Free Save the Dates (Yes, Really!)

A List of Websites Offering Free Save the Date Cards

The planning has begun and you're beginning to realize that it's not going to be an inexpensive wedding.  Fear not—save the dates are one way  you can save money without coming off as a cheapskate.

There are a few places that offer free save the dates (usually to help drum up business for wedding invitations further down the road).  There are some limitations (of course), but if you're having a small wedding and are pretty easy to please there are some ways to save the date for free:

Visitaprint (10 Free Save the Dates)

Vistaprint will give you up to 10 of their basic save the date cards for free—you'll just pay for shipping and handling (which is reasonable). This includes 5.5" x 4" full-color cards (color on one side) with white envelopes.  The offer is fairly flexible; you can still add customizations like color on the back side, different paper types, or a larger quantity of cards by paying a moderate upgrade price.  We've seen lots of couples order save the dates from Vistaprint for small ceremonies and have them printed and shipped for under $6. It doesn't get much cheaper than that.

Wedding Paper Divas ($75 towards your Invitations)

While technically not free, Wedding Paper Divas will give you a $75 coupon to use on your future wedding invitation purchase when you buy $75 worth of Save the Date cards from them.  By using the code SAVE75 when you order, they will send you a coupon that you can use within 3 months when buying your invitations.

This deal works best if you a) love the save the dates at WPD or b) already know you want to get invitations from them. If that's the case, it's a great deal.  Plus, you really can't go wrong with Wedding Paper Divas, the leader in the stationery industry.

Greenvelope (Electronic Save the Dates)

Sending save the dates online is considered by some a faux pas but it continues to be a growing trend and a viable option if you're wanting to send your save the dates at no cost.  While we're fans of actual printed save the date cards, it's your day, not ours—do what you want.

Greenvelope offers free save the date cards that are designed online and sent by email. They have other packages that include electronic invitations, RSVPs, and more but only the save the date option is free. Update: Greenvelope is now charging $29 for Save the Dates.  Instead, Pinng offers free electronic save the dates.

Tip: most stationery companies also offer save the date coupons to help you on your purchase as well, though many of those are limited to the winter months when sending save the dates is most popular.

Even though you're shooting for "free" you may be better off with cheap save the dates instead. For example, most save the date postcards are less than $1 each; there are many more options when you start looking for inexpensive cards instead of free ones.

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