(Closed) can invites serve as save the dates for a small destination wedding?

posted 6 years ago in Paper
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I think so.

Post # 4
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I don’t think so…mostly because sending an invitation 6 months in advance is risky.  People may forget/lose it, and the invitation is basically the reminder from the original save the date. 

Post # 5
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

@hellodahlia:  I’d worry about an invitation going out 6 months before the wedding would get lost.

When would your RSVP deadline be?

If you give someone an invite 6 months in advance and then not require an RSVP until say… 6-8 weeks in advance I can see a lot of them getting misplaced and you having to make a lot of calls to see who is coming.

Also, many people are last minute bookers, so the STD is good for those who book in advance/people whose schedules fill up and a later invitation is a good “kick in the pants” reminder to those who are late in making travel arrangements.

Post # 6
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I agree with the PPs that people might forget to RSVP or make plans that far in adance, especially since it is a destination wedding.

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I’m wondering if maybe you could switch things up and send the invitiation at 6 months, but send a reminder 6-8 weeks before. The reminder could be a postcard or something small that’s a “don’t forget” type of thing. Since your wedding is small and informal, I would think this is acceptable. 

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Yikes – this is why I’m not planning a DW! 😉  Great points by PP’s that I didn’t even consider.

Post # 9
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@Crabbabs:  I actually really like this idea!  It’s very cute!

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Maybe email Save the dates from your website link.  I know I sent email Save the Dates to our friends over seas.   Or super cheap way, postcards!  Zazzle and Vistaprint have good cheap ones or use an Avery form – so easy!

 

And then send the actual invites 3 months out.  Long enough for them to finalize travel plans.  

 

Have Fun – Congrats

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