Post # 1
I have a few questions:
1.) When is the proper time to send out Save-The-Date Cards for an October 2014 wedding? If approximately 1/2 the guests will require travel to get to the wedding (longest travel time is 16 hours by car, average is 3-4 hours)?
2.) Do I need to put ceremony location on the Save-The-Date Cards so they know it could require travel for them? Or just by word of mouth pass on where it will be since it will not be in our current town.
3.) On invitations (I have a coupon to get a discount on them and want to use it before it expires) if neither set of parents is contributing financially to the wedding, do I still place their names on the invite?
—-example: Mr. & Mrs. John Smith and Mr. & Mrs. Bob Jones announce…..
if they are not paying do I still need to list their names in regards to etiquette
4.) Hand written vs stamped return address on RSVP envelopes
Im getting on this early, so I can order things, and I would prefer to be able to spread things out over time (esp if I hand address all the envelopes not to have permanent writers cramp from addressing them at once)
Post # 3
@kansas_nurse: There is no proper etiquette for save the dates, since they are actually more of a trend (not actually a neccissity, etiquette wise). Also you don’t need to put the venue on the STD…maybe the city location if it’s far away from most guests.
As for invites, humm I don’t think your parents names need to go on the invite if they actually don’t pay for the wedding….
Post # 4
1) No set in stone rule for STD timelines. I’d say if they are going to possibly have to take a flight, I’d send them out 6 months in advance. If it’s just driving, maybe only 4?
2) You only need the city/state on the STD. The point is so out of town guests will know where they will need to travel to. It doesn’t really matter where the ceremony is. They can book a flight to the nearest airport & deal with hotels once your invitation comes.
3) No. If your parents aren’t contributing you don’t need to put their names. It doesn’t mean you CAN’T put their names if you want to, but strictly speaking the invitation comes from the person throwing the party… so if you’re paying your name is the only one that needs to be on it.
4) It is perfectly fine to have printed return RSVP envelopes.
Post # 5
thank you both for the responses. I just wanted to double check my info beforee proceeding….
Post # 6
1. i sent my Save-The-Date Cards out 6 months in advance. they are sent anywhere from 6-12 months in advance.
2. on my Save-The-Date Cards i put the city and state where the wedding will take place. this is pretty standard. details information for time and exact location will go on the invitation.
3. you can do your invitations however you want. typically the first line is the host, but you can say together with their families, or you can that you and the groom are hosting and inviting… see this link for different wording.
4. we ordered out invitations through vistaprint and were able to have our address printed on the fron of the envelopes for the address. if you cannot do this, i would do labels. i think it looks nicer than had written.