Post # 1
Hello Lady Bees –
I have an out the box question and I’m not sure what the best decision here would be.
My fiancee and I have decided to combine her 30th birthday celebration, our wedding and our honeymoon. We are rolling it into one and having a destination wedding in Rio de Janeiro. We know that a handful of people, if that, will attend but we still want to do the “right thing” and send out invitations to folks that we really want to come.
For the wedding, we are having super cool passport invitations made which will contain information about the destination, itinerary, penthouse rental, etc. But my question is, do we need to send out save-the-dates AND invitations for the wedding?
Also, we are planning a birthday dinner one or two nights prior to us leaving. Should we send out invitations for those too or maybe do something informal like an e-vite? At that time we plan to tell folks we’re getting married during our trip to Brazil.
Post # 3
@CocoClassic: I’m going to move this to destination weddings in the hope that you’ll get answers from some of the pros there, but my instinct is that for a destination wedding, just the invitations will suffice!
Post # 4
@CocoClassic: We are getting married on the island of Koh Samui in Thailand and are inviting people (close friends and family who live all over) from France, Spain, Greece, Bangladesh, India, Malaysia, Thailand, Canada, Taiwan, the UK and the US. Our wedding will take place during the island’s peak tourist season, so we wanted to make sure our guests knew that they could get their rooms at reduced rates using our wedding code. Since almost everyone has to travel far and book their tickets and rooms ahead of time, we realized it was impossible to just send a save-the-date without including a bunch of other information…so, we decided to send out our invitations 6 months early.We sent them out last month although almost everyone already knew about our wedding and the venue by word of mouth even before the invitations were sent out. So far, we have gotten 6 RSVPs.
Oh, I forgot to add that we didn’t include response cards and envelopes. We included 2 inserts: 1 that was RSVP information to let them know we’d like to hear back by a certain date via email to an account we created just for the wedding and 1 that gave all the accommodation information and information about our resort. With guests all over the world, it would be impossible to get all the different postage stamps for their RSVPs, so we opted to hear back via email instead.
We are doing a welcome dinner the night before the wedding, but we’re giving this information out to each guest via email once they RSVP yes to us.
Let me know if you have any other questions! 🙂