(Closed) Destination Wedding – When to send invites?

posted 7 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 3
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Sugar bee

For a destination wedding I would send the STD’s as soon as you have confirmed the place and date. People often have to submit holiday requests early.

Invites I’d follow the usual 6-8 weeks ahead of time.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

The earlier the better if you want people to be able to afford to take the time off work to come. A year in advance makes sense. 

Post # 6
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Sugar bee

@cvbee:

Now you have me worried!  I won’t be sending our save the dates out until 10.5 months before the wedding :s

 

Can I ask a spin off question?
If you don’t send out the invites until the standard 1.5-2 months out period, when do you tell people the name of the resort so they can book?  Do you put that info on the STD?

Post # 9
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Sugar bee

In a case where people have to arrange travel I’d put it on the STD and although I am generally anti wedsite, it can be useful for DWs.

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I’d send your Save-The-Date Cards out as soon as you have your venue booked and room block information.

Put that on your wedsite as well, and I would send your invites just a couple of weeks earlier than the standard 6-8 weeks, so you have time to finish up tasks like placecards and favors with time to spare.

Good luck!

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

Double post.  Boo weddingbee.

Post # 13
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Sugar bee

@Miss Lilac:

The Mayan Riviera.

Its pretty inexpensive to get to for my guests and that is one reason why I’m choosing it.  Plus the resort I’ve chosen, Ive been to before and I know the set up and the food quality etc.  Helpful when planning for a place  you can’t really go to before hand.

Aruba or St. Lucia would be amazing!  We are thinking about one or the other possibly for a vacation this October.

 

@andielovesj:

@thewheelsonthebus:

Thank you.  I will put the resort down on the magnet then maybe insert a little pamplet on the hotel complex in the envelope.

I am not doing a block as there are 5 hotels within the resort that are different levels of costs and I want guests to have the freedom to choose. 

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I sent mine out months in advance and asked for RSVP’s a month in advance.  Screw protocol.  People needed to plan.  Our engagement was short, so I thought sending Save-The-Date Cards and then a month later sending invites was wasteful and would even confuse many of our guests as to why they were invited twice.  (Where I’m from Save-The-Date Cards aren’t “done”.)  Many of my vendors needed final counts by 3 weeks prior, so I had 1 week to pin down the non-RSVPers.

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I would say if you can spread the word that you are doing a Destination Wedding, this will at least give people the heads up. 

For most Destination Wedding weddings (of the all inclusive variety) you will be required to have a minimum number of people book before you can secure that rate. It’s really just like any other large group vacation, 10 people constitutes a group so you will need 10 people or 5 couples to book to make sure your discount is locked in. I haven’t done this myself but this is how it was last year when I was trying to book a large group vacation. 

A wedding website is probably the best place to put all the booking information. 

Post # 16
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@Oneeleven: Be careful with having your guests stay at other resorts. Most resorts (if not all) require that a minimum of 80% of your guests are staying at the resort where your wedding is taking place. If not they cancel the wedding. Obviously if you’re doing the wedding off the resort this doesn’t matter. 

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