Post # 1
Hi bees! 🙂 I have a question about Save the Date/Invitation timeline. We are getting married on July 4th, 2015 in Virginia. FIs family lives in Canada, the UK, and Switzerland; my family lives 2.5 hours away from the venue. Considering the travel distance and the fact that it’s a holiday weekend, how soon should STDs/Invitations be sent out? Thanks!
Post # 2
First, welcome to the hive and congratulations since it’s your first post here 🙂
I’d mail save the dates out shortly after July 4th this year so at 11-11.5 mos in advance. (If you send them before July 4th, ppl might freak out and think the wedding is on July 4th of this year).
I’d mail the international invites out at 4 mos out (nice to give extra time for international mail, travel plans, etc.) and the local invites out at about 3 mos out since it’s a holiday wknd.
Post # 3
We are having a DW in Italy and all our guests will be traveling from the UK.
We have already told our guests the date and location so won’t be doing official ‘save the dates’ and plan to send our invites out 10-11 months in advance – this may seem early but our guests are already saving and bugging us for info on fights and hotels.
Post # 4
I would send the save the dates at LEAST 9 months in advance, I wouldn’t send them any earlier than 11 months, though. Anything closer to a year and people may forget. I would also suggest doing a magnet or something so people are most likely to hang it on their fridge, instead of throw it away.
For invites since you there would be alot of travel and the invites are going across countries, I would suggest 4 months ina dvance, 2 months for those who are closer. Normally invites would be no further than 8 weeks in advance, but I think you may be the exception to that!
Post # 5
SellyJo: good idea. If you do this, it’s nice to allow ppl to rsvp earlier more tentatively and then follow up requesting a firm RSVP (and reminding guests abt the wedding) maybe 3-5 months out. It’s also good to send some type of wedding info packet to ppl who RSVP yes. For us the info packet will include hotel and travel info (again) and everything on our website (the weather, things to do/see in the area, itinerary for the wedding weekend, how to get around, etc.).
We’re doing online rsvp and sending the info packets along w electronic versions of the mailed save the dates and invites out by email through our website – this is great especially for international guests (our snail mailed Save the date made it to a guest in Switzerland but not to a guest in Brazil), but both got e-versions at least. And for anything mailed out from our website (glosite.com), including bridal party info, electronic save the dates, etc., it can look exactly like the snail mailed version, the e-envelope can be addressed to the specific guest or household, and guests can just click the emailed item to get to our website.
OP, with a destination wedding, I’d suggest at least sending printed hotel and travel information when you send your save the dates and having that info available on your website. We did this. It’ll save you a lot of time and hassle. And a few ppl will use that info to start making plans early or to decide whether they can make it.
Post # 6
123four: I am getting married in Hawaii on July 18, 2015 and already sent out my save the dates. I know it seems really early but I felt that if people wanted to try and come it gave them tons of notice to save up and make plans. I know many people who want to try and make this their excuse to see Hawaii so I felt i owed them plenty of notice. I plan on sending invites out pretty early too and getting RSVP’s about 5-6 months before.
Post # 7
I think you can send them out at the 1 year mark. My FI’s family all lives across the country from where we’re getting married and we sent them out 10 months before.
Post # 8
I would say 10 months on STD and 3 months on invitations.