Post # 1
My Jamaican destination wedding has been in the works for over a year now and everyone knows about it and hardly anyone can come. I had a bridal shower a few months ago and I can’t remember who or how many, but i know i told a few people that I was NOT doing an at-home-recpetion (AHR).
Well now i have decided i want/need to do one because so many people cannot come who originally said they were 100% coming (story of many of us destination brides lives, right?!).
My wedding is in a month and a half and I can only have the AHR in mid August.
Question is when do I inform/invite guests about this?
I am thinking i will send a message to everyone from our wedding website right before i go to Jamaica to say that there will be an AHR in August, date not yet set, info to come (kinda like an STD). And when i have the details planned out and after I come back from Jamaica, then i will send out the official invites – does this sound okay? How did you go about informing/inviting people?
Post # 3
I think that sounds like a plan. For sure no later than you would send out a normal invite.
Post # 4
I definately think that is the way to go!
Post # 5
thanks! glad you guys approve my plan, lol.
anyone else with suggestions or how you went about this process?
Post # 6
We’re having our Destination Wedding in mid-May, AHR at the end of June. We’ve told people here & there about the AHR. I’m thinking we’ll just keep giving everyone a verbal heads up and send the invites right before we leave for the Destination Wedding ( and request the RSVP by June 1). Just hope I have enough time to figure those out and get them sent…but the AHR will be a casual party so I’m not too worried about it! Hope this helps!
Post # 7
Can you schedule emails to be sent from your website? I think it might be kind of fun to have it sent like an hour after your ceremony in Jamaica (I totally don’t do this to make it look like I’m working way late at work) saying something like… “We just got married and would love to celebrate with you at home on such and such a date”
Or I’d just send it when you get home. I think that’s still plenty of notice if you don’t have a lot of people coming from out of town.
Post # 8
@leeser: what you described is exactly my plan! i already starting telling people when i talk to them about it.
@SapphireSun: i dont know how to schedule emails. and i am too obssessive- compulsive that i would want to verify the email actually got sent, which i don’t think i would do after my ceremony in Jamaica!! but it was a neat idea 🙂
Post # 9
We’ve actually already started telling people about our plans for when we return, mostly when people ask. Since our post wedding celebration will be very casual, the night before we leave for Jamaica, I’ll be sending an email officially telling everyone about our plans.
Post # 10
@keturahrussell: actually thats what i been doing too. when i talk to people, i tell them what i am thinking and for when. but i cant confirm it will happen till we find out if Fiance gets the job we are hoping, which we will know by the we go to Jamaica. and so i also plan to send an official STD email the day i leave to Jamaica. and then mail invites a little bit after i get back.
Post # 11
We are having a destination wedding in Colorado on August 6th & our at home reception will be on August 26th. We sent out save the dates for our wedding a good 7 months out & only sent them to people who are going to the wedding, which will only be immediate family & our wedding party. We’ve been letting people know about our at-home reception verbally, but we’ll also be sending out invitations for it hopefully by the beginning of next month (I’m still working on them!).