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I have to confess - this is one of my favorite topics and one of the projects I thoroughly enjoyed when I was planning my own DW!
Theres nothing traditional about a destination wedding, and invitations are your first opportunity to set the tone for whats to come!
You want your guests to open the envelope and say, Wow! I have to go book my trip now, or Im going to miss out on something really special!Get answers to your most common invitation etiquette questions
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Your save the date and invitations are the first glimpse your guests will have into the type of event youre planning. Thats why its so important to send something out of the box that will excite them from the get go!
And every detail of your invitations count - how creative they are, using the perfect wording and even when they're mailed...
Thats why Ive compiled a list of the most common issues related to destination and beach themed invitations.
I've said it before, and I'll say it again... etiquette is not so much about following a strict set of "rules". It's about using common sense and treating others as you would want to be treated. You can send your invitations out a week before the ceremony if you want to...but chances are you won't have any guests attend. So, the question really becomes, "when should I send destination wedding invitations IF I want to increase my chances of a good turnout"
Youre not getting married in the local church on the other side of town, so if a good turnout is important to you, then it's critical that you give your guests as much notice as possible. Destination wedding invitations should be in the mail no later than two months before the ceremony three months if you want to be really safe.
There's a lot to communicate in destination wedding invitations, but dont overwhelm guests with too many details. People are busy so give them just enough information, and then direct them to your personal "wedsite" for more. But here is some of the critical info that you should include:
Need space for all those details? Choose stationary with multiple pages - think pocket fold, multi-card boarding passes or passport. Click here for examples of other unique invitations.
When it comes to destination weddings, the invitations RSVP date is much more than just an old fashioned formality.
You'll not only be relying on an accurate guest count to determine catering, but your special group travel rate or free resort package might also hinge on how many people actually show up.
The earlier you know your head count, the better equipped youll be to plan and budget accordingly.
As you can see, theres a lot riding on that RSVP number.
If your caterer needs a final head count by March 25, but the deadline to book travel at the group rate is March 7th, then tell guests they must RSVP by March 1st. This gives you a week to gather all the info and send an accurate guest count to the resort/venue/caterer.
One of the great beauties of destination weddings, is that you have carte blanche to weed out all the unnecessary people from your guest list. Nearly everyone will understand if theyre not invited to travel with you.
But it almost never fails there will be a few indiscreet people who will still come right out and ask for an invite.
If you wouldnt normally feel comfortable inviting someone to vacation with you on some tropical island, dont send them invitations to your destination wedding either. If they go, it will be awkward and uncomfortable not exactly how you want to feel on one of the happiest weeks of your life.
You can almost always get away with the excuse that its a small, intimate celebration with just family and close friends.
A personal website is a great way to share details and keep everyone updated but it shouldnt be a substitute for formal invitations. With everything youre asking of your guests, it's a nice gesture to put in the time and effort to send them a nice invite.
Have questions about how to word your destination wedding invitations? Click here for tips on touchy subjects like adults only celebrations and the subject of no gifts.
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