| Originally Posted by jmill130 |
This is my main question then, what is everyones experience so far on this topic. Do you not invite everyone and then do those not invited get mad, or are they understand since its a DW. We were thinking of not inviting any cousins since most of them are older and already have kids plus we have at least 20 cousins between the 2 of us. I dont want to invite all 200+ family and friends, knowing many of them will say no, but what if more than you plan on coming say yes. Kinda defeats one of the purposes of DW. I just dont want to upset anyone if i dont invite them. Any suggestions?
Still invite people to DW if they can't go?
Posted 07 March 2008 - 12:18 AM
Posted 07 March 2008 - 01:26 AM
| Originally Posted by jmill130 |
I dont want to invite all 200+ family and friends, knowing many of them will say no, but what if more than you plan on coming say yes. Kinda defeats one of the purposes of DW. I just dont want to upset anyone if i dont invite them. Any suggestions?
I really think that STDs are a must in DW. I really didnt understand the reasons before but now I totally understand. So what I would say is, do a cheap STD postcards to everyone that you feel "you should invite"... send them out... wait about 3 months and then send out formal invitations to those who are coming. I didnt send STDs out like I should have, just an email. And a few months ago I spoke to my aunt and mother who arent going to be able to come, and they wanted me to send them an invitation and thought that I should send my aunts and uncles one too...thats how I decided. I guess it depends on how important weddings are to your family. I would talk to your mother and your Fiance's mother to get an idea of what you should do. My FI's family probably wouldnt care if they didnt get an invitation but mine would! oh yeah, I didnt do a rsvp return request. What I did was have everyone RSVP through my TA, shes taking care of all of that. I log on to her website and can see who is coming and where they are staying and when they arrive and leave.
Posted 07 March 2008 - 03:38 PM
| Originally Posted by SoontobeMrsE |
I'm anxious to hear what others have to say on this one.
The people who have outright said they would not be able to come after receiving the initial STD letter, I haven't sent them anything else. Otherwise I have sent all of the info to everyone. By all the info we did an initial "Save the Date Letter". Which was a wedding announcement that had all of the resort info and our TA's info. We sent those out last September for our wedding this November.
Last month we sent out a STD postcard. As people tell me they absolutely can not make it, I just cross them off the list and don't include them in future mailings.
Not sure if it is right or wrong, but I figure why bother with the cost of postage?
Let me correct myself here...we will be sending the formal invite to family members even if they have initially told us they can't make it. (because they are family) - we just quit sending them reminders, etc.
Posted 07 March 2008 - 05:14 PM
| Originally Posted by violethaze2b |
Just what I see from the parents and with the grandparents being that much more old fashioned in their etiquette I would say send them the invites. Correspondence can mean a lot even if they can't make it.
| Originally Posted by melglnh2o |
I would still send them the invite. We invited almost 200 people but some of them had told us they couldn't make it but we sent the invites anyway because we wanted them to know we were thinking about them.
| Originally Posted by BarefootBride |
I can see my Great Aunt opening hers and thinking, "how nice that she sent me one." I come from a HUGE very traditional Catholic family that pretty much wants me to have a typical wedding but I dont want them to think that I am totally eloping and running away from it!
I just think that I would stay semi traditional and send them an actual invite in the form of paper! I think that the older crowd would appreciate it. As far as gifts.... we got two of everything and I doubt it that they would send a gift.
| Originally Posted by LALA |
It sounds like there are a couple different situations being talked about here.
One is - do you invite everyone to a DW that you would invite to an at home wedding? To that I say no. For us that was the major reason we had a DW - we didn't want a big wedding and the only way to do that without pissing people off was to do a DW.
The other is - if you sent STD's to people, do you then have to send an invite? To that...well, we did. I just felt like it was polite.
Just be clear on your STD's what your plans are.
we personally are sending out a lot of courtesy invites (which is against my wishes, but we have to since we are not paying for the wedding, and i am ok with that), especially in mexico. we did not send the STDs to anybody in mexico because that isnt a cultural norm there. the first and only news you hear is usually the invite itself. even for a DW. my FI said also that there are people we know wont come, and they will reply no with the STD, but sending them a formal invite will remind them about the wedding, and if their plans have changed they will let us know.....and he said if they still arent coming it will remind them to send a gift hahaha but really, in his culture it is totally impolite to send someone a "preliminary invite" and then not send them a real invite too, he wouldnt do that back home and so he doesnt want to do that here either.
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Posted 08 March 2008 - 02:34 AM
| Originally Posted by twelve_piece |
This is bad etiquette but I really don't care, I sent STDs to everyone but I'm only sending invites to people who have actually booked the trip. I wanted to do message in a bottle invites and there was no way I was making and mailin 125 of them. When we get back we are going to send out announcements to everyone else with a pic from the wedding. I know some of my parents friends will be ticked, but my wedding isn't about them.
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