Post # 1
I have a great deal on invites that requires us to order them 10-11 months before the wedding. (I’ll wait to send them out.) We have the venue and date set. the venue has a typical ceremony time of 5pm, but I’ve recently considered moving it a bit later just in case it’s really hot on the day of. It’s a destination wedding in a pricey area so invites will go out by January for a July wedding (we still won’t know how hot the big day will be then either).
If we ordered invites without ceremony time printed on them, we could have nice inserts printed up with the time and it’d be on our website and all email communications about the wedding. Our invites are minted minibooks, so all other info will be on book pages, not inserts, except we might list RSVP deadline on an insert because it will vary by guest.
Do you think it’s better to print ceremony time on invite, which requires selecting the time 10 months in advance, or leave the time off of the invitation and wait til 6-7 months out to set the time and print a matching insert to include with invitations when they’re mailed?
[ETA: sorry this is so long. it’s a destination wedding and majority of guests have asked for info/invites way earlier than typical timeline. for whatever reason my circle tends to send/expect even local wedding invites about 3-4 months before wedding. I already bought the invites technically, it was 50% off minted.com, which is somewhat unheard of and sold out very quickly. it requires me to order by 10 months out, no choice. we’re almost done planning everything, so it’s pretty much fine]
Post # 3
I don’t think you will have any new informatino at 6 months that you didn’t have at 10 months, so just pick a time nd put it on the invitation.
Post # 4
I’d be willing to bet you’ll find the same great deal closer to the wedding. I’d hold off on ordering them and setting the time in stone.
Post # 5
- Wedding: May 2014 - Smithfield Center
Since the time is an important aspect of the ceremony itself, I would say either wait and not order the invites or make a decision on the time. I think inserts are a bit silly for invites – at least just to state the time.
Post # 6
I would hold off all together on the ordering (I bet a similar deal will come up, sales typically follow a 3 month cycle).
It is kind of worthless to send invites without all the information on them.
I would also ask you to reconsider your January mailing.
I know you think it will make it easier, but there are probably 10+ threads on just the first few pages where brides have sent out invitations outside of the 6-8 weeks before the event, and then had to track down nearly all the RSVPs cause people loose or forget about the invite. OR people give inaccurate responses because they don’t know their work, financial, other commitment situation 6 months before.
The invitation doesn’t have to be the first that people are hearing of the details though. You could send a STD or actually talk to your guests, or send an email, or a carrier pigeon whatever. It is also not in the best taste to ask your guests to commit too early
Post # 7
@cwedding14: can’t wait to order. I got half off of minted.com (not common at all) that must be ordered before September.
@JenGirl: you’re right, I won’t have any more info about July 2014 weather in January 2014 (when we’ll mail invites) than I have right now. I’ve been watching the temps in the venue area- they vary from highs in the 80s-102, Lows in the 60s. I can just talk with venue event coordinator and our planner to make best plan now.
Post # 8
I’d just pick it and stick with it. For what it’s worth – I’m in May and my ceremony start time is 6pm. I also have ordered my invites and plan on sending them later on (trying to space-out wedding expenses- and this was a big(ish) one). I think once you pick it, you’ll be fine. Just consider if you’re outside or not – if you are you might want to consider the weather. I am outside (in northern NJ) and I know 6pm will be perfect.
Post # 9
PLEASE dont send invites for a july wedding in january… send save-the-dates and include info with a website where they can get any lodging/travel info they will need.
Post # 10
@andielovesj: I can’t hold off on ordering, so we’ll just put all info on the invites. since it’s a destination wedding, the 6-8 week rule won’t work at all. our guests have asked for the invites by 4 months out at the latest because the destination is popular and can get way pricier if plane tix are bought later or if they don’t make it into our room block. Many hotels couldn’t even give us a room block at 14 months out because they were already so full for July 2014.
Save the dates will go out about a year in advance. our invites will go out by mail and also by an email version that links directly to our website where guests can rsvp. we aren’t requiring an uber-early RSVP either (As far as destination weddings go). Several of my guests asked for the deadline to be at least 3-4 months out because they tend to be late rsvping and still want time to get in hotel block and buy less expensive plane tix after I remind them their RSVP is late.
Post # 11
Didn’t see that it was destination, do whatever you think is best then I feel like rules don’t apply then…
Post # 12
@Shkragoldfish: If they have all the information, I don’t see why invitations have to be sent so early. Is that actual invite what they are waiting on to book? Why can’t the book without the actual paper invitation, and not the STD, or the email that you send out?
Post # 13
@andielovesj: I’m not sure, but it seems like there’s not much point in arguing with them? If a good amount of invitation timing is to be polite and considerate to guests and most of my guests want invites at 4-6 months out, even with knowing that the website is already up with all info and that they will get email and save the date soon, etc., then I don’t see the point in arguing or not giving them what they’re asking for when I have all the info and will have invites for them well before then?
I think often ppl might (maybe irrationally) feel that a wedding is not “set enough” for them to make travel and hotel plans until they have the actual invitation?
I understand a lot of bees are very anti-sending invites earlier than 6-8 weeks, but I’m not sure I see the problem given our specific circumstances and our guests’ requests.