- 7 years ago
- Wedding: April 2011
I think I am going to send out like a “reminder” to my wedding guests. I know it sounds odd.. and I have one idea, but I am not sure and need some ideas/suggestions. First, let me explain why I need to have them in the 1st place….
I am sending out my invitations very far away from my wedding date, 6 months before it (sending them Oct 17 so they arrive by Oct 23, wedding is April 23)- I have to. Me and my FI have a lot of family in Europe, and in order for them to plan flight arrangements internationally, they need to book it around 5-6months ahead of time, to make sure they have tickets/seats available and its cheaper to buy them that far in advance (i know i travel to Europe every year). I know you are thinking that, just send it to those guestsin Europe, but, it is Easter weekend, and since a good 45% about are out of state (including the ones in Europe too) and flying. I live in Fort Lauderdale, FL and many people take a vaca during that time of year with their families..since kids our usually off good friday- long weekend. Also, we get a TON of spring breakers, it can get nuts…so again, they need to plan ahead due to available tickets and $. This isn’t the biggest reason tho….
The hotel is giving us a ridiculous deadline, the guests have to make room reservations by Dec. 15th or they won’t get the discounted rate–> Regular price for that weekend is about $455 a night, and our discounted rate is $169 total including taxes (dad = excellant negotiator and don’t think at time we signed contract, they realized it was Easter wknd). And that weekend and time of year is in season for them+Easter weekend + spring break time, and the hotel is lovely… directly on the beach its a hot spot and usually BOOKED. I’m going to be honest because they asked me today, how guests i expected would be staying the night at the hotel… they staight up want people paying $455 not 169!! I know they have realized that a lot of rooms, more than they expected, are going to be booked by my wedding guests.. 9 rooms have already booked… just from sending out the save the dates + me & my FI immediate family booked 14 rooms, so thats 25 rooms, and I expect at least another 30-40 rooms willl be booked, minimum.
Therefore,I might as well send out all the invitation, even to the guests that are local because I know a lot have mentioned they are def. getting a room (we have 6 hour open bar). And i know peple are going to ask, and yes, I have looked at all hotels within a 15 mile radius, but no hotel has rooms at a cheaper rate at that time. The area it is in is very nice, they are either on the beach, across the street from the beach, or on the intercoastal waterway(water front), plus its more expensive that weekend anyways. Even if there was one, the ceremony + reception are both at the hotel, and the rehearsal dinner is less than a mile away, walking distance- because we didn’t want people to have to rent a car, and some can’t because they don’t have a US drivers license..just European! Even if I found a hotel 20 miles away for slightly cheaper, having to rent car would make it the same price, if not more, and more of a hassle.
Sorry, I babbled a bit… had to vent a little.. just found out today that the deadling for booking hotel is over 4 months before my wedding.
Onto what I need a suggestion with….since the invitations are going out so early, and the RSVP is also so early..I want to send out something closer to the wedding date to “remind” guests that are coming.. just the locals because i don’t think that people will forget about their flights they spend $ on.
I was thinking tiny little magnets you can personalize from http://www.cafepress.com/make/custom-magnets. And I would send them out 1 month-6wks before. I am trying to think of what to write on it, and it to rhyme .. something like ” I know the invitations were sent out a long time ago must say, so this is a little reminder about our big day. April 23, 2011″ ehh. Any suggestions on what to write?? Any suggestions on something different that should send out as a reminder? Something simple and not to $$ .. actually, those magney were a $$, anyone know of a place that makes personalized 1s like that but cheaper?
Any suggestions or ideas would be GREATLY appreciated!