Electronic Save the Dates - Yay or Nay?
In this day and age of technology, almost everyone has a smart phone, or at least a computer. Because of this many of our couples ask us if it's ok for them to send Save the Dates electronically. Before deciding whether you are going to send them electronically or if you are going to send printed Save the Dates, here are some things to consider:
While your Save the Dates don't need to match your wedding invitations, Save the Dates do give your guests a clue as to the formality of the wedding. If you are having a black tie wedding then you may want to skip the electronic version and opt for a printed one. If your wedding is a little more laid back, then by all means go with an electronic Save the Date!
Cost and convenience
Electronic Save the Dates are often a much lower cost than printed (there are even some free ones but they are not usually as customizable). Plus, you don't have to pay for the postage! And they save you time...no stuffing envelopes or putting on stamps. They can also be sent out much quicker since you don't have to wait for them to be printed and shipped to you.
Email isn't always reliable
One downfall of electronic Save the Dates is that emails can sometimes get sent to a guest's spam folder. Or you may not have their current email address. You may need to do a little more research to ensure you do have everyones correct email addresses. Also, keep in mind some guests (i.e. grandparents) may not have email!
When you send a printed Save the Date it will often get hung on your guest's refrigerator. An electronic version can't do this and once they are read they may be forgotten about.
On the other hand, some people immediately throw away the printed Save the Dates which ends up being a waste of money for you.
There is no right or wrong answer as to whether you should send printed or electronic Save the Dates. You'll have to take into account the details of your own wedding. If you do decide for electronic, some of our favorite sites are Paperless Post, GreenVelope, and Evite.
We'd love to hear your thoughts and what you did!