(Closed) How was your experience with postcard save-the-dates?

posted 6 years ago in Paper
Post # 3
39 posts
  • Wedding: May 2013

 We used magnets, which most people have put on their fridges. I’ve gotten postcards before and tucked them in with my piles of bills and corrrespondence, and generally forgot about them. Or I put the date on my calendar and throw them out. I tried sticking them on my fridge, with other magnets, but they tended to fall off.

We got ours online – a company that frequently advertises here – and later found out they would have been cheaper at our local printer, where we are buying our invitations.  

Post # 4
586 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

We did postcards and they seemed to turn out fine for the most part. Most of the ones I saw after mailing looked fine but a few I saw smuged on the bottom from the postal machine. We made them ourselves so it was probably the ink in our printer that is easier to smuge. Everyone seemed to like them and they were much cheaper.

Post # 5
2335 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I did postcards and they turned out fine.  Do a test run first- send yourself a postcard and make sure the ink doesn’t smudge, your text doesn’t get covered up with that barcode they put on the bottom left, etc.

Post # 6
2295 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

Mine were not too damaged (I did oversized ones though, so the postage was the same, and I went with the heaviest weight stock from Vistaprint). I couldn’t fit the info/design I wanted to fit on a standard size postcard without the font being tiny.

However, I wish I had sent them in an envelope. Since my postage was already regular rates, it would have only been like $5 extra for the envelopes. I think post cards have a high likelihood of getting mixed in with junk mail and people overlooking them. I got that feedback from some of my guests – once they realized what it was, they loved it, but they sort of had a stack of junk mail/flyers and almost didn’t see it. Our was NOT a photo, so that may have made a difference.

I got that feedback from 4 or 5 people (out of 130 sent), so it just makes me wonder how many didn’t get/see it. For my own peace of mind, envelopes would have been worth it. Our wedding is out of town for 100% of guests though (not destination though), so the STD was important to me.

On the other hand, LOL, we do hope SOME people decline anyway. And I’ll be sending out invitations about 10 – 11 weeks in advance, so they’ll have enough notice.

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