How to Send Save the Dates Cheaply (Without Looking Cheap)

Save the Date on a Budget

You're a budget-minded bride and savvy when it comes to saving money, but you don't want to come off as cheap—especially when you're announcing your upcoming wedding date. Understood. First things first: Save the Dates are relatively inexpensive. Compared to wedding invitations and other expenses associated with your wedding, save the dates do not cost much.  In fact, there are even some free save the dates available.

Save the date products come in all prices and range from cheap to expensive:

  1. Save the Date Postcards (least expensive  – and cheapest to mail, too)
  2. Save the Date Photo Cards
  3. Save the Date Cards
  4. Save the Date Magnets
  5. Luxury Save the Date Cards (most expensive)

There are several companies that let you design and print save the dates online at a reasonable price.  Our favorite is Zazzle, and their postcards (as well as their save the dates with envelopes) are beautiful without breaking the bank. Here's a full list of companies that offer affordable save the date cards and postcards:

Tips for Sending Save the Dates for Less Money

Here are a few money-saving tips to help you save the date cheaply:

  1. Send Postcards. Let's cut to the chase—you're looking to save the date on the cheap. Save the Date Postcards are the most affordable option for two reasons: a) they are the most inexpensive stationery and b) they don't require envelopes.  This means that you can mail them for $0.34 instead of $0.49, saving you $0.15 in postage per save the date. When you combine both considerations, postcards are the most economical choice.
  2. Use Coupons. Many save the date printers offer coupons and deals from time to time.  Right now you can save 15% off your entire order at!  Use coupon code 15OFF4UENJOY when you order.
  3. Buy in Bulk. All of these printing services lower their prices when the size of your order increases. Typically the discounts start to kick in anywhere from 50-100 save the dates, but it varies greatly. In short, it might be cheaper to order another 25 cards even if you're not going to use them.

When Cheap is Too Cheap

There is one type of "cheap" (in terms of quality) save the dates that you should avoid: print-at-home save the dates. DIY save the dates (that you print at home) are more hassle than they are worth and cost more than you realize in printer ink. There are some who disagree with that assessment, but life is short and planning a wedding is complicated. We highly recommend using a professional printing service for your save the dates.

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