Post # 1
Fiance and I are planning a Sept. 2010 wedding and about half the guests will need to travel internationally (from Europe to the US). We’ve given them all a heads up that we will have a wedding in 2010 so they could prepare for a trip if they choose to travel. I wanted to send ATDs one year in advance but he thinks we should send them as soon as we book the venue and solidify the date (anticipated Jan 09). Is it ever too early to send Save-The-Date Cards (18 months)? We plan to maintain a wedding website with details to include lodging and such as the date gets closer and contracts are finalized so the Save-The-Date Cards will also serve to direct people to said website which won’t have much information in January.
When did you send out your Save-The-Date Cards and/or when would you expect to recieve one for a "destination" wedding?
Post # 3
I have a friend marrying in february in FL for a destination wedding and I should be getting a heads’ up asap as soon as they have their hotel room blocks done. Any day now on those. I’d really have preferred 6 mos if possible though for the destination wedding (at disney world).
but I think 3 mos is good for invitation window.
If we’re engaged that long, I will try to have STD’s sent out at least by 6 mos before. Will send out invitations 2-3 mos. ahead.
Post # 4
I plan to send mine 1 year in advance … we have a lot of out of town guests as well. I think that one year in advance is plenty of time because people can’t book flights more than a year before you fly. We also plan on making a play on words and some how incorporating "one year from now" … If you are really concerned about people making plans I think an Email save the date with the website link in it could be worthwhile for you — and then another real save the date 12 months before.
Post # 5
A year before is an appropriate time for STD that involves international travel. Anything sooner and you risk people losing it or forgetting. If your Fiance is that concerned I would alert the most important people via email and let them now that proper Save-The-Date Cards will arrive a year out.
Post # 6
My Fiance and I are having a destination wedding in Feb 09, where all guest must travel.
We sent out our Save-The-Date Cards in Feb 08, which included the website address.
Since then we have sent emails with information regarding blocks of rooms, airline tickets, and things to do.
Invitations will be going out 2 months in advance. An intinerary of the weekend (as we are having events on Friday evening, the wedding on saturday and a brunch on sunday) to those who reply in favor of attending as soon as we recieve the reply card.
Hope that helps!
Post # 7
I’m sending our STD’s next month for my August 2009 wedding (9 months in advance) We have a lot of international guests as well, so I wanted to give them tons of advanced notice.
I’ll also be sending out my invites 3.5 months in advance (seems like alot, but I have a short b-list of guests that I’d like to invite if I am able to, so will need a bit of time to maneuver that)
Post # 8
thanks for the feedback, I feel confident that 1 year will be plenty of time on the Save-The-Date Cards.
@ Strawberrybaby, I am also collecting a B-list and was planning to send the international invites out about 4 months in advance in order to account for round 2. It is so hard to predict who will travel. Some people that I never considered have already mentioned that they are looking foward to the wedding and plan on making a vacation out of it so my B-list may never materalize.