Post # 1
i never thought i’d be considering doing save-the-dates but after talking with my Future Mother-In-Law last night about the guest list for FH’s side of the family, i had this realization come over me…. crap, there’s a lot more out of town guests between his fam and my fam than i thought!!
so, here’s my question – what’s the general rule of thumb for the number of Out of Town guests to make one send STDs? i mean, i know its more of a matter of preference and i also understand its a courtesy as well to give them time to make travel arrangements….
its just that my preference is to not send them at all, i feel like its just added cost that i’d rather put towards something else (i kno it probly wouldnt be that much money but still…) BUT if the general opinion is that i should than i will definitely consider it….
if it helps any, so far about 20% of our guests are out of town….but that number might climb between now and the year marker before our wedding….
Post # 3
Well STD’s aren’t that expensive, but I don’t think you should have to do them if you dont want to. Lots of people know you’re getting married and it is just a courtesey.
Now with that said there is a cheaper way that will be useful going forward. You can start up a wedding website for around $30. You can gather the email addresses or even send the link to it on FB. Make the first page look like an STD until about 6 months prior to the wedding. Then you can switch it over to your regular site if you planned on having one.
Post # 4
@mwitter80: definitely something to think about thanks!! 🙂
Post # 5
Very true – you can email them (if they use email?) with your web address. You can make free ones (from weddingwire or wedding channel or theknot) and even make one yourself on Google Sites (I did this!)
We sit sent a STD postcard (postcard came out to be about $.15 each and postage is $.28) so it wasn’t too bad. Also, I haven’t met all of FI’s family, so it was some of their first time seeing a picture of me. However, I may worn you, people will start to get confused if they know others got a STD and they didn’t get one. We sent these out first to all the relatives we have addresses for and soon FI’s dad was fending requests for “the card”. We have about 85% of guest coming from out of town, so we really needed to send these. (I designed it on Powerpoint at a large resolution and then had them printed at Catprint).
We visited some of our families/friends house and they have our postcard on their fridge and they talk about how excited they are about the wedding. Save-The-Date Cards not only give important info for people to plan, but also to give them a taste of the wedding and get them excited.
Post # 6
We have a lot of out of town guests, but we only did STD’s because we are having a holiday wedding.
Also – we did ours with coupons from Vistaprint. All in all, I think I paid less that $15 for 200 postcards. Postage was only $.28 each too.
Post # 7
I was going to say that you should use Vista print but I see that was already said but I googled free postcards fr vitsa print and I got 100 of them for just the cost of shipping($3 I think)…I would say though that if any of your out of town guest have kids I would send them, I know all my relatives with kids were asking about the date as soon as they heard I was getting married.