11/5 {Real Bride: Carrie} The E-STD…A Very Simple Save The Date

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When it came to STDs, (insert sixth grade level laugh here), Zach and I didn’t feel the need to be fancy.  While I certainly appreciate the beautiful, ornate paper STDs and invites out there, they just didn’t strike me as a must-have item.  Plus, we loved the idea of going paperless!  Sending the majority of our STDs and invites via email will save trees and save us money!  Some may still think it’s iffy, from an etiquette point of view, but as you’ve probably realized by now, we don’t really bow to tradition very much.

To make our STD, all I did was use GIMP photo editing software (Photoshop’s free, downloadable twin) to add text to a cool picture of us taken at the Uyuni Salt Flat in Bolivia.  I downloaded the awesome fonts for free too! (Check out dafont.com for free fabulous fonts!)  I’m no photo-editing wizard, but I think they turned out pretty well for the amazingly low price tag of $0!

To send these out, we just attached the photo to an email titled “Save the Date!” and then wrote a short personal note to the invitee in the body of each email.  I think it added a nice intimate touch!

Did anyone else send out e-STDs or e-vites?  Would you like receiving an e-vite for a wedding, or would you think it was tacky?

  • Jeannie

    Hi there — I have been playing around with sending Save the Dates by email. Did you get any feedback on them? I floated the idea to my aunt who said that she especially liked the idea as a simple inbox search could pull up the information that would likely get lost in a pile on her desk if a paper STD was sent. We also anticipate using electronic RSVPs and so it would set the tone for that, as well. We just really want to make sure that every penny we spend contributes to the experience our guests have at the wedding, and so paper STDs and RSVP cards (and the postage for these items!) do not seem to make the cut. We’ll send out an actual paper invite, of course.