Just wondering what everyone’s thoughts are on the necessity of Save the Dates? I think they are beautiful (and a chance to show off engagement photos!) but I find myself wondering whether I should avoid the extra cost associated with them?
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Definitely something to factor in! Keep an eye out on Vista Print and Shutterfly usually have great Save the Date (and Invite) deals! We ordered from both (as we postponed and ordered “Change the Dates” and both are great quality and have very quick turn around times!
Definitely not necessary, but a great option as you said to show off some of your engagement photos! If there’s room in your budget definitely look into them, another option as mentioned too is sending them digitally! 😊
You don't *need* them. We only ordered them because they were so cheap, and we hand delivered most of them to save on postage.
Ultimately I regretted sending them because of covid. If we hadn't sent them we could have quietly changed our plans but instead I needed to make time to talk to everyone. It added a lot of stress for me.
We did a save the date video. It was a really short montage of pictures and at the end it showed our date. Our guests were spread across Canada and we wanted to save where we could!
The only reason why we did them was because I designed them myself and sent them through email, so it literally cost us nothing to do them. If I didn't have the skills then we most likely wouldn't have done them at all. But we still would've given the people that need to make travel arrangements a call to let them know so they could plan for it.
My fiance and I only sent out Save The Dates because we're getting married in a different province then where we are living currently. That way people know that they might need to make reservations to a hotel and such. If we were getting married in our current city that we're living in, I don't think we would've sent them out.
They're helpful if your wedding is during a busy time of year (holidays) or if you have guests coming from at least two hours away. It's sent out early enough so that you don't need to give details of the wedding day but it's enough for people to book their travel and accommodation.
If your guests are all people within the city and your wedding is not held during any particular time when people tend to take off or be away, I don't see the need for them.
That being said, it's perfectly fine to go digital for those who need them.
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That’s a good compromise! Perhaps I’ll print one for each set of grandparents (and each set of parents since I’m sure they’ll want a copy!) and then do digital for everyone else. I have to send most of mine to England so I really don’t want to pay the postage twice 😅
Personally, I'll be sending all mine digitally with the only exception of print-outs being for the Grandparents who have difficulty with computers and prefer paper notes on the fridge. Everyone else can deal with it IMO! LOL Good luck!