We are trying to keep wedding costs down where ever possible, and the save-the-dates were one place I think we were able to save some money. Here's what we did (sorry it's such a long post, but I feel like it has some good info in it):
I loved the idea of the magnet save-the-dates, but when I started looking in to them, they were more expensive than I thought. And to be honest, who really keeps the save-the-date once they get the invitation or once the wedding is over? I didn't want to spend a ton of money on this part. Then I thought about doing post card save-the-dates. We would have saved some money on stamps, but then I was worried that the post card might get ruined in the mail (you know how sometimes they get ink on them, or get wet, or ripped, or something). I wanted to put one of our engagement pictures on whatever type of save-the-date we did, and I didn't want it to get ruined, so I decided I wanted something that we could put in to an envelope to mail so it would be somewhat protected.
I was browsing Pinterest and the web, when I came across these cute little save-the-date cards on 123Print. They were super affordable, so I figured we'd order them and if we didn't like them, we wouldn't be out too much money. They were nicer than I expected when they arrived, so I was pretty happy. They had a nice glossy finish and were very clear. We put one of our engagement photos and the info on the card. I thought these were the perfect size for someone to stick on the fridge or put in their wallet or whatever (they are about the size of a business card). Did I mention it was only $5.95 for 100 of them?!? And when you sign up on the site, you get emails with discounts, so I think I ordered them when I had a coupon code for 15% or 20% off my entire purchase. We ordered 300 of the save-the-date cards (way more than enough, but we wanted to be sure), and with shipping and my discount, it was only $21.50. That means the cards were just over $0.07 each!
(They turned out much nicer and clearer than they look in this picture)
I also wanted to include an engagement picture that people could put on the fridge or frame or something, since the picture on the card was kind of small. I thought this would be especially nice for family and close friends. Since I had the rights to make copies of my engagement pictures, I ordered the photos from Walgreens and got a great deal on them...I got 200 4x6 prints for just under $16! I checked around to see if anyone had any coupon codes (since it is holiday time) and Walgreens had the best one. That means each print was only $0.08 each!
I purchased the stamps and envelopes from Meijer and just used plain white no. 10 envelopes.
So, in total, with the cost of the save-the-date card, photo, envelope (I think they were just under $4 for a box of 120), and stamp (I already had labels) it only cost us about $0.62 per save-the-date. I think that is a pretty good deal! And I don't know about you, but I love a good deal :)
Does anyone have any other money-saving wedding ideas?