Absolutely NOT a requirement unless you are having a DW that will require substantial planning & budget for guests considering attending or if you have a LOT of out-of-town guests that will have to travel to you. Even then, you can just give people a heads up via email, a quick phone call, text, etc. If you do choose to send STDs, only send them to OOT/VIP guests. Once you send an STD you are pretty much locked-in to sending a wedding invitation, so with more casual friends, co-workers, etc., do yourself a favor and don't commit too early. You never know how relationships/employment/etc. might change in almost a year. Daughter used Zazzle for all her wedding-related papergoods. They have a 50% sale almost constantly, so never order anything without waiting!
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I loved mine from Ann’s Bridal Bargains and they were a good deal
Save the dates aren’t a necessity unless you’re having a destination wedding, lots of out of town guests, or a week day wedding. We got 100 magnet save the dates and return address labels for $42 during a sale from Vistaprint.
Noooo! Not at all necessary. If you have any international guests or guests that are on very difficult times getting time off I would send a message (or phone call). STDs are definitely something you can skip
We printed our own. We have a lot of out of town guests, and our wedding is during winter in the northeast, so decided it was better to send them. but they're not a necessity.
Not a necessity. We have a lot of guests from afar though. We used paperlesspost (online) and sent them via email. It arrives to their email box like a card that they click to open, and the save the date card pops out. It's cute. Was very well received.
Not really...it’s extra money that could be spent elsewhere. We verbally told friends and family, even those from out of state, so I don’t buy into the whole out of state thing.
We are not doing save the dates. We are getting married about 10 minutes from our house and very close to all of our family (with the exception of my parents who live across the country). They already know our date and I though about just using a photo from our engagement session and doing something electronic. I know, corny and cheap, but hey, we are only inviting family and just our closest friends (about 2 couples each), so almost all of them already know our wedding date anyway. It is extra money that can be used elsewhere.
If you do go the route of save the dates, shutterfly runs A LOT of sales and you can usually get them at a reasonable price.
For us, it really was. We had over 100 guests from out of state (at least 1,000 miles away), several younger guests that would need to budget/save to afford to come (including bridal party members), and a lot of young friends so there were quite a few weddings that summer anyway among our friend group. We sent them out 10 months in advance, we purchased them from Zazzle. By then, our wedding website was done and our two hotel blocks were set up. As a guest, I always appreciate a save the date since we just seem so busy so often. We paid $100 for 110 save the dates through Zazzle, not including shipping & stamps.
Definitely not a requirement, but we had so many people asking us about details ahead of time that I wanted to send them out. It was also a way to show off some of our engagement pictures, since we didn't post them online.