Post # 1
Our wedding venue is 2 1/2 hours away from were we live, so all of our guests will be driving at least 2 1/2 hours, and others flying from multiple different states.
We anticipate 90% of the guests will rent a hotel room, and possible stay the whole weekend as it is in a tourist town with lots to do.
Also, since it is a tourist town with many weekend events, hotels/cottages/cabins will book up quickly.
Most things I have read recommend 6-8 months, but I am wondering if it would be okay to send them out 9-10 months in advance to ensure lodging availablility?
Post # 2
I think 9-10 months for an STD is fine. Just be mindful of the holidays. You might be better off waiting until January just to get past the holiday mail crunch and ensuring your Save-The-Date Cards actually arrive!
Post # 3
Your situation sounds exactly like mine. It was my hometown- 2.5 hours from where we currently live, with most people being out of town. It was also a touristy area.
We sent ours about 9.5 months before the wedding. That worked well! I usually hear 9-12 month in advance of the wedding for desitination/domestic destination weddings.
Post # 4
nwilbur1 : anything under 12 months is fine (i say 12 months to avoid any confusion about when the wedding is – you’d be shocked how many people don’t look at the year when they get a STD). you’ll have one of two kinds of guests: those that plan ahead, and those that don’t. those that plan ahead will be happy to get your STD as soon as possible. those that don’t plan ahead, likely won’t even mark off their calendars so when you send the STD is irrelevant.
Post # 5
nwilbur1 : I think that’s fine.
I would either send in November or wait until January, that way you miss the December holiday mail craziness.
Post # 6
That’s so good to hear! I was worried if I sent them in the end of Oct beginning of Nov that people would think I was jumping the gun, but I’d also like everyone to have an easy time finding a nice room near downtown and the venue.
I do have my wedding website on my Save-The-Date Cards and the very first line of my greeting explains the importance of booking a room in advance, so hopefully that will put a fire under the procrastinators.
Post # 7
nwilbur1 : We have the same problem with our hotel…Our wedding isn’t until the end of Sept but our hotel block is only guaranteed until the end of July. So we will likely send ours out a tad early also!
Our venue is very touristy and so I think the hotel just wants to make sure if we don’t book all our block they have additional options for getting it booked!
Post # 8
nwilbur1 : I asked my wedding planner this question (since my family will be flying across the world to LA to attend this wedding) and she told me that actually since date is set in stone, i could just send out the STD immediately to lock down everyone’s calendars. She then told me that the formal invitations go out about 3 – 6 months before the wedding. I’m sure you can do the same (: