Post # 1
Ok so my wedding date is April 17, 2010. I was planning on sending out the STD’s the first week of November and the invites the first week of February…..does this sound good?
Do we need to be registered by the time the STD’s go out? Should I include a little card in the STD’s that say where we are registered? Or should I only do that with the invites?
Post # 3
I didn’t look at a calendar but here are the general guidelines.
STD’s go out 8-9 mos before the wedding and invitations are sent 6-8 weeks before your big day. Registry information does not go in the STD or invitation (unless that’s the norm in your family/social circle, its generally considered not proper etiquette, but like everything else in wedding planning – do what’s best for you and your situation).
Registry information can be included in your shower invitations. I like to print it on a seperate card since it technically should never be “on” an invitation.
You can register whenever you want but if your family gives engagement gifts you might want to start one when you send out your STDs. Your guests will either ask you or your parents where your registry is if they are interested in purchasing something from it. Just remember that seasonal items (bedding etc) can often be discontinued by the time your wedding rolls around.
Congrats and best of luck!
Post # 4
I think your timing sounds pretty good.
As for registry info, that’s definitley a hot topic. I’m not sure what the proper etiquette is for including it on STD’s (I would say probably not a good idea) but I know they say you should not include it with your invitations. It can be included with shower invitations. I also know that sometimes it’s a regional issue. Ask about including it with invites and probably 95% of the brides would say not to include it. But I know in my small town/rural area, 9 times out of 10 it is included with the invitation. That being said, I’m not including it with ours even though it’s the norm around here. We have a lot of older guests that may be offended with the thought of us "asking" for gifts. But we did include it in our shower invites because that is were you are "showered" with gifts. And it’ll get around by word of mouth.
Hope this helps!
Post # 5
A good way to let your invitees know about where you’re registered is to create a web site. Most sites allow you to link to your registries. On your STDs or invites, you can put a line about — “for more information, check out our web site @ …..” It’s a great way to provide more detailed information about wedding events, your bridal party and where you’re registered!
Post # 6
- Wedding: March 2010 - Calamigos Ranch
Timing sounds good. I’m letting my guests know where I’m registered on my wedding website, and I included the URL on the STDs (we’re also listing hotel information, things to do in the area, who the wedding party is, etc.). The registry information will go out again in the shower invites, and the website info will go out again on the directions insert in the wedding invitations (we’re posting maps on the website, too). Generally it’s not good form to include registry information directly in a wedding invitation, but if everyone you know sends it out then, you might as well also.
Post # 7
Should I put the hotel info on the STD? Or just make sure I include it with the invitation? I have it on our website, but my invites and STD’s have already been printed and I don’t have the website on those. Should I just have a little business card made up with our website on it to throw in with the invites?
Post # 8
Also, how do you figure out how many rooms to block at the hotel? I’m only blocking rooms at 1 hotel, but there are several others in the same area so if this one gets booked up it shouldn’t be hard to find a room somewhere else. But we’re planning on having a brunch/gift opening at the hotel the next day…..how do I make people aware of that? I feel so clueless when it comes to this stuff 🙁