Post # 1
I’m just looking for a few opinions on my “Save the Date, well really Week” invitations before I order all of them.
In short, I’m having a destination cruise wedding at sea in June 2014. I’d like to send these out as soon as possible to allow anyone who needs/wants to go/plan/save the ability to do so.
After reading several blogs, I’ve read that there’s a lot of contension when it comes to the whole elope then wedding thing, and I can appreciate that some may have hurt feelings just seeing a “redo”. Thus, the reason why I wrote my “Save the Week” the way I did “celebrate our marriage”.
I’m trying to keep everyone on the level with the facts because I know it’s a lot of money and time to come out and celebrate with us.
Our private civil ceremony is either going to be just us and two random witness OR us and our parents and siblings with a lunch/dinner afterwards. We plan on getting married at the beginning of June right before we get on the cruise ship. On the cruise ship, we’re doing a symbolic ceremony with ring exchange, reception, and cake.
Thanks in Advance,
P.S. On the formal invitations: I plan on wording it “solidify our vows”, “vow renewal” or something like that.
Just in case anyone is wondering:
- We are doing the legal wedding stateside not only because its cheaper, but because I’d rather not have to wade through another country’s legal system to get extra copies of my marriage license.
- We currently have no intentions of having a stateside reception thereafter. Too many people, too many personalities, and Version 1.0 of the Wedding turned into a Circus to say the least — “You gotta invite the person who you haven’t seen or spoke to in 20 years who changed your diaper once when you were 6 months old.”
- We’re not registering for gifts. Honestly, we don’t care about them. This will be his second wedding, and it will be my first. We considered doing the private civil ceremony (JOP) and stopping. After all, we will have been together for going on 5 years. But I didn’t want to regret in 20 years not having a white wedding surrounded by friends and family.
Post # 3
Personally, I love your wording as is.All of the reasons you have listed as to why the symbolic ceremony….actually would still make me feel honored that you thought to invite me. I say order.
Post # 4
@gemchick82: In short, I’m having a destination cruise wedding at sea in June 2014. I’d like to send these out as soon as possible to allow anyone who needs/wants to go/plan/save the ability to do so.
Do you already have the cruise dates booked?
Post # 6
@sienna76: Yes, cruise and symbolic ceremony are all booked. Just waiting for flights and hotels to open up.
Post # 7
@gemchick82: Ah, just checking!
Since it’s so soon after your legal wedding, I think the symbolic wedding phrasing is best (rather than vow renewal).
Have you considered making a free wedding website? That way you can go into all the details about the ports where you’ll be stopping, the cermeony/reception details, etc. Because if I were going to spend a week on a cruise, I’d need as much up front details as possible before thinking of going. I used mywedding.com for free.
Post # 8
@sienna76: Thanks. I’m not sure I want to be a webmaster; but, that is something to consider. I’m more old school when it comes to the personalization of information and not wanting everything to end up on social media websites. That being said, I’m struggling with trying not turn the formal invitation into a travel brochure.
Post # 9
@gemchick82: With Mywedding.com you can add a password and user name so it cannot be pasted all over the place. No HTML skills are needed.
Making an invitation travel brochure seems creative, however, invitations usually go out 8-12 weeks prior to the wedding day (even with a DW) and people probably need to know that information way before then to assess whether or not they want to go and to book their flights/cruise, etc.
If you want to mail your invitation travel brochure out way in advance, it have to be before they would need to be timed with when they need to book their flights. On the other hand, sending them way to early, the problem is people let them slide or they forget, etc.
Post # 10
I,m getting maried in port before my ship departs for the bahamas I’ve thought of just sneeking off to get married in our home town and then having a symbolic wedding afterwords with everyone not knowing were already married but I really like your Idea. I will have to ponder on doing it for myself but I hope it works out wonderfully for you.