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You’re engaged ‒ congratulations! You finalized the date and picked out the venue, what’s next? 

Sending save-the-dates is a great way to tell your guests the date and location of your big day. To see what sparks your interest, you’ll want to start browsing some save-the-date ideas. 

You may be excited to show off your wedding style and announce the details to all of your family and friends, but your save-the-dates don’t have to break the bank. 

Here are some great save-the-date ideas for every budget:

Cards: Save-the-date cards are the most popular way to announce the big day to all of your loved ones. However, there are so many different save-the-date ideas for cards out there. You can order cards online, DIY, use eco-friendly paper, or card stock. The options are endless. 

Postcards: Save time and money by sending out save-the-date postcards! Think about how much time would be spent stuffing all of the envelopes, or how much more money you’d be spending in postage by sending out an envelope. By sending a postcard, you could save on average $0.15 per card! Check out Basic Invite for customizable save-the-date postcards. 

Digital: If you want to save money and paper, check out digital save-the-dates using websites like Paperless Post or Greenvelope. Although some older family members may prefer a traditional hard-copy save-the-date, there are definitely some pros to consider. Digital save-the-dates would also be a good idea if you have a shorter timeframe because they are instantly delivered as soon as you hit send.

Magnets: If you choose to order magnetic save-the-dates, your guests will be able to stick on their fridge and see it every day! For reasonably priced and customizable options, take a look at these magnets. If you have a little extra room in the budget, look into upgrading to these wooden save-the-date magnets!

Infographic: Do you want to share your love story with all of your guests? Of course, you do! Feature fun facts about you and your significant other on these beautiful infographic save-the-date cards! 

Scratch-off cards: If you want something a little fun, that will still easily fit in the mail, check out save-the-date scratch-off cards! You could order them online, from a website like Zazzle or make them yourself, using this quick tutorial!

Stickers: Send out personalized save-the-date stickers so that your guests will be able to stick it right onto their calendar. Follow this fun DIY to see just how it’s done! Your save-the-date will be stuck in their calendar, and on their mind. 

Video: If you’re trying to make your save-the-date truly memorable, try out a video save-the-date! It’ll be super easy to share with all of your friends and family, and fun to create as well! There are so many ways that you can customize a video to make sure that it reflects your relationship and shows your guests a little bit of your love story. Just make sure that you remember to include the important details somewhere in your video!

Additional wedding money-saving tips:

Remember to check with the post office to see how expensive your save-the-dates will be. Typically, the post office will charge more for items that weigh more than 1oz as well as items that are shaped like a square instead of the rectangular letter shape. 

Look for deals on websites like Shutterfly and Vistaprint. Depending on what sales they are having at the time, you could save 50% or more on your save-the-dates!

There are so many different ways to let your guests know about your day. Whichever way you go, make sure to send your save-the-dates out six to eight months before your wedding. If you send them out earlier, you run the risk of having your guests forget. If you send them out later, you might as well just send out the invitations instead. 

Want to document the process of picking out your save-the-dates? Record it all using the Weddeo app so that you will always remember every little thing that went into such an important day!

What save-the-date idea was your favorite? Are you planning to buy or DIY?

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