(Closed) Too early to send save the dates?

posted 5 years ago in Destination Weddings
Post # 2
1510 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2018

It’s too early. Send them 1 year ahead of time and that will give everyone PLENTY of time to make travel arrangements.

Post # 3
3383 posts
Sugar bee

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vickirut :  generally STDs are sent out 6-8 months prior to the wedding; however, in your situation, I agree that 6-8 months isn’t enough notice. Having said that, sending them this spring is too early. As PP suggested, I would send them out in July of this year. 

ETA: when you do send them, I might add an insert urging guests to book ASAP for the reasons noted in your OP. 

Post # 4
2979 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

Over 1 year is insanely early. No one is going to book anything that early (or very few). You might also confuse people who think its for July of THIS year if they dont read it well enough.

We sent our STDs in dec, told all immediate family about it much prior, and my Future Mother-In-Law texted today to tell us she booked her hotel. Assuming these people are adults, they are able to figure out accomodations on their own.

Post # 5
4766 posts
Honey bee

Definitely too early no matter what (most destination weddings require booking accommodations early and people get along just fine a year out).

Also, do they even allow booking that early?  Most hotels in my part of the country don’t take reservations more than a year out.  They don’t know their rates that early (most chains re-evaluate their rates at least once a year) and their reservation software is usually limited to a year out.  Just browsing on websites right now, Sheraton actually lets me book out to the second week of August 2018 right now, but Holiday Inn is only taking reservations through January 17, 2018.  Marriott is only accepting bookings through January 20, 2018 right now. 

Your best insurance in making sure there are enough rooms is setting up hotel blocks, not getting your Save the Dates out 18 months in advance.

Post # 6
358 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2018

I’d say given the travel aspect, 10-11 months. Ours isn’t a Destination Wedding but it’s a holiday weekend so we’re planning about 10 months beforehand. Seconding PP who said you maybe can’t book over a year ahead – I called hotels to block rooms and they said they couldn’t do it until a year beforehand. 

Post # 7
468 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2017

Agree with PP. I think 12 months is the absolute earliest. I would never think about starting to make travel plans any earlier than 12 months out (even that is still early). I think 8-12 months out for save the dates is perfect!

Post # 9
6345 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2016

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vickirut :  Wait, if you’re inviting 150 guests but only have 32 rooms (and there is no other hotel option) how is this going to work? Or are you expecting a massive decline rate?

Post # 10
6152 posts
Bee Keeper

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vickirut :  I don’t know, I like to plan ahead do I think in this case early is good. You could always let people know ahead of time so they can book it early too avoid the rush. I would totally be fine with it early. 

Post # 12
21 posts
  • Wedding: October 2016

I dont think its too early, From planning my wedding i would say at least a years notice if people have to travel overseas. Also by the time youve made, posted and the STD cards have arrived overseas it will be about 14 months. Put an additional note in the envelope explaining why its so early otherwise people might plan on going but not book anything till closer to the time. you can send the actual invitations out 6-8 months before to get final numbers.

Post # 13
60 posts
Worker bee

I don’t think it’s ever too early to send a save the date, what’s the harm in giving people the date as soon as you know it?

I know there is wedding “etiquette” and time lines etc but personally I don’t care about any of them, we are sending our save the dates next week and our wedding is August 2018, what’s the point in waiting to tell people the date? The invites will go out a few months before as normal but this is just informing people of the date

so I say do whatever you feel is best, it’s your day and there’s no rules 🙂

Post # 14
1422 posts
Bumble bee

We are having a Destination Wedding in May 2018, and I juse ordered my STD’s. I plan on sending them out next month. It will be out of the country, so I personally think it needs ATLEAST 1 years notice. So I think since the majority of your guest will be traveling out of country, earliest is best.

On the other hand, our friends are getting married in Jamaica this September and we just our save the date, and I think they should have done this a few months ago. 

Post # 15
128 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: February 2018

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vickirut :  I sent out my save the dates last month and my wedding is next February. I sent them just over a year in advance. We are from Canada and doing a Destination Wedding in Jamaica, it’s not cheap so I wanted everyone to be well aware and start saving up now.

I wouldnt wait until 6 or 8 months before, expecially if it is a far and expensive trip. I doesnt leave a lot of time for people to save up if they need to.

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