Post # 1
My Fiance and I are planning a 2008 Thanksgiving Wedding in NC. It will be a long travel/destination wedding for our family, although not for us. How early would you suggest sending out invitations and expecting RSVPs? Keeping in mind it is a holiday and most of our family will need to make flight/hotel plans well in advance. Thanks for your help!
Post # 3
I would highly suggest sending out Save The Dates in advance (anytime from now to 6 months before hand I think would be a good time line), to give family & friends a heads up. Some families may make plans with their significant others side of the family – knowing several months ahead of time that a event is coming up with travel expected is not only a big realeif for them, but may ensure more of your family be able to make it!
Post # 4
Send STDs ASAP, preferably with hotel and travel info. Try to think of when the best travel deals will be available, and let that create your timeline.
If you send out STDs by the end of the month, you should send out invitations around the beginning of June at the latest. Most of my guests are from out of town, too, but even though I sent out STDs 5 months in advance, I found that none of them made travel arrangements until they got the "real" invitation a month and a half later. Still, since you know that it will be a difficult time, the earlier the better.