Post # 1
Hi everyone! My fiancé and I are getting married on August 29, 2015 in Portland, Maine. He’s from Maine, but I grew up in California so about half of our guest list would have to travel from CA to ME for the wedding.
How much advance notice would you want to be able to make the trip? I’m trying to plan out when to send save the dates and invites. Typically Save-The-Date Cards are sent 6-8 months prior to the wedding, so I’m thinking of sending them in January to give guests 8+ months to plan. Is that early enough? When did you (or will you) send your Save-The-Date Cards and invites out?
Thanks in advance!
Post # 2
I think January sounds about right. The more notice, the better, imo, for a cross country trip.
Post # 3
I sent mine a little less than a year since 95% of the guests and ourselves are traveling to the wedding site.
Post # 4
When a friend got married in Nor Cal, we got our invite about 3 months before the wedding. <br /><br />For me, it was easy to request a day off last minute but I can see how this would be a problem for those who work in a corporate setting (like i do now).<br /><br />I think no less then 6 months notice would be nice. Maybe only send the first batch of save the dates those out of towners first?
Post # 5
Save-The-Date Cards in January sounds perfect!
Post # 6
As soon as you can especially for those traveling. I think at least 6 months, but 8 months, is much better!
Post # 7
If I had to fly, I’d prefer a year, if possible. I’m assuming that most guests would want to spend more than a weekend there, so would have to schedule to take off work. Also, I would think CA to ME travel would be costly, so guests would have to save-up.
My daughter’s StD were mailed 10 months before their weddings (only a few guests had to fly) and the website was on the StD (the websites had room block and travel information).
Post # 8
spiffanee: I would send them out as soon as possible. If I were a guest travelling for a wedding I would wan to know as soon as possible.
Post # 9
12 months minimum. I would especially want to know before xmas and new years so I don’t blow the budget on presents and to take advantage of holiday sales on websites like expedia.
Post # 10
If I have to fly there, I would like at least 6-8 months notice. I don’t need a year.
Post # 11
We are in the process of bidding for next year’s vacation right now. Vacation is granted by seniority and ony 2 people can be off at a time.
The amount of notice people will need is directly related to their ability to get vacation.
Post # 12
Thanks for all the input. I thought that sending them out in November would be too early (is there such a thing?), and December they might get lost in the shuffle of holiday cards etc, so that’s why I was leaning towards January. Unfortunately it would be impossible for me to plan for each person’s ability to get vacation time.
Maybe I’ll do November for out of town guests and a little later for locals.
Post # 13
spiffanee: I’m sending all of mine out in November for a September 2015 wedding. 10 months seems like a perfect amount of time, that way they can check out all the information on our wedding site and plan way ahead, if needed.
Post # 14
spiffanee: The earlier the better. That’s a big trip, and probably expensive for most people. Depending on your guest list, not only will many need to plan for the time off, but I’m sure many will need to plan for the cost as well.
Post # 15
The earlier the better!!! Our wedding is May 01, 2015 in Dominican Republic. 300 STD’s went out 10/01/2013 invitations went out July 15th of this year. We are closing booking on Dec 01 of this year.