Post # 1
How much notice do you give if you’re planning a destination wedding? Ours will be a few states away, so nothing international, but our families would still have to save for it in order to attend. I don’t want to send out invites too early, but I don’t want them to decline because we didn’t give enough time to save.
Post # 3
We received Save the date cards with the destination almost a month after they got engaged which was a total of 11 months to save. The actual invitations didnt come until another three or four months after but we all knew where it was so that was more a formality.
I would call your family if you can first and then send invites out.
Post # 4
We verbally let people know the week after we were engaged (only those people we were 100% inviting). We sent STD’s as soon as we had the venue, and this date, booked – so about 10 months before the wedding (ours was international). We sent invites out about 3 months out.
Post # 5
We verbally told everyone when we got engaged that we were thinking of a DW (so 2.5 years prior to the wedding) and we sent out STD’s 12 months prior and then invites 3 months prior to the wedding date.
Post # 6
Mine is a bit of a treck for my guests so we sent out save the dates about a year before hand and are sending invitations this weekend for our wedding at the end of March.
Post # 7
@lovelyMsValentine: We sent people save the dates a year in advance just so they had a heads up. Everyone really appreciated it!
Post # 8
We sent save the dates 11 months out. And invites 6 months out.
Post # 9
As many other bees, we told people first (small wedding), so that was almost a year and a half out. STD’s were sent in January 2013 and the formal invitation followed in late May.
Post # 10
We verbally let everyone about a year and a half out. Save the dates are heading out within a couple weeks, making it about 10 1/2 months. Our wedding is also in the US, a few states away (so everyone is driving), but people have to book early when iti comes to hotels/houses so I wanted to give a heads up.
Post # 11
we have a destination wedding AND a short engagement. We got engaged in January, sent Save the Dates February 1 and send invitations between March 1 and May 1. RSVP deadline was August 1. Wedding is last week of September. We didn’t have any type of feel for how many people would be likely to come but we settled on a max of 40. And wound up with 50 RSVPing yes (admittedly, we didn’t really account for the 15 or so people who actually live in the DW locale).
One hazard of sending out invitations so early was that 2 of the venues actually changed (ceremony and rehearsal dinner) and we had to figure out how to address that with guests.
Post # 12
We gave 7 months notice. We got engaged in December and started planning a big traditional wedding at home, then changed our mind 4 months in and decided to get married in Vegas instead.
Post # 13
about a month or so after we got engaged, we spread word that it was going to be destination and gave an idea of the city (that was about 15 months out). about 13-14 months out we’d booked, so we told ppl the exact date and venue. about 12 months out, we mailed out save the dates to the guests we’re definitely inviting. we’ll send rounds of invitations out, one batch 6 months before the wedding and another batch at 4 months before (with rsvp deadlines one month after ppl receive the invites).
our destination can get pricey and some of our room blocks close 3 months before the wedding, so ppl will need to save up and book early for discounts. a bunch of guests also want to turn it into a vacation because of the location, so they needed time to plan the rest of their trip, get time off work, etc.