Post # 1
This is my first post on the boards. We are planning a July 2014 wedding in a popular Michigan vacation town about 4 hours north of where we live. My fiance is from France and we are inviting his immediate family to the wedding. Our plan is to make it a desirable “vacation” for them by selecting this location. We are renting a house on a lake and we’ll have a boat and different activities for them throughout the week. We’ve also hand picked some week-long rentals for them which will greatly reduce their costs.
Everything in this area books up well in advance of summer. If his family intends to come and wants the most economical arrangements, they need to make those arrangements ASAP. We are suggesting to them the rental option as opposed to hotel because the hotels in that area are VERY expensive.
How/When/What do I send?!?! LOL I’m so confused.
Should I skip the save the date for these guests and just send the invite 7 months ahead of the ceremony?
Should I send a save the date and just include the wedding website with travel info?
I really apperciate your help!!
Post # 3
Save the date and wedding website.
id also suggest that your FI mention that things fill up quickly the next time he talks to them/emails/texts/whatever 🙂
Post # 4
I’d start with a phone call.
Save the dates and invites a great, fun details and work well for a more conventional guest list. However, for an international group with a lot more arrangements and considerations to make, I’d call them right away to talk thought the plan. Then proceed from there as needed. You can still send them the invites along with when you’d send them to other guests, but they’ll be more of a formality then.
My DH and I had a destination wedding on short-ish notice. Our very close family was all informed in person of the details because we needed to make sure that things worked for them (didn’t want to have a DW if they weren’t on board). For everyone else we sent out an email save the date wtih a link to our website (which I completed in two nights) that had all the necessary info included.
I still sent formal invites later, but it was a formaility. I already knew if most people were coming to the wedding at that point.