Post # 1
So I’m currently working on unique ideas for save the dates and my Fiance came up with the idea of getting flash drives customized. At first I didn’t like the idea, but then I considered some of the advantages: it’s unique. It’s useful and our guests will keep using it well after the wedding (I hope). We can send the drive filled with photos of us as well as information for the wedding. I did some googling and found this site that does promotional flash drives.
These are my questions:
Do you like the idea? If you got a USB drive as a save the date, would you keep it on your key chain and use it?
Has anyone used this company for usb drives before? or have you used a different company for something similar?
I’m on the fence about this and I could really use some fresh perspective. Thanks! 🙂
Post # 3
Are all your guests younger? More tech savvy?
Mu grandma would have no idea what that was. I personally would not use it.
Post # 4
i’d use it again, and think it was pretty cool! i’m a gadget nut anyways, so anything that has to do with computers or the likes of them i’m all for! it’s unique if nothing else, and definitely something most people could use again!
Post # 5
I love that idea! Totally unique, and definitely useful – and it’s supercute that you can combine STD videos/photos with something your guests will get a lot of use out of! the only thing I would be worried about is if there were a lot of older guests (like grandparents, etc.) that they might not quite know what to do with it and so might miss the save the date info? maybe when you send it you could attach it to a card with a cute “Save the Date – [names] [date]!” and instructions like Miss Sewing did “I’m a USB drive!” or something?
Post # 6
I think its a good idea. But it also depends on your guest list. How many older people are going to be there. IF thats your save the date, and you send it to so and so’s grandma is she even going to know what it is, or how to use it. Chances are some of your older guests wont even see the information you take time to put on the flash drive.
Post # 7
Yes most of the guests are younger. Even our grandparents have computers at home though, and Fiance says it would be as easy as plugging it in, no further instructions required. Apperently you can set these up to play a slideshow as soon as they are plugged in, so as long as the older guests can find the USB port on their computer, it should be alright. You’re right though, maybe I should look into getting some more traditional paper Save-The-Date Cards printed for the older guests.
ThePinkPeony – I think you’ve got the right idea. If I send a post card STD with the flash drives, we can use the back of it to have instructions/ an explaination of the USB.
Post # 8
I noticed the smallest, and probably cheapest ones are 64mb. That would be useless for me, in fact anything less than 1 gb would probably get tossed. It’s a cute idea, but I’m not sure it would be economical or useful for older generations.
Post # 9
it is a very unique idea. I hate to be a debbie downer, but have you looked into how much they cost yet?
to get the drives customized for you, you usually have to order a lot – like more than 100 (I think), and they tend to be less than 1GB which is not very useful in this day and age. plus, they are still pretty expensive per unit unless you order a ginormous amount. (My Fiance looked into it for a party recently.)
and, well one small thing (but it is just my guess): people who use USB drives already have one. I am particular about the kind I buy. I prefer mine to be over 1gb and very very small. also, I don’t use freebie ones that I get sometimes because I assume they’re cheap and I worry that I’ll lose data. but that’s just me.
Post # 10
I agree with the PPs while I think it is a great idea it wouldn’t be appropriate for about half my guest list. They would more than likely get it, think it was a keychain of some strange variety and lose it without using it.
Post # 11
I am really specific about the brand/types of flash drives I use because I don’t want them to fail on me. For that reason, I would not trust a cheap STD promotional flash drive.
But points for creativity!
Post # 12
Anything under a gig is good for cuteness only. Or to just keep around ’cause it can be used for the small stuff (like getting photos developed if you only have a dozen or so).
Other than that? pointless.
nice idea, though!!!
Post # 13
Ugh… Too much work. Though it is a cute idea. Maybe reserve these for bridal party and close family that will actually use it.
I’ve received cd’s in the past. Guess where they ended up? In the trash. Never got read/played.
Post # 14
We’re doing a similar thing, i.e. having all the content digital, but rather than send a USB drive we’ll just be including a link to our wedding website on the save the dates and invitation.
Once on the website, guests will be able to check out a gallery of images, find out about the bridesmaid/best man, RSVP and confirm any food/child things and read a planning blog.
Much, much cheaper than USB sticks!
Post # 15
Sadly, I feel that your money/efforts here would be in vain.
Post # 16
I thought I would update you all on this idea. We got back a sample of what the drives will look like printed up and we decided to go with it!
We will be including a simple STD card with the drives for anyone who has trouble figuring it out, but the info is right there for you to see, and as soon as you plug it in, a slideshow will start with our engagement photos, so it really should be simple enough for all our older family members to figure out. I can’t wait to see these made in person! I’ve never been more excited for a geeky gadget than I am now 😀