Ok ladies I'm looking for a bit of advice.. I've been thinking about doing save the dates but I'm also wanting to keep cost down as everyone does. I have read that most people only send save the dates out if it is a destination wedding or holiday or something. Myself an OT are getting married fairly local so I'm wondering wether to even bother with them or just go straight for the day/evening invites??! Unsure what to do so any thoughts/suggestions would be grand?? Thanks in advance :)
Hi I don't want to send them as they are an American tradition :)
I’ve brought luggage tags from hobbycraft which worked out quite cheap and have designed my own save the date on the computer. Works out very cheap and will send them out next year. You don’t have to send save the dates out so don’t feel like you have to :)
I didn't bother but have just sent out my invites for our July wedding. x
We sent some but we got them off Amazon and they are fridge magnets. I think they were £20 for 50 or something like that! So we didn't spend a lot at all 😊
I emailed my save the dates to our close friends and family, then will send physical copies of the actual invite.
If it's local and most relatives/friends are from the area, I wouldn't bother.
I sent save the dates as OH family and friends are from Leeds and were getting married in North East.
I made my own save the dates, and it cost me about £10. They sell kits and stamps at hobby craft which are really good! Good luck! X
You can buy ink stamps and make your own if you want to keep costs down x
How about just sending a group message to everyone on facebook or as an email?
We never sent save the dates as everyone who we invited were close family so we just told them to keep that date free. Sent invitations out around 4 months before wedding x
I designed mine on canva and then used printed.com to print them on lovely paper. You can request a paper sample
I have a light box and I put "SAVE THE DATE ..........." and took a picture of it to send to everyone!
We got wooden magnets from eBay, personalised and cost about £40 envelopes included x
Unless you're getting married during a high holiday season - Christmas,Easter,summer holidays etc - you have a lot of out of town guests or guests flying in from abroad or your wedding is abroad then I wouldn't bother sending save the dates,just send invites out 3 months before the date
I ordered save the dates and never sent them!!! Neither did my best friend who got married recently. I wouldn’t bother xx
I sent them because most of my guests are coming from the opposite end of the country and I wanted to make sure they had time to book travel arrangements but if they'd all been local I probably wouldn't have bothered
We sent some as our wedding is during half term and most of our guests will need to travel to us. Only cost £8 and that was for 60 cards. We designed them ourselves and just got them printed by a professional. Fancy envelopes were cheap too. Biggest cost was stamps!
We've done our save the dates for guests who are likely to have to travel to get to us. My h2b's family all lI've in the south west and we're in Kent so a few have made sense but probably not for all guests
We just sent texts so people knew the date - it is in summer hols and lots of our friends live quite a distance from the venue and/or have kids who won't be coming so for lots of reasons the earlier they know the better! We aren't ready to send full invites so wanted to get the word out there asap - bit didn't feel the need to spend money on the save the dates xx
My other half made our save the dates online and we distributed them via Facebook messenger and WhatsApp etc to cut down on the cost of postage. We only had to post a few out in the end :)
I did save the dates mainly just for our family and close friends to ensure they would be there as I didn't want to send invites out early.
Ours were so cheap to make yet looked lovely. I got MIL to take a photo of us in a park in autumn and a large leaf placed in front with save the date 21/10/17 I then got an offer on photos £3 to print about 100 more than needed. I got nice envelopes and some leaf shaped confetti to put in to them. Less than £10 to make! X
I did save the date cards for the main bridal party so they knew not to book any holidays etc at that time! x
We're sending out save the dates purely because
A ) my side of the family live all over the place
B ) we're getting married in the middle of the summer holidays so people may book holidays if they're unaware.
I designed them myself and got 50 on vistaprint for around £8 so we'll worth it to make sure everyone doesn't book a holiday!
I don't understand what they are for?? Are you inviting people to your wedding? Then send an invite lol x stupid idea in my opinion x
Save the date very Americanized... I just put out invites about 6-8 weeks b4.
I sent save the dates as our wedding was in august and people plan holidays!
We sent out save the dates as our date is a popular date for people to book for other things. Had an artistic friend design and print cost very little and we sent them out in or Christmas cards 🤷🏼♀️ x
I booked my wedding in October for August next year. I'm not sending save the dates and arranging invites in the new year. The week after there is another family wedding and as my OH has family in France coming over for that wedding already we have informed them of our date so that they can decide whether they can afford to be here for longer and make necessary arrangements with regards to flights. Don't see the point of added expense when trying to save money x
We sent them because we got married on a week day. I designed them and uploaded to business card template on Vistaprint for cheap, quick printing then sent them out with Christmas cards to save on postage. Only send to day guests though - we made the mistake of sending them to everyone and confused evening guests. Oopsy!
You don't need to bother. I am only sending them because we're getting married abroad and we have friends living all over the place, so I wanted to make sure people had time to book time off work and make plans. If you do want to it can be done cheaply.
I only done save the dates for my full day guests and only those who are travelling as me and my H2B are getting married 300 miles from his parents but in 30 miles from mine.
