(Closed) How Much Notice Did You Give Guests?

posted 8 years ago in Destination Weddings
  • poll: How Much Notice Did You Give Guests?
    over 1.5 years : (6 votes)
    13 %
    1 year - 1.5 years : (10 votes)
    21 %
    6 months - 1 year : (27 votes)
    57 %
    less then 6 months : (4 votes)
    9 %
  • Post # 3
    1920 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: March 2012

    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
    3378 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: December 2011

    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
    606 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    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
    180 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    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
    199 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    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
    743 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    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
    1166 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: December 2010

    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
    11 posts
    • Wedding: August 2011

    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
    241 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: January 2011

    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
    3176 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    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
    642 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    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
    8738 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2011

    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
    188 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    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
    19 posts
    • Wedding: October 2011

    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.

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