Post # 1
It’s summer…a couple months to get everything done for our wedding next June. So that means I need to get these STD’s designed.
Our wedding will be at an Inn. In total we will have approx 46 guests including ourselves. The Inn will lodge 24 of our guests including ourselves and will be offered to bridal party, older guests, and guests who are traveling. Most of the guests are in town.
Anyway, we want to make sure our bridal party/those who will be invited to stay at the Inn know that the invite will be for the rehearsal dinner (friday) wedding stuff (sat) and brunch on (sun) and includes a 2 night stay.
Should any of this be included in the STD? Should we be asking folks to STDates meaning save all the dates of the weekend wedding?
Should there be a separate STD for guests just invited to the day of wedding?
Post # 3
Any help is so greatly appreciated. I would actually want to start working on these asap if I get some feedback 🙂
Post # 4
I would personally do two STD’s. One for the “weekend” guests and one for the “wedding only” guests. However, I would make the Inn information available to all guests (if possible/there’s enough room) for the night of the wedding. I attend some weddings in my hometown and still opt to stay the night many times so my FI/I don’t have to worry about driving and/or can party longer with some friends we don’t get to see as often.
Also, unless you are paying (and want to clarify that on the STD), I would make sure you just provide the info on the STD’s…not say people HAVE to stay the night Friday and Saturday.
Sounds like your wedding weekend will be a blast!!
Post # 5
@MadTownGirl: Yes this is helpful! To clarify, yes we are paying. However the Inn will only hold 24 of our guests max. So unfortunately we cannot have everyone stay.
Because of the paying for the Inn to be rented out the whole weekend we do want those who are invited to stay at the Inn to know the invite will be for the entire weekend.
Doing a second STD is no prob! Thanks for the input.
Any suggestions on how to word a weekend STD, would we include rehearsal dinner, day of wedding stuff, and day after brunch? Just ask to save the three days of the wedding with no details?
Post # 6
I’m still not 100% on how this can be accomplished. Any more ideas??!!
Again, we’re paying to rent out the entire Inn which can hold 24 of our 46 guests MAX. Most guests are not traveling. All OOT guests, bridal party, and parents are going to be given rooms for free.
We need help in figuring out how to word the STD to ensure our guests who are being invited to stay at the Inn know we plan to have them stay the whole weekend (fri, sat, and leave sunday).
Wording advice? Layout advice?
I realize the concept is a bit confusing which is why we’re having such a hard time deciding what will help our guests to understand what we’re offering and not confuse everyone about whether they’re going to have a room reserved or not.
Thanks again…I hope to print these out tomorrow so any input would be greatly appreciated!!!
Post # 7
@icetea: Hi lady, I’m back! I’m an event (seminar) planner in the career world so I’m all about laying things out from the get-go to avoid confusion. However, it’s also common to wait until closer to the wedding to do a rehearsal dinner invite, as well as the wedding invitations, with specific details.
So for wording for the weekend-long guests, I would do something along the lines of:
Save the Dates!
Miss icetea & Mr. icetea are getting married!
You are invited to an inclusive weekend of wedding filled activities @ Location!
Friday Night – Rehearsal & Dinner
Saturday – Wedding
Sunday Morning – Brunch
(smaller font size) Accomodations: Miss icetea & Mr. icetea are renting out Location for their guests to stay Friday & Saturday nights.
We hope you can join us for the entire weekend filled of love, laughter and marriage!
You may still get some questions on if they will need to pay for the rooms, etc., but when you send out actual invitations you can specify a lot more details. This at least tells them which days/time of days to save.
Just my two cents! Take as you will! 🙂
Post # 8
@MadTownGirl: Oh this is soo helpful!!! Needless to say I didn’t get my STD’s done yet lol. I just saw this post so now I think I have a good foundation to start with. THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!
So, since you mentioned it, any suggestions on how we would be more specific once we get to the invitation?
I really do appreciate your help! It has been so hard explainig our plans on the Bee so the fact that you get our concept/situation really makes me glad you posted back!!
Post # 9
I think you should do one STD, but include a typed letter to those who you want staying and inclose it in with it. We did something similiar where we inclosed the hotel info in with the STD for those we knew were traveling far so they knew there was rooms saved for them. Just an idea!
Post # 10
@MrsMSmith: That is a great idea! Then we could be pretty specific about what’s being provided.