We also done one save the date per "couple" (mum/dad brother/GF etc). Ours only cost us £30 and we still have some left over 😊😊
We didn't bother, we told everyone when ours was and sent invites 6 months before. We've had a few relationship shifts with break ups and new relationships, a friends death and a family fall out so our guest list has changed a few times since they would have gone out too
Im not sending them i have spoken directly to those who need to travel and the ones i think would struggle getting time off work. Everyone else will just get invite in march for july wedding xx
I sent them a year in advance as our wedding is on a weekday and a lot of guests will have to take the time off work if they’d like to attend x
I’ve told all my guests our date and then 8/9 months before I’ll send our normal invites x
I only sent save the dates to day guests. We had enough for 60 guess and chose wooden magnet hearts with the info on for £45 ish. Still have a few left.
You could text or email the date to people who you want to invite if possible. That should save some money.
We did save the dates because we are doing a destination wedding, we would have just done invitations had it been a local wedding ️
We are sending out save the date cards coz its a fun thing to do :) lol - we know it's an extra expense but we aren't getting married until 2020 and I need something to keep me in the wedding mood ;)
I did save the dates as so many people I know are getting engaged and wanted to solidify the date in people's minds. I did mine through funky pigeon and that really kept the cost down
We sent out save the date magnets as our wedding is quite far off (September 2019). I got them through Amazon and they were reasonably priced.
We are doubling up our Christmas cards as a save the dates! Our wedding is 22.12.18 so wanted to be festive as getting the invited in late spring for a Christmas wedding might not get people in the festive spirit! Also I was very mixed up about who to send the save to dates to so have stuck with family definitely coming to the day reception
My save the date cards cost 99p for 20 from Pound City!
We did save the dates I got a set of 50 magnetic from eBay, for £15 delivered and they personalise them and come with little envelopes, does the job if you are sending them out x
I have save the dates, I got mine off eBay, they are personalised with magnets, they cost £18 with p&p for 50 xv
We are on a budget too but loved the idea of a save the date, we only sent them to our day time guests (60 people). We kept it as cheap as possible. We bought the tags, tubs and sticker (around the tube) from eBay and the flower/sand in a hobby store. I think we ended up making about 35 and costs us no more than £50 (excluding stamps/envelopes). You can do it as cheap as you want. X
Make your own. I made mine for 70 guests and cost me £40 including postage xxx
I made some and sent them out as we booked the venue over a year in advance and wanted people to know the date so they didnt book holidays etc.. think if your getting married at a busy time of year it might be a good idea to give people a reminder incase they book a holiday or commit to other weddings. They cost hardly anything to make. I designed them on publiser and printed them out on card.
My daughter sent out save the dates cos her wedding is aug bank holiday weekend
Consider whether the date would be likely to be a time where guests are likely to book holidays i.e. school breaks, special days (Valentine's, Mother's Day, etc.) If it's not close to anything I wouldn't bother with save the dates. But if it's August or December and the like I'd consider it, you can pick up save the dates in card factory for a few quid I think, worth a look
I got mine for free from a website template you design download and print if you want or you can do as we are and are uploading them to a free website. We are giving everyone a year's notice for the wedding as we have family living away
We did save the dates for both day and evening guests.This was because it was slap bang in the middle of summer hols,August.My husband's friend did them in the style of a football ticket very cheaply for us.xx
We used greenvelope.com to send out our save the dates via email (our actual invites will be physical). My h2b didn't want to waste money on save the dates, but I wanted to send something as we have a lot of people coming in from America and Europe - this was our compromise.
It was cheap (£30), didn't have to pay for stamps and there bus an option for hurts to reply with their address for you to send invites to. X
I sorted our save the dates in Vistaprint as I didn't want to spend a ton of money. We got 70 magnets for £50. If you look out for a special offer you can pick them up cheaply and they look great
I got magnets off eBay. We’re great as family could book the day off well in advance and make plans themselves. I’d highly recommend as know ppl that haven’t and guests have ended up away for the wedding
We did save the dates because we sent them 1 year in advance.. personal preference really, there’s no right or wrong answer 😊
We sent save the dates out in September as our wedding is during the summer holidays and didn't want people to book their holidays, invites to go out in January
I sent out saves the dates for my wedding since I am getting married in Feb and I know a lot of my family tend to go away on holiday around then. You are under no obligation to send save the dates but I think it is useful for your friends and family to know the date so they don't book anything. Save the dates don't have to be expensive - I just brought mine off an ebay shop and got 50 save the date fridge magnets for £16.00.
We had family coming from all over and as was in late June wanted to get the date in people's diary before any holidays! Depends how far in advance you book as well - we booked nearly 2 years in advance and obviously don't want to send formal invites that early. It's nice to send a printed note as well rather than just an email or text...get people excited and set the tone early on.
I have sent save the dates for people travelling furthest (we're getting married in Yorkshire so sent them to people overseas first, then will next send to those travelling from London, Wales etc.) and only send very few to local people who I know could do with being given advance notice...definitely don't need them for evening guests, or any close family who clearly already know the date!
Thank you all for your advice and love some of your ideas!!. Have been speaking with other half though and we are just going to send out invites closer to the date and scrap the save the dates as my other half is in the forces the guys and girls coming have been told the date so they are booking it off so they will be here :) thank you all though really appreciate it xx its the little things like this im unsure of and don't know what to do for the best.lol thank you all xx