Post # 1
I have been looking around for save the dates and invitations. My family (both sides) say I should send save the dates out in January. Their reasoning is because I am having my wedding next December in a city who takes christmas very seriously. Therefore, it’s their main tourist season, and hotels book up fast. Is this January too early to send out save the dates for a Decemeber 2014 wedding?
Secondly, When I was looking for save the dates I noticed davids bridal has a 50% off sale for invitations. Is it way too early to buy the invitations? I already have the venue booked and, I know the time of the ceremony. Would there be any reason why I should hold off on buying them?
Post # 3
@Danni331: I sent my STDs as soon as we booked our venue – it was 9-10 months out. If you know the details and you know they won’t change then I see no harm in ordering your invites early. My only caution would be regarding the RSVPs and meal options etc, I know our menu won’t be finalized for another month or so for our May wedding.
Post # 4
We are sending out STD’s between the beginning and end of Feb for our October wedding [so about 8 months in advance]. The invites will go out sometime in late June [about 4 months in advance].
Getting the invites 1 year in advance seems pretty early, and david’s bridal has sales quite often on their invitations.
Post # 5
I already bought our save the dates and our invitations. I am now, just looking for a time to send them out 🙂 I am thinking after the holidays…so February or March.
Post # 6
I already have my save the dates and plan on sending them in January. I thought about doing it as a Christmas card but didn’t want it to be lost with everyone else’s Christmad cards . I figure, like you said, December is such a crazy busy time with the holidays I want to give my guest plenty of time to plan. Plus my wedding is in NJ but we have family/friends coming in from New Orleans, Ohio, Virginia, California, and a couple other places.
I have basically picked out my invites but am not ordering them yet. I’m too worriEd a time might chance and then I’m out a lot of money. Many invite places have awesome sales often. Hope that helps and yay for fellow Dec 2014 brides!!
Post # 7
I sent my STDs out 10 months in advance beause our wedding is May 30, the end of the school year/beginning of summer and vacations and we wanted to be sure that everyone knew to plan a vacation either before or after our wedding. In addition, nearly his entire side of the guest list is from across the country.
Post # 8
i sent my STDs out 6 months in advance, but i was only engaged for 8 months.
you know the area best, if you need more advanced warning for guests to book hotel rooms, make arrangements, etc, a year in advance is fine. i would wait until after the holidays to send it so it doesn’t get mixed up with holiday mail.
if you know all the info, you could order invitations now. i’m not sure how fancy you want, but i order 150 invitations, 150 information cards, 250 thank you cards, 2 different rsvp cards (couples and singles) and addressed envelopes to match from vistaprint for under $300, no shipping fees.
so look at all your options for invitations before ordering.
Post # 9
I bought them. They just came in, and I love them. Thanks for the advise!
Post # 10
We have had a long engagement (26 months by the time we’re married), so we had plenty of time for invitation/STD decisions… plus, everyone knew we were getting married, so there was no rush to get anything out there. Ours is a semi-destination wedding, meaning it is in our home state of NC, but it’s at the coast where we met & fell in love. Most of our friends still live there & the coast is a special place for both our familes. That, paired with our wedding being Mother’s Day weekend, we sent our our STDs 7 months in advance in October 2013. We will most likely send our invitations out 2-3 months in advance. I actually just ordered them today becuase I was too excited to wait!