I live and am getting married in Green Bay, Wisconsin, and pretty much all of my family lives two hours away in Milwaukee. I'm also getting married on a weekend in the Fall, which, in Green Bay, means the possiblity of a Packer game, which means no hotel rooms within an hour of the city in any direction. And we won't know if they are playing until next year's schedule comes out in Spring.
So, I decided that the best way to let my Milwaukee (and other out-of-towner) guests know that they need to make sure their hotel is booked before the game schedule comes out was to send out Save the Date Cards.
I've always kind of thought Save the Dates were a useless ploy invented by the wedding industry to get couples to spend more on stationary. And, actually, except for a few very unique situtions, like mine (what other small 10, 000 population town has a major NFL team whose fans can literally take up the entire town's hotel capacity on game weekends?) they probably are.
Since I was grudgingly purchasing the Save the Date cards, I decided I really didn't want to spend much money on them. I looked around online, and even there everything seemed so expensive. I thought about maybe just typing something up to send out to everyone.
Then, while browsing at Target one day, I came across a selection of Save the Date Cards. They were postcards with cute pictures on the front, and places to print your wedding date, location, and other notes on the back. These normally only cost about $3 for a pack of twenty, but I was lucky enough to stumble upon a clearance on one of the designs. I ended up getting eight packs of twenty for $1.50 a pack!
The ones I got are light blue with an engagement ring and "Save the Date!" on the front. It is a casual look, with the addresses and information hand written. My biggest complaint is that none of their Save the Date cards say "Formal Invitation to Follow" on them, so I've had to hand write it on all of them so my guests don't think these are my actual wedding invitations. This further cheapens the look of them and makes a lot more work for me.
Other than that, if you want (or need) to send out Save the Dates, and you don't mind if they aren't custom printed, Target has a very good selection for very reasonable prices.