(Closed) Has anyone done paper save the dates, with email invitations?

posted 4 years ago in Paper
Post # 2
2639 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2014 - Italian Villa

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youngbrokebride:  you could certainly do that, and it wouldn’t be an etiquette violation, but I think people may be confused. Typically, the invitations are more formal than the save the dates, so it makes the most sense to do an electronic save the date and then a paper invitation. 

Invitations aren’t inherently more expensive than STDs, so I’m not quite sure what you’re getting at. Lots of people do online RSVP with a paper invitation. 

Post # 4
143 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2016

We are doing that.  The Save the Dates we chose were much less expensive than the invitations, because there are fewer parts. We have a lot of guests who may be back in my fiance’s home country during the early part of the summer.  Plus, a lot of his friends are still getting their degrees, so they relocate in the summer.   

We got the Save the Dates, though, because we loved the design.  We are going to get the same print on our menus for our table decoration.


Post # 5
246 posts
Helper bee

Ohhh, people in my circle have been getting engaged or travelling, so as soon as we finalized a date and the guest list we made a Facebook group and event with all the people we want to invite, and from their people already said whether they were going or not, so that became our STD.

We are sending out formal invites, although since our guest list is around 45-50 give or take, with people who will only be getting one invite per group (ie family or couples), I will be printing my own invites at home since I have design/Photoshop experience. I just ordered specialty paper and nice envelopes. Paper products cost around $100 in total and I have so much surplus of materials if I need to print more.

Post # 6
13900 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I prefer paper invitations, because I think weddings are more formal occasions that deserve real invitations.  Since you are having a casual wedding, I guess an online invitation isn’t too bad, but I wouldn’t do this for any more formal of an event.  The invitiation generally sets the tone for the formality of the event.

Post # 7
969 posts
Busy bee

If I were you, I’d do a digital save-the-date and a formal paper invitation.  It’s less tacky and less likely to cause confusion.

Post # 8
463 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

Okay so my biggest piece of advice for invites is to use vistaprint! I’m having a small wedding too with only 50 guests invited, and my RSVP cards PLUS invitations (50 of each) came to just over $70. I also ordered custom envelope seals in the same order. We obviously don’t need 50 invites since a lot of people invited are couples, so I have a lot left over. If you sign up, they email you with deals all the time. My invites were 40% off. After that I ordered a vinyl banner for $6 and got $20 in vistaprint cash from the invites, so I bought a t-shirt for FH and another vinyl banner for FREE. I’m seriously obsessed lol. Invites do not have to be expensive. I did the opposite of what you’re planning on doing- I sent out an electronic save the date and paper invites. I just felt like if I was going to spend money it would be nicer to have the actual invitation in paper form 

Post # 9
145 posts
Blushing bee

I wouldn’t be unhappy with an online invitation/RSVP/register whatever you call it! I do love paper wedding invites but I never know what to do with them after I receive them and I hate to throw them away because 1. I know they cost the sender so much and 2. it’s a meaningful thing!!!. So they just end up in a draw never seeing the light of day again anyway…

have you guys thought of doing like a quirky youtube video or something that goes with your invite? I’ve also seen a lot of people saying Vistaprint is very reasonably priced.

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