Post # 1
So it looks like I ran into a bit of a snag on the Save-The-Date Cards…
This was not something we originally budgeted for nor found necessary until we picked a Friday wedding date. The good news is, I work for a printing co. that offered to do them for free! Not only that, but they’re going on magnets – GREAT!!!
Well, I didn’t realize how small the magnets were going to be, and I have too much information on there. The font is really small, but it’s too late to change anything. Luckily it’s not costing me anything, but I’m sure we won’t be able to use them…
That said, and STILL not wanting to spend a ton on Save-The-Date Cards, what about a fancy e-vite or e-blast to just the people we know will have to make arrangements for a Friday wedding? Am I out of my mind? FYI, this is not a formal black tie event by any means. It’s going to be intimate, comfortable and welcoming.
…but e-vites…too far??
Post # 3
I wouldn’t do e-vites, I know it will be a casual event but that’s too casual. Also, I ignore a lot of evites that go through my mailbox. It’s also good to consider who you will be sending them to because I know my grandma doesn’t know how to turn on a computer. Have you thought about just doing a simple piece of card stock with the proper information? STD’s can be simple, they don’t have to be over the top.
Post # 4
Do you have a lot of out of town guests you are inviting? If not skip STD. A friday night wedding, although extremely inconvenient, is still fine for a 4-6 week invite lead time is fine. Paperless Post electronic Save-The-Date Cards are nice. I think e-vites where the guests can tell you if they plan to attend is silly for a wedding.
Post # 5
Did you consider just doing postcards from shutterfly or something? I mean how many do you need? They aren’t expensive.
Post # 6
I found Save-The-Date Cards for $45 for a set of 100, and that’s what we plan on doing once the venue is booked (soon!). Maybe you could do something like that? The only thing is postage is just as much as the card
Post # 7
@Lbward6: It’s a Friday DAY wedding, actually. Hence my concern for people to plan accordingly. The ceremony is at 1 and the reception is 4. Seems like a big gap but I’m keeping in mind nothing starts on time and the venue is 45min from the church. We’re leaving time for people to actually go back to the hotel and wait for a shuttle to take them to the venue.
Anyway, I’ll research further options!
Post # 8
- Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA
I really don’t think this is a big deal at all. I’ve sent and received Paperless Post invites/STDs, and they’re gorgeous and classy (and many are free)!
Post # 9
@BurlapnLace: interesting, what info are you putting on your STD? I have never really thought how a wedding takes up an entire day for a guest, but in your case you are really making it so that your guests use a vacationday.
Why do you think people would want to go back to a hotel and wait for a shuttle? Are you providing snacks psot ceremony at the Church or at the hotel lobby aka shuttle pick up location (if people choose not to stay at your hotel recommendation) or on the shuttle.
Is this kind of wedding timeline something you are used to or your guests? To me you are taking advantage of people that love you.
Post # 10
@CurlyCue: It’s been pretty touch, schematic wise since our church is 45min away from our venue. We tried our best to get a church closer to the reception space but it wasn’t possible.
Even our local guests live far from where the reception is taking place and the majority of them expressed interest in a hotel. Unfortunately the hotels don’t provide shuttle service so we will.
Everyone invited is either a close friend or family member so for them to take a day from work isn’t too upsetting. We’re giving ample time and it’s one day.
Post # 11
Totally fine! I honetly just write the date down in our calendar and throw away the STD anyway!
Post # 12
I don’t think it’s a big deal- especially for save the days.
Post # 13
I did evites for our save the dates through postmark! They have so many cute designs! Ours were by Jonathan Adler who I LOVE. All of our recipients thought they were so cute! I think there are so many PROS. Great money saver, quick and painless, lots of great designs, and great for the trees! 🙂
My only con is that some of my older recipients dont check email all the time. I ordered 20 physical card save the dates to send to guests who might be slightly technologically challenged. Grandparents, etc.
I guess I don’t understand the argument that it’s “tacky.” Especially for a casual wedding. Everyone I sent mine to loved ours! They are a great option! 🙂
Post # 14
@BurlapnLace: I’m even doing electronic invitations, and we did electronic save-the-dates, so I’m totally for it!
I picked out a free design on Paperless Post, which has a really great tracking feature that tells you who opened their e-mail, though it’s not totally fool proof. And then we spent about $40 for them to print out 20 of them for keepsakes and technologically challenged guests 🙂
Post # 15
That’s great! Nice to hear there are people who have done this and had good results 🙂
Post # 16
Also, I just read all the other posts. Your day is YOUR DAY! People who love you will be happy to spend the day with you! Friday weddings are pretty normal. I also can’t remember attending a wedding and thinking about the logistics and how they are inconvenient for ME! That’s silly! I always plan to take a whole day for a wedding.
By the way, our wedding is on a Monday. And many people are having to travel out of state for the occasion. So I guess I am REALLY taking advantage of the people that love me. Oddly enough, the people who love me don’t see it that way. 🙂