Wedding Talk (#2): Our Save the Dates
We umm-ed and ahh-ed about sending save the dates as so many people had told us that they were just another expense to add to the budget. However, we're getting married in a place that is very popular with tourists during a busy weekend in summer, so we wanted to make sure everyone had plenty of time to sort accommodation. Plus it's a popular weekend for holidays and festivals (notably that tiny little one called Glastonbury) and so we wanted to give our friends and family as much notice as possible.
However, we were still very keen that we didn't want to spend a load of money on them that could be better allocated elsewhere in the budget. I did a load of research, exploring handmade options and different suppliers, and in the end we settled for simple postcard sized save the dates that I created on the Vistaprint website.
They have hundreds of templates on there and I played around with a couple of options before settling on this simple photo style. The photo of us with the Northern Lights was taken on the same trip that we got engaged and the monochrome palette meant that we didn't have to think too much about themes or colour schemes just yet. We had them printed on nice white matte stock which made them feel a bit more premium and on the reverse side we added our wedding website address (which I haven't shared here because #internetsafety - I also blurred out our wedding location for the same reason!)
As we're getting married in a place that not many of our guests are familiar with, I knew I wanted to create a wedding website so that we could house all of the detail in one place, and it also meant that we weren't trying to cram too much info onto the save the date which helped keep the costs low. Also included in the price were these sweet stickers that we sealed the envelopes with - I thought that was a really nice touch.
Vistaprint usually offer deals when you sign up with them, and I managed to score a discount code that made the cost of these even more reasonable. The service was impeccable and the save the dates arrived within 5 working days. We were really happy with the quality of the print and had loads of lovely comments from our friends and family when they sent them out. I would definitely recommend Vistaprint if you're looking for a budget option that doesn't look budget, if you know what I mean?
What do you think?