Post # 1
Happy hump day, bees!
So Fiance and I just picked our wedding date and venue, and I’m anxious to send out Save-The-Date Cards as soon as possible. Don’t know what the rush is, though, as the wedding is in 7 months and I feel like it’s a little early to end STDs? I dunno… I just want to get SOMETHING done haha.
My problem is that I’ve always wanted an STD with a pic of me and Fiance on it. We don’t have a lot of pictures together of us as a couple, so I’d ideally want a pic from an enagement shoot. My issue is that I haven’t booked a phtographer yet, and FI’s not totally into the idea of an e-shoot, and I have my hang ups about it as well.
I don’t like getting “dressed” up. I don’t ever do my hair (don’t even own a straightener, curling iron, nothin), I don’t wear any make up (unless ChapStick counts…), and I don’t want to look like a total slob in the pics. BUT… I don’t have the time/energy to get my hair/makeup done professionally. I also don’t find myself to be very photogenic, which is a phobia I’m gonna have to overcome before the wedding, as all lenses will be on me….
So between not knowing how to “look” for the e-pics, not wanting to hassle Fiance, and not having a photog booked, I don’t know what to do. I’ve looked at picture-less Save-The-Date Cards online and found a lot that I really do like. But I’ve had my heart set on a STD with pictures of us on it… HELP! Totally can’t make up my mind about this!
Also, I’m ordering return address labels, as I have no intention of handwriting them on every envelope and I’m not tech savvy enough to print them out myself. My issue is that I live with my parents still. I’ll be moving in with Fiance in a few months, and since I don’t want to bombard my parents with mail, should I just use my name and FI’s address on the labels? It makes sense, right? Since that WILL be my new address shortly….
I just need some advice/help lol. Any input would be great. Thanks, bees!
Post # 3
@Big Truck: It’s not to early my STDS where sent out already. My wedding date is 9/15/12. Save-The-Date Cards are great for out of town guests especially to request time off and have enough time to save to come to the wedding. I haven’t done engagement shots yet either but I picked the best picture we had and went with it.
Post # 4
std: it’s not too early.
address: your name with his address.
std w/photo: if you want a photo, suck it up and take one. do or dont.
Post # 5
Since you want to get your Save-The-Date Cards out ASAP, I would skip the photo–you’ll need to book a photographer, schedule an e-pics session, wait for proofs, etc. If you want to send out a pic of you and Fiance, you can do a photo from the wedding on your thank you notes. Or even use one of your e-pics for next year’s Christmas card. Just throwing out ideas!
Post # 6
It’s absolutely not too early to send out STD’s. I’m going to send mine 7-8 months out. I know that’s a little earlier than some but I just prefer to do things that way so out of town people (and we will have quite a few) will have enough time to make travel arrangements.
For your return address labels – just use your FH’s address. Makes the most sense.
For the picture – no offense but it seems like you’re all over the place here. I agree with Mrs TCB – either take the picture and put a little effort into your appearance (don’t need to go all out glam if that isn’t your style, but put on some blush/mascara or something light like that!). You don’t need a professional photograph for your STD picture. You also don’t want to be rushed in picking your photographer just for your e-pics. Or alternatively, you could hire a photographer just for the e-pics and then spend more time researching into a photographer for your wedding pictures. It sounds like you do really want a STD with your pictures on it, so just go for it!
Post # 7
Our Save-The-Date Cards didn’t have a picture and I thought they looked fine. We are having an engagement shoot, but not until the spring at least, grey slush and 10 degrees is just not my ideal for photo backgrounds lol.
Post # 8
I didn’t want an ordinary STD card and I came up with re-creating my proposal and putting it in comic strip form! (I put it up in the paper section). But I will be sending my STD’s out in the next few weeks. My fiance didn’t like doing pictures but I told him to suck it up and he has admitted the pictures we took are great. It doesn’t matter that your not a girly-girl. Do something you love and enjoy the process of getting pictures done!
I am going to office max or somewhere like that and buying adress lables and return labels. You can easily download the template online and save everyone’s addresses! Keep it simple, type it out once and save it then you always have the addresses ready and it’s cheap!
Post # 9
I think you will feel great about your engagement photos if you put a little effort into your appearance.
You definitely don’t have to have a save the date with a photo, but if that’s something that you want, treat yourself a little and get your hair and makeup done. It can serve as a trial for your wedding.
One thing I learned after getting my engagement photos done is that photographers are not magicians. If you slouch, look sloppy, don’t smile, there is no amount of photoshop that can fix those photos.