How early would you want to receive an invite to a Destination Wedding?

posted 1 year ago in Destination Weddings
  • poll: How soon would you want to receive the actual destination wedding INVITATION? (not STD)
    5 months: I'm a planner, I prefer advance notice for travel & I want a confirmed invitation : (71 votes)
    70 %
    4 months: I'd like this much time to consider travel, even if I need a few weeks to RSVP : (18 votes)
    18 %
    3 months: It's the soonest I could know my sched/request off work if needed, etc. : (11 votes)
    11 %
    2 months: It's the earliest I could actually commit to attending : (2 votes)
    2 %
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    Busy bee

    Honestly, if it takes that long to drive or fly there I’d asy more than 5 months…

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    230 posts
    Helper bee

    I’m having a Caribbean island destination wedding and 1/2 of my guest list is flying in. Im sening STDs 8-6 months before the wedding, then sending formal invites 2-3 months before. You can find fairly cheap STDs online. Hope this helps!

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    1255 posts
    Bumble bee

    I would send out save the dates as early as possible and follow up with invites 9 months out, it is a lot of planning.  We sent our STDs 12 months out, and Invites 8 months out for a DW.

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    1411 posts
    Bumble bee

    I think the earlier for the invites the better…..although don’t make your RSVP date months in advance.  It’s hard for a lot of people to plan that far in advance (my DH for example) but if at least they know something is going on for that timeframe, they can “pencil” it in on their calendar.  

    Plus a lot can happen between getting a STD/invite to a wedding 6 months out….DH’s BF couldn’t come to our DW b/c his wife got pregnant 5 months before our wedding.  He had pretty much told us that he’d be there (he was gonna be the best man) but by the time they found out (when our invites went out) he changed his mind….which we completely understood.

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    Busy Beekeeper

    Since you’re sending out save-the-dates, I think 3 months out is fine. 

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    Buzzing bee

    I’d like at least 6 months, actually. The physical invitation isn’t as important as your informing me that I’m invited in enough advance that I can start making plans.   A save the date or even a heartfelt phone call is enough to get me planning and requesting vacay.

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    Helper bee

    I did the same as @Imean: .  I am also having a Caribbean destination wedding and sent STDs out 8 months out and will be sending my invites out this month.  People have to put in for time off work and stuff and plan.  It’s a good thing, earlier the better

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    31 posts
    Newbee

    I voted for 5 months. An additional option would be to do “save the dates” 8-12 months in advance. Perhaps this would give your guests more time to save up and plan :)

    @nyota256, I’m having a caribbean destination wedding, too!

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    9165 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper

    I’m in a similar situation as you – the wedding is where I live, and all my guests (my family and FILs) will be flying in.  I sent my STDs in June for a March wedding, and I will be sending my invitations in mid-January (2 months early).  Most of my guests have already booked the hotel and fligths off of the information with the STD, so there’s no need to send an invitation 5 months early.

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    1973 posts
    Buzzing bee

    I did STds 10 months out, invites 4 months out. I found it helpful to send the invites around then as it kicked some butts into gear for booking their trips before all the good flights etc are gone.

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    2393 posts
    Buzzing bee

    I’d send out invites approximately 5-6 months in advance. 

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    863 posts
    Busy bee

    I am not a fan of STDs – but in this case, I think it’s necessary! I’m a planner as well and I wouldn’t book a last-minute DW. I would need at least 6 months, especially to see if I could arrange the time around my job (I’m a teacher and just about never take off additional time aside from our vacations).

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    368 posts
    Helper bee

    I am getting married In Mexico. I am sending out std 10 Month in advance. Just because so many of my friends are getting married and I like to give everyone enough time to save up.

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    217 posts
    Helper bee

    I would say 5 months at the very minimum. Depending on your location and the time of year people really need to book things like flights and hotels early on to get the best rates. I am planning to send out my destination wedding save the dates about 1 year out and invitations about 8-9 months out. 

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