Post # 1
My fiance and I are trying to decide on either a wedding & reception here in PA in Dec of 2017 or a small ceremony with a few close friends and family in Vegas in April 2018 with a backyard “reception” at a later date, with a honeymoon at an even later date. I am having trouble figuring out though how the invites would read or do I just not waste the money? I am soo confused on this whole planning thing and I am the type of person who must see things before spending money or making a decision on. How do you go about doing a destination wedding like this? Also do i still take engagement photos in we go away or is that pointless too? Blarg thank goodness I am only doing this once!
Thanks for any help in advance 🙂
Post # 2
First of all: decide on the kind of wedding you want and go from there with invitations. You’ll be able to work something out for whatever kind of wedding / reception combination you want.
I’d do invitations just like normal for your wedding in Vegas, and then send out invites to everyone for a reception after (if you Google/Pinterest something like this you’ll find lots of results). I’ve heard that word of mouth works well for this too; when you’re engaged, people will definitely be asking you questions and you can just tell them to clarify!
As for engagement photos, no one NEEDS them, even if you do have a non-destination wedding. I got them because my Fiance and I had never gotten professional pictures taken, and we wanted to use them for save the dates. Since our save the dates, we’ve found multiple other uses for them, but it’s to each her own for the pics.
Post # 3
I agree that the first thing you need to do is decide what you really want and go from there.
If you end up doing 2 seperate events then I believe there shpould be 2 seperate invites. Make sure you mention somehting like “we exchanged vows in …” for the home recpetion then people wont be confused. Also a website is a great way to convey information.
We are having Destination Wedding (20 close friends and family) and sent out invitations. We are then having a stateside reception a month later which we did online invites for through paperless post. We are planning a series of long weekend mimi-moons throughout our first year.
Engagement photos are not necessary but if you want them go for it.