I'm doing my own stationary and other than buying card punchers it's only costing me for card, glue and printer toner.
I've been wanting to do magnets or a scratch off reveal but couldn't
find it economically feasible. We paid $47 I think for 100. I don't get
why more wool don't do things like this or make their own cards. We
wanted magnets -- but holy smokes those were more expensive. Even had an
art tell me I could make cards for a living haha.
Make It Count
Some might not understand why I they shouldn't just send the
invitation out at the time I would have sent out the send-the-date card.
I think a Save the Date would be nice, even if it's
electronic I mean who doesn't benefit from those little reminders especially if it is for an event like a wedding? I think another advantage of them is that it lets your
guests know that they are in fact invited. As someone who thought they
were a waste of money, I would do them if I redid my wedding. If most of
your guests are local I don't think its a big deal to do them.
I have a coworker that I think was unsure whether or not she would be
invited - we talk about my wedding a lot. And if you send invites and
not require an RSVP until a date many months later, you're going to have
a bunch of people forget and/or lose their RSVP cards. At that point,
there were only 4 Saturdays available in the summer, and that's how we
decided on our date.
save the date cards are printed "formal" way to notify guests in
advance of upcoming shindig. I just let the people who I absolutely
wanted to be there know the date of my wedding so they'd be there. One
way that I think of it is that people are not going to be as concerned
about my wedding as I am. The Save The Date usually only lists the date
and general location. unless you absolutely want to guarantee that they
were warned - I think people will attend if they want to. Some people
want to be invited late because they don't know if they are available
until the last second. But the reason you don't send out invites that
early is because you might not have details nailed down 8 months out
like the time of the event. Also because people could forget about your
wedding 8 months out and they RSVP yes but then totally forget about it
and don't show up. I couldn't RSVP to a wedding 6 months in advanced.
Generally people can better let you know if they can come or can't come
closer to the date. After the Save the Date, she commented on how she
was excited and comments differently, now that it's not just chatting
about it, but something she'll come to for sure.
Why can't people just send Facebook invites for their wedding instead
of dropping $300 on invites?! I'm already starting to panic that we
will be too late to book venues for 2016 :P We are doing both there! :D I
think letting people know a year out when traveling is involved is
helpful, but making a commitment a year out is difficult.
I think if it's small and you're not expecting anyone to have to
travel significantly or take time off work, they aren't necessary.
Because many people don't know where they'll be in life in 6 months.
What if I just send invites early? I did them only because my FH's side
is all overseas, so they would need to know hotel information. I see
where they can be beneficial for out-of-towners or in vacation season,
but I'm getting married in October 2016. I have enough planning to do
that I just didn't want to bother printing, addressing, and mailing
another piece of paper.
When You Have Expectations Make Them Clear
So if I want people to come, I have to make sure they know about it, not just once, but multiple times.
I personally don't see the point in them, and find them odd when I
receive them. They'll forget details, lose the card, forget to RSVP. All
the usual issues, multiplied by several months. But people are already
asking me for dates and making plans for next summer and need to know
when to reserve time off. I don't think they're necessary, but
traditionally invitations go out about 2-3 months before, sometimes even
closer to the wedding than that, so I can see how people might want a
bit more notice. I was thinking about save-the-dates and I feel like
this is a fairly recent thing to do. Generally it's you alerting those
people to mark their calendars for that date so they don't make plans if
they want to come to your wedding. We sent ours the last week of
June/first week of July for an October 4 wedding.
But I would consider sending the invites just a tad earlier, maybe 3 months instead of 2, to give a bit of extra notice.
Also, as someone else said, you might not have all the details ready
to send an invite. We have Miller hall, so there is the lawn right in
front for the ceremony. Tell them the date in person if possible, send
them a save-the-date, send them an invite, call them up when they don't
return the RSVP card. I have 7 months to go, so sending an invite now is
More On Save the Dates
Here is some info I found at the knot We sent the destination wedding
save the dates out a year in advance, invites went out 6 months in
How many months before the wedding is it appropriate to send out save
the dates? You can also do fun email save the dates. We sent ours out
in waves over a two week period, with all of them out by 5 months before
the wedding. 8 months if you are having a destination wedding.
We sent ours out six months before the wedding. Destination wedding
here also, we went 18 months in advance because several guests have to
request their vacation almost a year in advance. Depending on the cost
of the destination, more time is better so people can put away money.
My fiance's sister sent hers out 4 months to the day in advance.