| Originally Posted by LC_Rachel |
when do you plan on sending these out? I think the accomdations info might be useless because I would think most people would already be booked by the time you send them- at least it was for me. You are also having people from Mexico attending so I'm assuming some of the info would be for them as well. But they probably wouldn't need their hand held in this process as much as our dear American guests would. Some of my guests have never been to Mexico- you should hear the questions I get!
Personally- I would direct them to the website and save money. It's the 21st century- our invitations are evolving.
we need to send them saturday may 10th so they have a week of transit time (some are going to europe: the UK, germany, france, spain; those may take an additional couple of days to get there, although one STD that went to the UK got there quicker than one sent to richmond, VA haha by like 3 days!) and then guests have 6 weeks to RSVP by june 28th.
the westin wants every last head counted by july 5th, so i figured i should give myself a small cushion in case i have to make calls to any stragglers. we put on the STDs that the room block will be released june 1st, but the truth is that it wont be released until july 9th -- again, we did this because we thought we would have some stragglers. that way basically most everyone will have booked a month before the rooms are actually released, so we arent sweating bullets about whether or not we are going to fill it. then we can tell anyone who has already rsvp'd yes but not booked that they extended the block for an additional 3 weeks if necessary.
re: sending invitations to mexico, we ordered an entirely separate batch of invitations there when we were visiting his parents for xmas, so his mom is handling all of those. so these invites i am sending are only for the americans and europeans, most of whom need the hand holding. she is sending out like 175 so she offered to cover the whole cost, and theyre going to be really nice. they are a soft white and are engraved with navy lettering. she was going to get the proof back next week i think, so as soon as she sends it to me i will post it. now that she wants to order STDs, not sure how that is going to change the timeline for her ordering the regular invitations too. i think they are planning on having the actual invites delivered to the guests the last week of may. so maybe i should call her tonight about the STDs to see what her plans are. i am inclined to just let her handle it because shes a rock star anyway.
i just had my first 3 preliminary RSVPs this week, and one guest emailed me to say she was booking her and her husbands travel and room sometime this weekend coming up, and that she would RSVP soon. so im glad i did the prelim rsvp. i think youre right, its not really needed to do an accomodations card. we just thought it would be nice. but then when i think about how most people are going to toss this in the trash eventually, i was like wait a sec, why should i spend so much on something going in the trash?!
so if we cut the accomodations card out, even with the extras we need to order, we are still sitting at slightly less than $400.