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How to Save Money on Save the Dates

Ever since I was a kid I was brought up to be frugal and to save and budget money. * Disclaimer: I am not a financial planner.

How to Save Money on Save the Dates

Introduction

Save-the-dates are traditionally sent out six months before an event and are a way to let all your friends and family know about your upcoming nuptials. They're also usually pretty expensive! Luckily for you (and me), there are lots of ways to save money on save-the-dates without sacrificing quality or style. So let's dive into those savings now:

Mail out postcards rather than traditional save-the-dates.

Save the dates are a necessary part of any wedding, but they can be pretty expensive. What if there was an alternative to save-the-dates that would save you money, time and be more eco-friendly?

You can send out postcards! Postcards are much less formal than traditional save-the-dates and some people may even consider them informal. This means that you don’t have to worry about whether or not your guests will know what kind of attire they should wear or what type of food they will serve at your wedding.

Postcards also cost less than normal save the dates because they don’t require envelopes or postage stamps (some postcard printers will print on both sides so you only need one side). And finally, it doesn’t matter whether or not the mailman actually delivers your postcard because you can write on it yourself instead of having someone else do it for you like with traditional invitations where everything has already been stamped before sending out!

Skip the picture.

If you're looking to save money, skip the photo. Save-the-date cards are usually pretty small and can be printed in color on regular paper for less than $1.00 per card.

Using a picture on your wedding website instead of including one on your save the date will allow guests to see what your upcoming wedding will look like, but won't require any additional postage or printing expenses. This is a great option if you want to give guests an idea of what's in store for them without costing too much money up front!

Add your wedding website to the save-the-date.

Another way to save money on save the dates is by adding a link to your wedding website. This gives people a way to find out more about you, and it will also give them an opportunity to RSVP.

The only downside of this method is that it can get expensive if you use link shorteners like Bitly, which charge per click. So instead of using those services, I recommend creating your own custom URL shortener with [AWS Lambda](https://aws.amazon.com/lambda/) or [Google Firebase](https://firebase.google.com).

Skip the envelope liner.

Save-the-dates can be expensive, but you can save money by skipping the envelope liner. If you don't have a gorgeous design that's too good to waste on a plain white envelope, stick with the regular paper and save yourself some cash.

If you're putting your address on the back of the save-the-date instead of an envelope liner, print in black ink—it'll look nicer than blue or red. And don't forget to include your return address!

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Go with a printable template instead of a customized design.

You can save money by choosing a template instead of customizing a design. Templates are easy to use and often cheaper than having a designer create something from scratch. They're also more flexible, customizable, modern and professional-looking than printing your own design at home on your own printer.

  • You can try out multiple templates before deciding which one is right for you—it's like trying on dresses before settling on the one that fits best!
  • Pick a template with an open layout (like this one) if you want to add text or graphics yourself after downloading it as an editable file.

Save-the-dates are just one part of your wedding planning. It's great to cut costs here, but don't go overboard and make yourself stressed out before you get to the big day!

Save-the-dates are just one part of your wedding planning. It's great to cut costs here, but don't go overboard and make yourself stressed out before you get to the big day!

In general, it's better to save money on something that is going to be used only once or twice. If you're sending out a save-the-date card for an engagement party (or "engagement brunch"?) that will happen six months after your wedding date, then why can't you just use something from Pinterest? There are lots of free printable templates available online that won't cost you anything except some time.

If you have a really specific vision for your save-the-date card design, try asking friends and family members if anyone has any old photos lying around that could be used in the background of an invitation. Or maybe even sketch out what you want everything to look like on paper before taking it into Photoshop or Illustrator!

Conclusion

Whether you decide to go with a simple postcard or a more customized design, there are so many options for save-the-dates. And don't forget the other things that cost money on your wedding planning journey: flowers, venue decorations, invitations, and more! It's important not to get overwhelmed by all of these decisions but rather keep your eye on the prize: having fun with all your friends and family at what will undoubtedly be one of the best days of your life.

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Quality bargain wedding announcements and beautiful save the dates. * I am NOT an affiliate of their website. They are long trusted neighbors that do high quality work at bargain prices because for you to save money! :)

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This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.

© 2022 Shanon Sandquist

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