Post # 1
I live in Maui and am getting married here next March. We are using (fantastic) vintage Hawaii postcards as our Save-The-Date Cards. Lots of people are coming from the mainland U.S. where I’m from and Europe where Fiance is from, but many guests also live here.
I want to give the out of town guests lots of notice so that they can make hotel and travel arrangements, so I planned on sending the Save-The-Date Cards out by the beginning of May.
My question is, should I send them to the Maui guests at the same time as the out of town guests, or wait a few months? Is May 08 too early to send them out even to the out of towners for March 09 wedding? I put out wedding website on the cards so that people can acces the travel resources we’ve put together.
Mahalo (thank you!) for your help!
Post # 3
Send them to all of your guests at the same time. I have family that is local and if they would have gotten a bit offended if I send them to other people versus them. Also, this way you only have to prepare one set of Save-The-Date Cards versus two seperate mailings.
Post # 4
For Save-The-Date Cards I would say 6 months is plenty of time. Anything sooner and it may be forgotten. It’ll be difficult for people to find any airline deals sooner than 6 months out anyway. Just my 2 cents.
Post # 5
Hi there! I had the same situation (but I’m an Oahu girl)…I sent everything out same time. In part ’cause of what babagrlshell said (don’t wanna offend anyone unintentionally), but also ’cause I feared that some locals might make plans to go to the Mainland when I wanted them to be here!
I sent mine out in Jan ’06 for a May ’07 wedding…which was perhaps not the smartest thing, ’cause a couple uncles/aunties thought it was "this" May, not "next" — good thing they all had kids to point out the year written on the card. So I think you’ll be good w/ your time line.
Yeah, they might not be able to book flights, but in my experience, some of my friends need the time to save the money to afford a trip here, so the year+ advance notice really helped them save up $ and vacation time.