(Closed) How far in advance? Save the dates for DW

posted 8 years ago in Destination Weddings
  • poll: How far in advance should I send the STD
    ASAP : (5 votes)
    22 %
    At least 1 Year : (11 votes)
    48 %
    6 months : (4 votes)
    17 %
    other : (3 votes)
    13 %
  • Post # 3
    521 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: December 1969

    We are sending ours out this month so 11 months in advance because

    It’s a holiday weekend–memorial

    It’s Destination Wedding for all my guests except for his parents and his siblings

    So I thought I would give guests plenty of time to save/plan ahead/etc

    Post # 4
    38 posts
    • Wedding: July 2010

    I sent mine out in mid/late December for a late July wedding, so about seven months.  We had a pretty small list, so I had my responses back by the end of February and got everyone booked in March when I found good deals.

    By The Way, where in Mexico will you be going?

    Post # 5
    360 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    You guys did way better than I did. I sent ours out end of April for an October wedding.  Its only Vegas, so hotels are plentiful, and it isnt a far trip for anyone. Still, you guys are on the ball!!  🙂

    Post # 6
    1729 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    I was just thinking about this… We decided on getting married here, which is a destination for pretty much all our family and friends, and I was wondering how far out we should send Save-The-Date Cards when we have a date, etc. If it were me, though, and I needed to save up to attend a Destination Wedding, I would want as much time as possible to plan for it financially and otherwise. At least a year, if possible.

    Post # 7
    4485 posts
    Honey bee

    12 months is ideal.

    Post # 8
    14 posts
    • Wedding: February 2010

    Traditionally 6 months is the minimum amount of time so that is the normal standard I hold to when planning a wedding.

    Post # 9
    2386 posts
    Buzzing bee

    Ours went out 13 months in advance, so everyone had plenty of time to plan/save if they want to come. 

    Where in Mexico? I’ll be a Playa del Carmen bride. 

    Post # 11
    1020 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: January 2011

    You could also send an email out to everyone that you are 100% sure are invited as soon as you book the place. That way, they have the date. I would send out STD’s 10-12 months in advance if you are planning a Destination Wedding wedding out of the country, because of passports. *I* have a passport, but when we were talking about having a Destination Wedding wedding, I realized less than half of my family has them! Also, some people have to renew their’s if they are expiring, and those things can take time. In country, I would still do 8-10 months–I plan my vacation days way out 🙂

    Post # 12
    2386 posts
    Buzzing bee

    Yup, we’re getting married at the Royal/Gran Porto Real. They are two sister resorts that offer different options for your guests. 

    I think it is the easiest thing to do. I think you have to go in realizing that you cannot control every aspect of you wedding if you’re at a resort. If you’re OK with that, I think it is a great option. 

    Post # 13
    1060 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2010 - Anela Garden Chapel & Japanese Cultural Center, Honolulu

    since airplanes start booking tickets 330 days before the actual flight, that’s when we sent ours out. though no one really bought their tickets until like, 6 months out..

    Post # 15
    267 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: December 2011

    Mine are going out 12-13 months in advance.  The wedding is in South Dakota, all of my family will be traveling about 500 miles, but my friends will be coming mostly from California.  They don’t have tons of loot, so I wanted to give them as much time as possible to save up if there was any chance they’d be able to make it. 

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