Post # 1
We all know that a destination wedding requires sacrifice and money from all involved.
That being said… How much notice did you give guests?
We aren’t even officially engaged yet (although in my opinion we might as well be), but we are already talking wedding. I figured our wedding will be at least a year and a half maybe even two years from now, and I figured that will give us all plenty of time to plan and save.
Post # 3
We are giving our guest a year and a half notice. If you know that far in advance then I think the sooner the better.
Post # 4
We’ve spread the news to our families and will hopefully officially set our date/book venues next week so we can start working on Save-The-Date Cards. That said, we’re planning for December, so our Save-The-Date Cards will likely go out 6-8 months before the wedding. We’re not having the wedding out of the country or anything, but I consider it a destination wedding of sorts because ALL guests will have to travel – we’re having it in the town where we live, and both our families are spread all over the country.
Post # 5
We sent our save the dates out about 10 months out, but we started telling people as soon as we picked our date which was more than a year in advance.
Post # 6
We’re getting married in May. We sent out save the dates 12 months out. I built a wedding wedding website and included that with all the travel info also. Over the last 12 months, I also sent out informative emails to get everyone excited. We just sent out formal invitations March 1st.
Post # 7
We’ve given verbal notice, but our Save-The-Date Cards will go out once our venue is confirmed this summer which will give them a year’s notice at that point.
Post # 8
We are sending out our STD’s 1 year out, but we have been spreading the word as soon as we nailed down a venue (~1.5 years out).
Post # 9
Our engagement lasted 15 months, but we didn’t start planning until 11 months out. It took us about three months to settle on the venue, which then determined the date. As soon as we had a date, I sent an email STD message to all of our friends and family. So it was about 9 months in advance.
However, ours was a semi-DW (a 2-3 hour drive for most guests). While they had to stay overnight, they did not have to save up for airfare or take extended vacation time. I do think that makes a difference; for an overseas destination, I would want a year to plan.
Post # 10
We originally planned to send out our Save-The-Date Cards 1 year ahead but the process took much longer than we had anticipated so our Save-The-Date Cards went out 10 months before. Most guests had already heard that our wedding was destination anyways.
Post # 11
We had a small guest list (12) so we verbally informed people about six months ahead. Actually, we ran it by people first, to see if there were major objections or conflicts, then confirmed with everyone. We paid for anyone unable to pay for themselves, so luckily finances weren’ an issue for our guests.
Post # 12
As soon as we got engaged which was about 14 months ahead of time. Everyone pretty much already knew or assumed we’d get married where we are though.
Post # 13
As soon as we booked our venue we let it spread word-of-mouth (about 1.5 years out). STDs were mailed at the 10 month mark.
Post # 14
We sent out our Save-The-Date Cards in mid February, our wedding in late Sept. So 6 1/2 months notice.
We told people via word of mouth as soon as the venue was booked (~1 yr out) but no one started making travel plans until the Save-The-Date Cards went out.
Post # 15
We gave over a year, but as we learned, it really doesn’t matter. Most people don’t know their immediate plans until 1-6 months before the wedding. We are 2 months away and half the guests aren’t sure yet about their work/family/details.
Post # 16
Our Destination Wedding is in December and we just decided to do it, so if we told everyone by the end of next week, they would have about 9 months notice.