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Going paperless with your save the dates is an idea that can both save you a lot of cash and let you add some unique and personal touches into your wedding that will immediately excite your guests. So if you're considering sending out a virtual save the date to your wedding guests, here are six things you should know, and even do, before you press the send button.
1. Have a Second Option
Going paperless with your save the dates is a great option for your tech-savvy guests, but have a backup plan for guests that don't have email or check their email very often. Maybe print a handful of save the dates to send out to some guests who may appreciate receiving this piece of stationery in their mailbox.
2. Pay Attention to Email Bounce Backs
When you send out your virtual STDs, be sure to check your email and see if any of them didn't go through or if any of the email addresses were incorrect. Make a list of bounce backs and contact them separately with the save the date.
3. Link to Your Wedding Website
Since you're sending this out virtually, include a clickable link to your wedding website. That way people can be routed directly to your site for more information and a link to your registry.
4. Let Them Know How They'll Receive the Invitation
If you're sending the invitation via snail mail, let them know they should check their mailbox in a few months for more details. Similarly, if you're sending the invitation virtually as well, let them know they should check their inbox.
5. Consider Adding a Video to It
Don't limit yourself to a save the date that just has a photo on it. Add or create a video of you and your fiancé to send along with your STD.
6. Double Check the Emails
Before sending out your STD email, make sure you have all the correct email addresses for your guests and double check that your list is correct before pressing the send button. It's easier to make a mistake virtually.
Jen Glantz is a "Professional Bridesmaid" and the founder of Bridesmaid for Hire. She's the author of All My Friends Are Engaged and frequently wears old bridesmaid dresses to the grocery store and on first dates.