Post # 1
We are planning a small destination wedding, followed by a larger at-home reception. I figure this means we need save the dates, invitations to the wedding and then invitations to the at-home reception.
For those who will be invited to both the wedding and the at-home reception, do they receive two invitations? Do we just print something on the bottom of the wedding invitations telling them about the at-home reception as well?
Also, the at-home reception is planned for about 3 weeks after the wedding. Would those invitations go out at the same time as those for the wedding or a few weeks later?
Post # 3
If everyone being invited to the Destination Wedding is also being invited to the AHR then you can do 2 invites. One to both
____ Yes to Destination Wedding
_____ Yes to AHR
_____ NO to Destination Wedding
_____ No to AHR
and then one just for the AHR folks.
Time line remains the same regarless of the location of the party. 6-8 weeks before the event is when you send out invites.
Post # 4
Since your AHR is reasonably soon after your Destination Wedding, I would think you could send out invitations to both at the same time for those who are invited to both. I wasn’t sure it could be done without looking too busy, but it turns out that a Bee had previously done it. (Link goes to the picture of the enclosure they added that outlined all of the events.)
If you are inviting people to your reception and not your wedding, you probably should send the invitations to both out at about the same time. There’s already enough debate about inviting people to one wedding-related event without inviting them to the ceremony, so I’ll leave it to you to go through those threads that are plentiful on the boards. But, if you’re definitely doing it, then it’s probably best to do it around the same time so people who might be hurt at being left out of the wedding ceremony could still feel included in some way. How your friends and family respond to being invited to one event instead of the wedding is something only you can know.