Broke-Ass Tag: save the date


Affiliate Disclaimer NewSome ladies dream of the perfect wedding dress, others dream of the Prince(ess) Charming that will meet them at the end of the aisle and many dream of the minute that they will say “I do.” Before I joined the sorority of engaged ladies, I too dreamed of the above but the most pressing dream and the images that keep me up at night are the Save the Date cards, magnets or whatever the current hot trend is at the moment! Yes, the Save the Date announcements excite me. We did not change our relationship status on Facebook and our pictures are not posted in our hometown newspapers so, the Save the Date is our first formal announcement that we are embarking on a journey of a lifetime.

Over my morning coffee, I’ve pondered on my Save the Date plan. In theory a tangible item sounds like a great idea, something that stands out and something that is an in-your-face reminder of our special day. Basically, our “can’t get enough of each other, so very much in love” faces on your fridge. This all sounds like a great idea, there’s just one small problem … the budget! We need a cost effective — more like free — way to share the date of our wedding with a functional purpose of also collecting mailing addresses from family and close friends. Lightbulb moment: lets send out Save the Date emails! With my deadline of November quickly approaching, I’ve narrowed down some options with my $0.02 on the pros and cons of each one.

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Pros: dedicated wedding section that is easy to find on the homepage. Lots of free style options and I especially liked the simplistic look and feel of the designs. Option to create a Favorites list, which I like to compare the designs. I’m a photo fanatic so I loved that I could edit my image with filters. Tons of options for the envelope, envelope liner and background.

Cons: I wish that there were more options for the  photo filters and correcting features. Limited text changes beyond color, typeface and formatting. I was a little confused by the coins needed at checkout. It appeared that I needed to pay for the service despite selecting a free template.

Real Bride Ciji's Paperless Post Save the Date announcement


Pros: at first glance, it looks as if they specialize in weddings. I liked the option to work with a designer and all of the costs and services were clearly listed. Each of the templates offered multiple color options which is great if I wanted the Save the Date email to match our wedding colors. No option to select free or premium templates, so I am assuming that everything is FREE! I loved the option to select what type of mailing I wanted to do. The options were Save the Date, Invitation with RSVP, Thank You Note and Card/Announcement  My immediate thought was that I would be able to go back in after the wedding and select a digital thank you note that matched my Save the Date card. The image filter options focused on correction vs. a color overlay which is great and the text editing choices are unlimited.

Cons: I went thru the entire process, created my Save the Date and it wasn’t until I hit the Send button that I received pricing information. So I had an “um, say what?” moment! They have two pricing structures, single mailing and yearly membership. The pricing for the single mailing start at $9 to send out up to 20 invites and increases in increments of 20. The yearly membership offers a lot of support and increased services/customization and starts at $120 for up to 40 mailings. The costs are not terrible, I just didn’t like being informed after I designed my awesome Save the Date.

Real Bride Ciji's Greenvelope Save the Date announcement


Pros: There were plenty of free options (100) & premium options (194) and most of the free designs were similar to the premium templates. You can select four different views of your design; design, email, webpage or digital envelope

Cons: Many of the free designs do not offer the ability to add in an image. It was cool to see the four different design options although I was unsure on which one would be best for my Save the Date announcement (I picked digital envelope). The event details section is not specific to date, location, etc,; rather it’s a general message box. This could potentially be a pro for some considering that you can customize this space. This site was a little too basic for me, I was underwhelmed with the experience and decided not to make a test to share in this post.


Pros: Canva has a lot of template options and you can customize them to fit your wedding theme + I love the idea of creating our own design! I like the ability to download as a .jpeg image and insert into a Google form to collect mailing addresses!

Cons: Designing is was more of a time investment than I anticipated. The site doesn’t include an email option, however you can download it in .jpg, .pdf and .png file formats and share on social media. You have to pay to remove the Canva watermark. There are single use costs and multi -icenses.

Real Bride Ciji's Canva Save the Date Announcement


The search continues for me and I am excited to make my final decision and hit the send button! One more thought: For those of you that may think that a digital Save the Date announcement is tacky, the great great-granddaughter of etiquette extraordinaire, Emily Post confirms that it’s not. For my guests that are not email-savvy, i.e. my grandmother, I have a special DIY treat in the works!


  • 8/29

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  • 6/22

    Disclaimer: A very easy way to save money = skip save the dates. I know this. Social media makes it super easy to spread the word of your wedding date and location, and wedding websites are an amazing way to keep people informed. As a Broke-Ass, I was obviously looking for ways to cut costs, so we did consider forgoing a save the date. But because we…

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    If you caught my last post, life has been a little unpredictable lately, right in the midst of preparing for an industry talk at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and trying to DIY these Save the Dates. When I decided to make these myself, I knew that the industry talk was coming, but assumed I’d be able to manage both of those simultaneously. Our unexpected circumstances…

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    Our first official wedding correspondence is going out in a week or two (as soon as I get around to DIY-ing them) -- our Save the Dates. Everyone we’re close to knows that we’re getting married. It shouldn’t be a secret or surprise to anyone when they arrive in the mail. It’s also not as if our wedding and getting married doesn’t already seem real;…

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    It's been said that invitations set the tone for your wedding, but Save the Dates serve an entirely different function. They don't have to be anything like the invitations and can be personalized in so many ways -- whether you want to include a photo from your engagement session, tell the story of how y'all met or you just want to be mysterious while also…

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    Hey everyone! Remember back when I showed you a teaser for our engagement pictures? My friends at Traynor's Photography gave me the rest of our pictures over the weekend! And, just like us, our pictures are goofy, ranging from mildly silly ... ... to completely ridiculous. We chose to use a fun picture for our Paperless Post save the date, also. Why not have a little…

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    One of the things I notice about wedding planning is the amazing accrual of stuff -- from planners to printouts to swatches, you have stuff that you're toting around to various meetings, fittings and brunch with the ladies. It would certainly be nice to have a place designated just for wedding stuff, because everything should have a place, right? Etsy seller Digital Printsess makes sturdy,…

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    I am admittedly not the craftiest beaver on the block; and it's true, many a craft has beaten my ass to the ground and screamed in my face "Martha Schmartha, yo!" But that doesn't, for some reason probably linked to estrogen and my passion for all things glittered, squelch my lofty craft ambitions and attempts at greatness. Or, more accurately, attempts at not-complete-failure. I used to be…

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