Post # 17
i would actually skip the engagement annoucements and just send save the dates out around 10-12 months. maybe send the formal invitations out around 4-5 months.
i think you risk people forgetting about the wedding if you send the invites out 10 months in advance. this way, you give them two “reminders” to book—one being 4-5 months out. i’ve never booked a vacation (including my honeymoon..we booked at 4.5 months) more than 4-5 months out, even though i may have been ‘saving” for it for awhile. a lot of things could change for people in those 10 months, so i really really doubt that anyone will book that early.
Post # 18
We are getting married in Scotland in September, and we let people know about a year in advance so that people would have time to save up. I read somewhere that for Destination Wedding it’s okay to send invitations really early. And since our wedding will be somewhat informal, we called everyone to let them know we were going to do Scotland, and then we sent out invitation cards from Walmart that we filled out and then sent a letter with those invitations with more details. For RSVPing, people can just call or RSVP through the wedding website which is constantly updated for the guests to look at.
Post # 19
I’m getting married in Hawaii. It’s kind of a destination wedding insomuch as I currently live elsewhere and most of our guests are out of state. But I grew up there and my parents still live there. So it’s my home, but also a destination.
I sent out my save the dates about 10 months before the wedding. I didn’t want to send them out more than a year in advance because I was afraid someone would misread the date and think it was this year. I just sent a postcard with my wedding info on it. Super simple and inexpensive. It’s nice to let your family members know the date and location so far in advance so they have time to figure out if they can go or not and then have time to book the flights/hotels, etc.
Post # 20
I sent out my officially STDs 1 year before and am sending out the invites 5 months before.
Post # 21
im right with you on this one….we are getting married march 2012 so 10 months away and i just sent out my invites, i was thinking of doing a save the date first but since its already under one yr i didnt want to send save the date and then 4 months later send an invite….. since i already knew all my info on where the wedding is going to be travel info and price i figured i might as well just go right for the invite! i think people would rather know sooner the better,,, and if your resort is very popular they book up very fast and i wanted to make sure that everyone who wants to come will be able to get a room on the resort.. i spoke with one bride who is getting married at the end of may and she told me that in January the resort was full and she still had guests to book so they have to stay at another resort next door and get a day pass for the wedding!! im scared of that… she told me she sent her invites out 6 months prior…. also i got an early booking bonus with my agent and i didnt want to miss out on the great rate she gave… its only good for another 90 days so until august (for guests to put their deposits) so i didnt want to loose that either,,, i also figured guests who are close to you should already know if their going or not and will have no problem seeing an invite so early/ putting down their deposits already!! hope these puts you at ease!! im in the same boat! ive actually already had 20 ppl put their deposits down and another 6 that have rsvp’d and yet to call the agent!!
Post # 22
I think you are doing the right thing by sending the information early. In this economy people need advanced notice to save/plan that additional expense to attend the wedding. I’m getting married in Vegas on 9/10/11 and I sent my invitations out in March.