Post # 1
My fiance and I are on a tight budget and I have been debating back and forth about sendign save the dates. If i did them then I would make them myself which would require time and money for the supplies. If I did not make them then I would save some money and time but will sending my invitatiion three months before be enough warning? I mean mosy of my family lives close by and there are only a few that are out of state and they already know the date because I am planning their travel with them.
Basically my question is…Should I do save the dates or jsut save the money and send out the invitations?
Post # 3
They are not necessary. Its the only thing I regret being sucked into. They are super cute and I love them but soooo not necessary. As long as your Out of Town guests know the date, you will be fine. Maybe create a website to keep them in the loop until your actual invites go out.
Post # 4
I skipped them. I am sending my invites out earlier to beat the holiday craziness so it gives my guests enough time to book any flights they need to book. Most of my guests know when the wedding is anyways!
Post # 5
I was a budget DIVA (will have to post about it sometime) and I didnt do Save the Dates. My husband paid for the entire wedding alone, in cash…no debt. DH and I built a website and sent it out when we would have normally maied out Save-The-Date Cards. We said we were a ECO friendly couple, ECOlogical and ECOnominal!!!
Post # 6
If you are on a budet, I definitely say skip them. In my opinion they are just one more thing to worry about and spend money on.
Post # 7
I wasn’t going to send them until I set the date for Memorial Day Weekend. Now I am but if it was a week earlier like we had thought at one point I wouldn’t bother.
Post # 8
I only sent Save-The-Date Cards to OOC guests (out of continent), which is about a third of the guest list. Saves us some money since they are the one who will have to plan for plane tickets and so on.
Post # 9
At first we were just going to send esave the dates (free!) but then we found free postcards on vistaprint.com and decided to use those. We plan on handing them out around the holidays (no postage!). Half our guests will be Out of Town and even the “local” ones will have to travel about an hour, so we felt it was necessary to give advance notice. If most of your guests are local, 3 months should be enough notice.
Post # 10
I wouldn’t bother, especially since you’re on a tight budget. Word of mouth is fine. If you’re close enough that you want them there you will be telling them over the phone anyway!
Post # 11
you can skip them and save the time and money.
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Post # 12
Got mine free on VistaPrint.com. That is the only reason I did them. FREE always has a nice ring to it. LoL. Otherwise I wouldn’t do them. Maybe you can make a wedding website where you have information about your wedding and just kind of spread the word for people to go on the wedding website/blog. Just an idea
Post # 13
You can do soem pretty cheap postcards though vista print, search free postcards vista print, you get 25 free. plus S&H, then pay just 29 cents per one you need to mail.
Post # 14
I honestly don’t think Save-The-Date Cards are necessary unless you’ve got lots of Out of Town guests. I sent them, but that’s only because half of our guest list lives out of the country. If your budget doesn’t allow for it, don’t do it! Nobody will judge you for not sending Save-The-Date Cards, I assure you! Most of my guests didn’t even know what one was… they thought it was the actual invitation, even though it had “save the date” and “formal invitation to follow” plastered on it.
That said, I’ll agree with PP and say that you can get stuff for insanely cheap on Vistaprint.com. If you’d really like to send them, I’d say save yourself the trouble, headache, and probably money (supplies tend to add up!) and have them printed on Vistaprint. Super easy and stress-free!
Post # 15
Like a few others said, we only sent ours to out of town guests as well. We also did Vista print and googled a promo code. They came out pretty darn cheap and very very pretty!!
Post # 16
I didn’t sent them…more so because by the time we moved up the wedding… we were already at 6 months.. so i said screw it i’m sending my invites out early because of the holidays if someone can’t make it…oh welll 😉