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Tight budget? Fret not! We’re here to help out. With over 30,000 couples coming to us each year for their Save the Dates, we've learned a thing or two on how to save big on this wedding stationery essential. Here are seven easy ways to save money while snagging beautiful Save the Dates.

1. Pinch Pennies with Postcards
2. Order One Per Household
3. Cut Costs with Cards
4. Watch Your Weight
5. Go Halfsies
6. Don’t Be Square
7. Seize the Deal

Secret # 1

Pinch Pennies with Postcards

Save the Date Postcards mail at the USPS Postcard rate—​15 cents less than the USPS First-Class letter rate. While it might sound like pinching pennies, these savings really add up once you multiply it by 100 or more.

How Much Will Postcards Save You On Postage?
15¢ x 100 postcards = $15 savings
15¢ x 150 postcards = $22.50 savings
15¢ x 200 postcards = $30 savings!


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Secret #2

Order One Per Household

(Not One Per Guest)

When calculating the number of Save the Dates to order, it’s easy to mistakenly rely on your total guest count. However, not every guest needs a Save the Date! For families and couples, you can simply send one per household, which cuts your total quantity (and cost) in half, or even a third.



Secret #3

Cut Costs with Cards

Save the Date Cards can cost up to 50¢ less than their Magnet counterparts, which adds up fast once you multiply that by 100 or more. From textured linen to shimmery pearl, you're bound to find a card type that suits your style.

How Much Can Cards Save You On Your Order?
50¢ x 100 cards = $50 savings
50¢ x 150 cards = $75 savings
50¢ x 200 cards = $100 savings!



Secret #4

Watch Your Weight

Since the post office charges more to mail items that weigh more than 1 oz., it’s important to check how much certain Save the Dates weigh before ordering. You can check online, call the stationer, or order a sample and weigh it at your post office (with envelope).

If your heart is set on a magnet, don’t sweat! There are plenty of Save the Date Magnets out there that weigh in at less than 1 oz.



Secret #5

Go Halfsies

(Half Card, Half Magnet)

If your budget doesn’t allow for 200 magnets, but why not order 100 cards and 100 magnets? Many Save the Date designs come in a variety of magnet and card options, making it easy to pick one design, then apply your personalized colors, photo, etc. to both the card and magnet versions of it.



Secret #6

Don’t Be Square

While Square Save the Dates are unique and modern, the post office charges about 20¢ more to mail square-shaped items. To be safe, skip the square if you’re on a budget.

Tip: Try a Semi-Square
To achieve that "square" look without the matching hike in postage, order a Classic Magnet, which measures in at 3.5" x 4".



Secret #7

Seize the Deal

(or Discount)

With so much planning to do, who has time to scour the web for discounts and deals? By subscribing to e-newsletters, you don’t have to. You can get exclusive discounts, promotions, and offers sent straight to your inbox. All you have to do is just sit back, relax, and let the savings come to you. :)



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Bonus Tips

Want even more ways to save on your Save the Dates? Here are some additional tips to try:

Send Them Only To Your A List
If money is tight, it’s OK to send Save the Dates only to your wedding party, close family, and good friends. You could still send out a link to your wedding website to the remaining guests. They’ll receive your invitation later, which is most important anyways.

 

Combine Them With Christmas
If you send out holiday cards every year, why not combine your holiday letter and Save the Date into one? You’ll save big on postage costs that way.

Order Just One®
Nothing stinks more than getting your Save the Date in the mail and realizing—​oops!—​there’s a typo, or the colors are off. Through our Just One program, you can save the cash (and stress!) of re-ordering by seeing your design in person first.