(Closed) How early would you want to receive an invite to a Destination Wedding?

posted 5 years ago in Destination Weddings
  • poll: How soon would you want to receive the actual destination wedding INVITATION? (not STD)
    5 months: I'm a planner, I prefer advance notice for travel & I want a confirmed invitation : (71 votes)
    70 %
    4 months: I'd like this much time to consider travel, even if I need a few weeks to RSVP : (18 votes)
    18 %
    3 months: It's the soonest I could know my sched/request off work if needed, etc. : (11 votes)
    11 %
    2 months: It's the earliest I could actually commit to attending : (2 votes)
    2 %
  • Post # 3
    Member
    733 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    Honestly, if it takes that long to drive or fly there I’d asy more than 5 months…

    Post # 4
    Member
    226 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    I’m having a Caribbean island destination wedding and 1/2 of my guest list is flying in. Im sening Save-The-Date Cards 8-6 months before the wedding, then sending formal invites 2-3 months before. You can find fairly cheap Save-The-Date Cards online. Hope this helps!

    Post # 5
    Member
    1239 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: March 2013

    I would send out save the dates as early as possible and follow up with invites 9 months out, it is a lot of planning.  We sent our Save-The-Date Cards 12 months out, and Invites 8 months out for a Destination Wedding.

    Post # 6
    Member
    1406 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 2011

    I think the earlier for the invites the better…..although don’t make your RSVP date months in advance.  It’s hard for a lot of people to plan that far in advance (my Darling Husband for example) but if at least they know something is going on for that timeframe, they can “pencil” it in on their calendar.  

    Plus a lot can happen between getting a STD/invite to a wedding 6 months out….DH’s Boyfriend or Best Friend couldn’t come to our Destination Wedding b/c his wife got pregnant 5 months before our wedding.  He had pretty much told us that he’d be there (he was gonna be the best man) but by the time they found out (when our invites went out) he changed his mind….which we completely understood.

    Post # 7
    Hostess
    7561 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: January 2013

    Since you’re sending out save-the-dates, I think 3 months out is fine. 

    Post # 8
    Member
    3238 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    I’d like at least 6 months, actually. The physical invitation isn’t as important as your informing me that I’m invited in enough advance that I can start making plans.   A save the date or even a heartfelt phone call is enough to get me planning and requesting vacay.

    Post # 9
    Member
    252 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    I did the same as @Imean: .  I am also having a Caribbean destination wedding and sent Save-The-Date Cards out 8 months out and will be sending my invites out this month.  People have to put in for time off work and stuff and plan.  It’s a good thing, earlier the better

    Post # 10
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    31 posts
    Newbee
    • Wedding: December 2012

    I voted for 5 months. An additional option would be to do “save the dates” 8-12 months in advance. Perhaps this would give your guests more time to save up and plan 🙂

    @nyota256, I’m having a caribbean destination wedding, too!

    Post # 11
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    12953 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    I’m in a similar situation as you – the wedding is where I live, and all my guests (my family and FILs) will be flying in.  I sent my Save-The-Date Cards in June for a March wedding, and I will be sending my invitations in mid-January (2 months early).  Most of my guests have already booked the hotel and fligths off of the information with the STD, so there’s no need to send an invitation 5 months early.

    Post # 12
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    1963 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: January 2013

    I did STds 10 months out, invites 4 months out. I found it helpful to send the invites around then as it kicked some butts into gear for booking their trips before all the good flights etc are gone.

    Post # 13
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    2385 posts
    Buzzing bee

    I’d send out invites approximately 5-6 months in advance. 

    Post # 14
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    853 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    I am not a fan of Save-The-Date Cards – but in this case, I think it’s necessary! I’m a planner as well and I wouldn’t book a last-minute Destination Wedding. I would need at least 6 months, especially to see if I could arrange the time around my job (I’m a teacher and just about never take off additional time aside from our vacations).

    Post # 15
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    369 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    I am getting married In Mexico. I am sending out std 10 Month in advance. Just because so many of my friends are getting married and I like to give everyone enough time to save up.

    Post # 16
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    214 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: March 2014

    I would say 5 months at the very minimum. Depending on your location and the time of year people really need to book things like flights and hotels early on to get the best rates. I am planning to send out my destination wedding save the dates about 1 year out and invitations about 8-9 months out. 

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