Post # 1
I’m really torn about what to do regarding our destination wedding save the dates and invitations. We are doing a small destination wedding with family and close family friends in Hilton Head, SC – approx 35-40 ppl. We are also having a big reception the weekend following in our hometown of Columbus, OH – approx 250 ppl. What is the appropriate channel for sending out announcements?
Here’s what I’m thinking…
Send an email STD 6-8 months before our Aug. 12th ceremony in Hilton Head to our family and close friends that will be invited to join us for the destination and follow up with personal phone calls, which means we will be doing this NOW. 🙂
Send a more formal invitation in the mail approx 2 months before our Aug 21st reception in our hometown to the 250 guests and let them know our plans to get married in Hilton Head and invite them to celebrate with us upon our return.
By the way, we want to keep our wedding very simple and informal but we do want to make sure we don’t offend anybody along the way… Please give me advice, ideas, feedback, etc.
Post # 3
I think you got cut off…..
Post # 4
Ahhh… I did get cut off! I’m new to this and starting to get overwhelmed. 🙁
Post # 5
@bbell: sounds perfect to me actually :D.. the only thing I didn’t notice is when you send out the formal invites to your guests attending the Hilton Head ceremony… I think those should go about 6-8 weeks before your ceremony.
Post # 6
That’s a great idea and something I hadn’t really thought about. That would be a nice touch to send a formal invite to those that will be invited to join us in Hilton Head. Thank you for validating my ideas for this! 🙂
Post # 8
What a lot of people do is send out STD’s (I’m sending mine 10-12 months in advance because my wedding is in Spain) and then depending on rsvp’s possibly send out a reminder postcard which is easy to make at vistaprint.com I would send the invites for the reception about 6 weeks in advance.
Post # 9
I’m going to agree with Crebre and say that I think you should also send an invitation for those invited to the intimate ceremony (even those who say they will not be attending).
Post # 10
- Wedding: May 2018 - Coyaba Resort, Montego Bay
I like your plan! 🙂 & I really like the way that Mrs. Mary Jane worded their announcements. It will depend on when your home reception is – if it is a couple of months after the wedding, wording like this would work : http://www.weddingbee.com/2009/10/02/our-announcement-design-a-compromise/
I can’t remember what ours said, but is was something to the effect of “Come celebrate our marriage” or something equally creative like that 😉
Post # 11
- Wedding: April 2010 - Wyndham Sugar Bay Resort, St. Thomas
We sent out our Save-The-Date Cards around 8 months before the wedding and the formal invites 6 months before, just to give everyone time to save and plan. By the time we sent out the invites though, most of our guests had actually booked their trips, so the invites were more of a formality. I know we didn’t really follow the proper timeline, but it worked well for us. Good luck!!
Post # 12
Whew!! I’m starting to feel much better. Thanks for all your feedback and support. Keep it coming!! 🙂