Post # 1
I’m getting married on a Sunday of Memorial day weekend (May 25th, 2014). My FI’s are all flying in from across the country (Washington and Chicago) to California for our wedding. I’m also having several out of the country guests attending as well. Should STD’s be sent out even earlier as compared to a non-holiday travel weekend? I don’t want to send them out too early to look like I’m jumping the gun, but I’d also like to give family enough notice in case they have done prior vacations on holiday weekends.
Post # 3
@ylapis: I think you should definitely send them out earlier. Flights can become very expensive for holiday weekends if you wait to book. Also, depending on where exactly your wedding is located, hotels may fill up early with out-of-towners coming to California for vacation.
Post # 4
I would send them as soon as you have an official date – meaning that a venue has been secured and deposits paid. I sent out STD’s about a year in advance since our wedding will be in Scotland and 95% of the guests will be traveling from another country.
Post # 5
@ylapis: I am getting married Sunday of Memorial Day weekend this year. We sent out our STD’s end of August…I think this is plenty of time and I found based on the respnses that those who are going to come are going to come and those who aren’t, aren’t! (ie – these people didn’t have plans for mem. day weekend and still didn’t come for whatever their reasoning may be)!
I SHOULD note that we verbally told all important guests the date right after we got engaged (end of May)…
Post # 6
It gives people plenty of notice so that they won’t have booked to go anywhere else (I’m guessing that long weekends are popular times for people to travel where you are, perhaps more so than the UK where we get a minimum of 4 weeks annual leave plus bank holidays on top, which I understand is considerbaly more than most folks in the States get), and it also gives them time to save/book flights/book accommodation, as, as another poster said, holiday weekends are peak time when it comes to travel, and tend to command a higher premium.
Post # 7
@Glasgowbound: Thank you for the reply! We’ve had our venue (plus photographer, DJ, Dress) since around December 2012 (we got engaged Oct 2012). Some people tell me I’m crazy for planning this all so far in advance, but as grad students we won’t be able to do much if we stuck to the typical time frame due to us flying across the country for a few month doing interviews. We are actually heading to Scotland as part of our honeymoon…can’t wait!!
@soy: We pretty much did the same with our important guests, however because I’m a bit of a planner I’m itching to see how many of those would come to see how much we need to modify our guest list to meet our F&B minimum.
@somethingaquamarine: Very true! That weekend apparently is an “Animecon” in the city, which our venue warned us about. I’m a bit curious to see how our relatives will respond to a large amount of people dressed in anime garb, but it may add to the charm of the wedding :).
Post # 8
I also am getting married on a three day weekend and we’ve sent the invitations out pretty early (3 months in advance) to make sure people could come… We did not have STD’s..