Post # 1
Hi all! So I’m unsure if this question has been asked before, so sorry if I’m asking it again but:
I have the unfortunate situation where my ENTIRE guest list, outside of my parents and siblings, will be from out of town for my wedding. Out of everyone we’re inviting, the closest person is four hours away (there are 200 people being invited). So I’m wondering, when should I send save the dates? Some people are encouraging a year before the date, others think that’s too early. Is there such a thing as too early? Has anyone had this situation before?
(P.S. – the furthest person is from Seattle, and the wedding will be in Upstate New York.)
Post # 2
We also had a guest list with primarily out of town guests traveling from all over the country. We sent out our save-the-dates 6 months in advance. We had about a 50% decline rate but were fine with that since we wanted a smaller wedding anyway.
Post # 3
Okay 🙂 My previous plan was 8 months before the date. That seems more reasonable.
Post # 4
I am invited to an overseas wedding and got an invitation about 6 months before. I thought that was a good amount of time. It’s not ridiculously early but it’s a good amount of time to plan a significant trip. We also knew it would be happening even earlier, but we didn’t book until we got the invite.
Post # 5
- Wedding: September 2017 - Pearson Convention Centre
We only sent out save the dates for our out of town guests and we sent them out eight months before our wedding.
Post # 6
Mine were sent out about 8.5 months early, but mine was going to be in another country and required guests to plan and get passports.
Post # 7
We did ours 10 months in advance! Although more than half our guestlist (that were invited) were overseas, and no one was local to the area where the wedding was. It seemed like a good time frame for us.
Post # 8
I have a VERY similar situation. I wanted to get my STDs out early to give people plenty of notice to book travel arrangements. I sent them out 10 months in advance, and almost NO ONE booked anything, lol. Now, 3 months before the wedding, I’m seeing a few more people book rooms in our hotel block, but still the vast majority haven’t booked anything. Like it or not, most people won’t book anything until they get the actual invitation.
Post # 9
We sent them out 10 months in advance just so people would, well, save the date.
Post # 10
We were in a similar situation and sent them out 8 months in advance.
Post # 11
I do literally everything early and mine went out 8.5 months in advance, but ony a few of our guests live out of state. Most are 1.5-2 hours away.
Post # 12
I think nine months is considered about average for destination weddings. I know technically (I’m assuming) this is more of a hometown wedding, but that should help given your situation.
Post # 13
We’re in the same situation, and we sent our save the dates 8 months in advance. I think 1 year is way too early – people may forget or throw them out. We just started telling people we’re close with as soon as we set the date, including folks from the west coast and abroad.
Post # 14
We’ve let the people who need to travel overseas know well in advance. Like a year. But we’ll send the official cards 6 months prior.
Post # 15
Me and Fiance are form different countries so wherever we got married, 50% of people needed to fly. We sent out STDs 12+ months in advance because it was important to us that as many people as possible could make it. No one has ever said to us “man, I had way too much notice about your wedding!”