Save the Date Cards

(66 Posts)
Cackleberry4 Wed 07-Sep-16 13:42:40

When you receive a save the date card a year or more ahead of the wedding, how can you get away with declining the invitation when it arrives?

The couple know full well that I have no holiday booked, I was shocked to be invited and was caught short when handed the STDC so no time to find an excuse to not attend on the hoof.

I hate the damn things AIBU?

Itrytoohard Wed 07-Sep-16 13:44:23

Why don't you want to go?

MrsJoeyMaynard Wed 07-Sep-16 13:44:37

I suppose they're useful if it had been given to you by someone whose wedding you would want to go to.

JustHappy3 Wed 07-Sep-16 13:44:46

I'd think of it more as a pencil the date in card - stuff crops up. You can be full of apologies when the invite arrives. It's an invitation not a summons - as everyone says on mn.

FrancisCrawford Wed 07-Sep-16 13:50:51

I don't see the point in them.

It adds another layer of faff to the increasing palaver of the modern day wedding industry, which keeps on ballooning.

I'm not going to pay £££££ to go to a wedding in Maui just because you gave me a years notice to save up. I wouldn't be going if you gave me ten years notice.

Let neaerest and dearest know when you've booked the wedding. Otherwise send your invites out six weeks in advance.

Cackleberry4 Wed 07-Sep-16 13:51:11

I don't know the couple very well, I'm a closer friend of the brides father.

I am flattered to be invited, not to mention surprised, my husband will know no one and I will know 3 people and a fourth vaguely.

I just feel as kind and thoughtful the invite is they have friends closer to them to invite.

Pineapplemilkshake Wed 07-Sep-16 13:51:47

We had this recently - the STDC was given to us via MIL 6 months ago and the actual invitation last week. It was for DP's cousin who we never see and I've never met (in the three years we've been together). I sent a lovely wedding decline card just saying 'We are so sorry we are unable to attend but hope you have a wonderful day" without actually giving a reason. We didn't actually have a genuine excuse but just didn't fancy going/leaving DC for the weekend or being out of pocket. I suppose it's harder if you know them better though.

WingsofNylon Wed 07-Sep-16 14:00:47

If you don't know the couple well it sounds like it was just a polite invitation and they won't mind when you decline. As you say, they will probably invite someone else in your place.

Pineappletastic Wed 07-Sep-16 14:01:44

We did save the date cards, people lead busy lives and the usual three months notice would be nowhere near enough time for me, under normal circumstances my weekends are booked up about 6 months in advance.

It also cut down (though in no way stopped), the amount of 'when's your wedding again?'s from people making plans. It did also give people chance to save up if they wanted to come (I'm talking 18 months notice of 1 night in a UK travelodge, not Maui, some of my family still used money as an excuse not to come, one uncle even after I offered him my house for free)

Like a PP said, it's an invite not a summons, if you don't want to go, don't go. They're hardly going to put 'Save the Date - unless you don't want to come' that's just depressing.

Danglyweed Wed 07-Sep-16 14:04:34

We recently got one for dh's workmates wedding next year... a week in cuba. We have 4 dc(he hates kids so has none), he earns the same amount as dh, how the hell he thinks we can afford it is beyond me. Well actually we could afford it, but he's a complete twat

Velvetdarkness Wed 07-Sep-16 14:20:19

What I don't understand is why people don't just send the invitations out? What is a STD if not an invitation?

MangosteenSoda Wed 07-Sep-16 14:23:04

We got a save the date fridge magnet recently.

This thread has just reminded me that we need to decline (they specified that potential attendees should decline in advance of official invites so the reserve list fridge magnets could be activated)!

Redglitter Wed 07-Sep-16 14:24:06

You don't need an excuse not to go. Just send back a 'can't go' card when you get the invite. You don't need to provide a reason

OlennasWimple Wed 07-Sep-16 14:24:37

STD is saying "we know what date the wedding is going to be on but haven't got all the details worked out yet. And we know it's too soon to ask you to commit to being there so we will send you a formal invitation nearer the time with more details so you can let us know if you are able to attend"

Topseyt Wed 07-Sep-16 14:28:58

It all seems like a further and totally unnecessary faff to me.

I don't remember there being save the date cards in my day. I would think of them as just another money grabbing wheeze by the greeting card industry, but clearly I am the arch old cynic anyway.

milliemolliemou Wed 07-Sep-16 14:29:31

Doesn't it depend? if you have friends and relatives all around the place and the universe they need to consider if they want to/can afford to travel/stay. Could be done via email but not for some of the more elderly. If already committed/can't afford/don't want to go you can just say no and good luck. It does allow the couple to invite others in your place/resize the wedding. I agree with Pineapple six weeks isn't enough for working/family couples to sort things for the formal invitation so three months?

Topseyt Wed 07-Sep-16 14:30:00

And I would still decline if I wanted to without feeling guilty.

Soubriquet Wed 07-Sep-16 14:30:42

We got a save the date balloon hmm

Literally an envelope, a deflated balloon and a slip of paper that said "please inflate and save the date"

Once the ballon was blown up, the date was written on it

Velvetdarkness Wed 07-Sep-16 14:30:49

So Olenna it IS an invitation, but with a long rsvp date. Why not just do that?

TheNaze73 Wed 07-Sep-16 14:30:52

Just say you can't make it. You don't need an excuse

LetsJunglyJumpToIt Wed 07-Sep-16 14:32:52

It's just a save the date, not an invitation. When that arrives just decline, it's not a big deal.

We sent save the date cards as I'm a nurse and have a rota 3 months in advance. Trying to get everyone off on the same day can be a huge task.

Summersalmostgone Wed 07-Sep-16 14:35:50

I hate save the date cards too! I want to know exactly what I'm being invited too before I pass up any other plans. It also makes it harder to decline gracefully if you don't want to go.
I received a save the date for a distant friend last year. A year before the wedding. I was asked if I could make it and I said yes. When I received the invitation I realised I really, really did not want to go. It involved multiple venues with lots of travelling between ( 3 different venues!) and hours of waiting around.

Oysterbabe Wed 07-Sep-16 14:36:35

Just say no when the invite arrives. No further explanation needed. They probably won't care. We were pleased when we got some rejections, each one was £75 in the bank grin

Nutellas Wed 07-Sep-16 14:40:38

I once received a Save the Date flip flop.

TaterTots Wed 07-Sep-16 14:42:16

Danglyweed - He doesn't think you can afford it. He wants to show off that he can. If you really want to piss him off, go grin

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