Post # 1
The wedding is on Thanksgiving weekend. (Late November.)
All of the guests are out of towners.
When should the invites go out?
A source I can no longer remember suggested 4 months ahead (July in my case) to allow for people to plan, book flights and to be notified ahead of time well before the holidays.
Is that too early? Halp?
Post # 3
I’m having my wedding on a holiday weekend too. I’m planning to send my save-the-dates about 6-8 months in advance. That should give people PLENTY of time to plan the logistics of getting here if they are from out of town; however, I’ll be sending the formal invitations at the traditional two months before the wedding. Hope this helps!
Post # 4
I agree, send save-the-date cards about 6 months ahead to give them time to book their flights and find accommodations. I don’t think it’s early; your guests would appreciate that. The formal invites may follow afterwards. 🙂
Post # 5
If you’re not doing save the dates, I think 4 months advance notice is perfect…afterall if I were a guest, I would like to know before I planned a vacaation around your wedding weekend. Congrats!
Post # 6
Save the dates are a must for a holiday weekend wedding! Especially for out of towners. But if the budget doesn’t allow for that, I’d agree with 4 months prior.
Post # 7
yeah this really requires save the dates. I know for me personally I book my thanksgiving and christmas travel home at LEAST 4 months in advance and sometimes 6 just because of ticket prices. Many families make their holiday plans a year in advance (i.e. next year we’re doing thanksgiving at aunt susan’s house, or whatever).
Ideally for a family holiday weekend like that I would have sent Save-The-Date Cards 9-12 months in advance and then invitations senti n the normal normal 6-8 week timeframe.
If you haven’t sent out Save-The-Date Cards, it’s better late then never and you can get some printed pretty cheaply. If you have already sent out Save-The-Date Cards then just stick to the normal invitation time frame.
Post # 8
I say definitely send save the dates at least 6 months before the wedding since it’s over a holiday weekend.
Hope that helps!
Post # 9
With a holiday wedding and the expectation that everyone will be out of towners (destination wedding I presume?) I think Save the Dates are essential. I would send them no later than 6 months in advance, with formal invitations going out 8-10 weeks prior to the date.
Another helpful hint is to start an email notification list. Both my Fiance and I have lots of out of town family attending our wedding so, as soon as we had a date & venues reserved, we sent email announcements to everyone. We used cute stationary & graphics to make it look like a letter from both of us outling how the wedding process was coming along. The first monthly update gave them 11 months to prepare and now, as we’re sliding into 5 months out, the emails include a link to our official website where they can find out more detailed info. I chose ewedding.com, I really liked their price options and the layouts were simple to use. Best of luck! -t.