Post # 1
I don’t know how to classify our wedding. We are from CA. Our wedding will be in Foresthill CA. We are currently living in NY while my Fiance earns his MBA and we will be finished here in June 2013…we do not know where we will be moving to because it is all dependent upon his job offer upon graduation. The majority of our family does live in CA both Southern and Northern, but our venue is still about 2 hours from our closest relatives. I also have family in Oregon, Alaska, and my Maid/Matron of Honor is in Alabama. I don’t know how to classify my wedding because it isn’t local, but it isn’t really your “typical” destination wedding although it is about an hour from Lake Tahoe which is sometimes classified as a Destination Wedding spot. So help me out here…all of our family and closest friends are aware of the venue location etc. I don’t know whether to send out STD’s out earlier than normal, or the normal 6 months prior. Our engagement pictures are not until February because that’s the only time Fiance and I will be together in CA and have time to do them, therefore we won’t get our photos back till March then we can send the STD’s out…but is that too late? I always wanted to use our E-pics in our STD’s but if I need to send them out earlier should I just suck it up and send a non-photo STD…I am so torn. Any advice would be greatly appreciated! 🙂
Post # 4
If you haven’t already picked a photographer, can you do just your engagement photos in NY so that the Save-The-Date Cards can go out earlier? From what you described, it sounds like a destination wedding to me, as your closest relatives to the venue live 2 hours away. There aren’t a ton of hotels up in the Foresthill area and with all of your guests coming in from a decent distance, I would suggest giving them plenty of time to find flights, rental cars, and hotels. Maybe think about starting a wedding website filled with travel information too. Good luck!
Post # 5
I had a semi distination as well. Family from Ontario, Canada and NJ. We got married in California. We sent Save-The-Date Cards out early so people could plan for the costs associated with coming.
You don’t have to have a photo on your Save The Date. We didn’t since we didn’t have engagement pics done by then.
Post # 6
We didn’t have our photos on our Save-The-Date Cards either. I would rather do that than take epix with a photographer other than the one that’s doing your wedding. I learned, unfortunately, that the epix are a great way to do a trial run with your photographer and figure out if this is a person you really want documenting your wedding day. I think 6 months is fine as long as you are not having a wedding in high season in a tourist-y area (e.g. Hawaii in August).
FWIW, we’ve driven 2+ hours and driven home the same night so for us, while it wouldn’t be “local”, we wouldn’t consider it Destination Wedding either.
Post # 7
@CAWeddingPlanner: I already have a wedding photographer so we will be having her do our engagement pics, and the only time we can do them is Feb when we are back in CA. And I also have had a wedding website up for almost a year with hotel information etc. Our family and close friends are well aware of our wedding date and there is still just over a year left until our date.
@thursdayschild: I know I don’t HAVE to have our photo on our STD, but i would really like to be able to use them for that.
@lilbluebird: Right, we had our good friend take some in october, but we decided we want to get to know our photograper more before the big day so we are doing a second engagement shoot with her in order to do that.
My Fiance thinks that sending them out 6 months ahead is still plenty of time since our whole family knows the date, and the majority of our close friends know. I am hoping that enough people have looked at our wedding website, and word of mouth have made people somewhat aware of our wedding date. I just feel like if we send a save the date out too early, people are still going to forget about it so in that case I feel like well we might as well just send them out 6 months ahead and be able to use our e-pics like we would like to do do it that way and hope for the best.