(Closed) ok….what is the "normal" process

posted 6 years ago in Destination Weddings
Post # 3
3357 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

are you sure you want to be planning the Destination Wedding as well as the at-home party at the same time? I would think you want to have a little break in between? Then you can send out two separate invites, one for the wedding itself and then a couple months after that the at-home invites?

I have no idea. These are just my thoughts. I had my at-home reception almost six months after my Destination Wedding.

Post # 5
3357 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@Rehema:  yeah my at-home reception was a cocktail reception too 🙂 it was a great party lol

I didn’t do invites for my Destination Wedding. It was word by mouth only because I had a tiny guest list.

Post # 6
5242 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

@Rehema:  We sent out our destination invites by email with the details and prices for the trip about a year in advance. We then sent out seperate invites for out at home ceremony and will then send a formal invite to those that are confirmed to come on the destination

Post # 7
1920 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

Here’s how we did it:

We didn’t do any save the dates, only spread the message that we were having a Destination Wedding through word of mouth, so everyone we were planning to invite knew before the invite came out.

We got married in March 2012. Our invites to our Destination Wedding were sent out July 2011. Very early, but in order to get the early booking bonus, deposit had to be made by October. So 3 months in advance of the booking bonus.

We then sent our separate invitations for our AHR which was in April. We sent those out in January. Again, a little early but we needed all our RSVPs before we left for the wedding because we only had 6 days from the time we returned from our honeymoon to the AHR.

Hope that helps!


Post # 8
643 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

We got a great travel agent who set up packages from all the cities our guests would potentially be coming from. Then we set up a wedding website with all the details and sent out invitations with the wedding website URL 10 months in advance. There were deadlines for the packages our travel agent set up so that really helped with the “oh maybe I’ll come” typees. We took a ‘put your money where your mouth is’ policy and said that we only considered those who have put down a deposit for their trip to have RSVP’d (we heard a lot of DWs have a good deal of problems with guests backing out because they didn’t save/book properly in advance).

ETA: As I said, our travel agent has been amazing and I noticed you’re from Canada too. She’s in Calgary and, even though I haven’t actually met her, she has seriously been the bestest ever! If you want her info, message me.

Post # 9
8682 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

We sent out save the dates with our wedding website adress on them. We just put all the information about hotels, travel, visa requirements etc on there. We sent STD’s a year prior to the wedding but let everyone know that it was going to be a Destination Wedding when we got engaged.

Post # 11
369 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

We’re getting married in September and just sent our Save-The-Date Cards. It was printed with wedding info on front, on the back was a label that stated the dates and locations to ALL of the events as well as our website. We’ll send out formal invites in January. We’ll do simple invitations for each of our other receptions… Lol this all sounds confusing since we’re having so many events.

Post # 12
1022 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I plan on diong Save-The-Date Cards for those that are invited to the actual Destination Wedding, with the details and who they need to cotnact to get everything booked. then an actual invite for the Destination Wedding later, and then the invite to the AHR for every one.

the STD will go out about 12-16 months ahead, just depending. the actual invite will go out 6 months ahead (for the DW), the invite to the AHR willg o out standard timing for wedding invites. so 6-8 weeks ahead. as our AHR will be within a few weeks of returning as well. we are doing cocktails and a dance


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