, we also got to hear from people if they thought they would be able to make it, so we already are getting an idea about who will be attending.
  3. It gave us an opportunity to ask people for their latest address for the formal invitation, so, two birds, one stone, etc., etc.
  4. It was faster than doing formal Save the Dates, which meant people got the information faster, which meant it was more likely the date was saved before it was snagged for some other event.
  5. I would rather invest the time and effort that would have gone into paper Save-The-Date Cards in the formal invitation.

Our guest list is ~80 people in ~50 households, so between the two of us, it went pretty quickly. 

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