(Closed) When to send invitations for a Holiday Weekend Wedding?

posted 10 years ago in Paper
Post # 3
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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2009

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
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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2008

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
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2008

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
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

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
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2008

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
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Newbee
  • Wedding: December 2008

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
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2008

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.

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