Save-the-date cards are a very popular trend, but are completely optional. If you are going to have a destination wedding or have guests that will be traveling a long distance to your wedding, perhaps a card announcing the upcoming wedding would be a courtesy gesture allowing them more time to plan for the trip.
A wedding on a very small budget should not spend valuable finances on these cards. An exception would be to only mail them to guests who really need to have the advanced notice.
According to the wedding timeline proposed on another page of this site, the save the date cards should be mailed at about 6 to 9 months before the wedding.
There are many designs for the cards. Some are magnetized, some are simply postcards, and most have a picture of the couple on them. For the very frugal couple, these can be printed from your computer. Any photo shop can have these done for you for a very reasonable price, and of course our favorite place to shop....the web has almost endless choices. These will cost you, on average, $2.75 a card plus $.44 for the stamp; most being sold in quantities of 25 or more. That brings the average cost per card to $3.19.
Again, these are absolutely optional. There is no reason to spend unnecessary funds, so make a wise decision and if you decide to send out cards choose those that fit into your budget.
Your save the date cards can be as simple as a postcard with your wedding information. You can also put a picture on them.
Design them on your computer through Publisher, or any other program that lets you design a postcard. Print your save the date announcement on cardstock (each page makes two; you have to cut them in half, of course), or blank postcards. Then attach a small adhesive magnetic strip to the back. (The magnetic strips can be purchased at office supply shops or craft sections in any store and of course on the web. They are about 1" to 2" in length and have a peel off backing)
Be sure to place the magnetic strip where it won't be in the way of the address of the recipient, return address, or of the stamp.
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