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#1 quackquack

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    Posted 16 March 2008 - 06:53 PM

    Hey Everyone

    My wedding is not until May 2009 but everyone is requesting info now bc of work and finances. Would it be too early to send out invites in May and then after I recieve responses send out newsletter or update? I was thinking that about 10 months is enough time. Of course some family members do not agree with DW so I really want to make sure I give them enough time.

    #2 amyh


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      Posted 16 March 2008 - 06:55 PM

      thats fine. Many brides have done this. Please use the search feature, you will find lots of info on this topic.

      You can also send a STD with your website and provide all the info on your website.

      #3 Jentwo

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        Posted 16 March 2008 - 07:05 PM

        I agree that STDs would be the first step. Other than starting to save money, there's not much your guests to do besides that because flight schedules aren't available yet for May '09 and I doubt people have to put in vacation requests for over a year out!

        I'm getting married in Nov. and some of my guests are still waiting for airlines like Jet Blue to post their schedule/prices. I provided 9 months notice for my guests and I think that is plenty!

        #4 CourtneyV

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          Posted 16 March 2008 - 07:07 PM

          I sent STDs out about 1.5 years away from the wedding, and the invitations with a little less than a year to go. The main reason I wanted to send them out was to get people booking.. and I wanted to give them the maximum amount of information for them to base their decisions off of.

          On the STD's I included our website, which had a lot of info on it, the wedding location, the dates we'd be traveling and our contact info. Not much more info than that. On the invitations I included specific locations (oceana terrace, gazebo) and times etc.

          I have to say, on the forum people had warned me that if my guests received their invitations too early, they'd end up throwing them aside because they had a lot of time to book; they just wouldn't feel a sense of urgency. This may be true for some guests, but it lifted a HUGE weight off my shoulders. My guests booked on time (for the most part) and with everything determined 9 months ahead of time including bookings, menu selections, exact # of guests, it was so much easier to get things done earlier on. So I'm all for sending them out nice and early!!
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          #5 Sandra E.

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            Posted 16 March 2008 - 07:12 PM

            You can always add information to your web site and send out an email.

            #6 quackquack

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              Posted 16 March 2008 - 07:18 PM

              thanks for great info. If I send them out in May, do you think I will still need STD?

              #7 lucy106

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                Posted 16 March 2008 - 07:20 PM

                I would do the STD first followed up by more formal invites.

                #8 Celina

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                  Posted 16 March 2008 - 07:25 PM

                  We sent out a STD informational letter with the name of the resort, travel agent, passport info (just a link to the passport information website) and the cost of rates for this year with a note that these are this years rates and they will be slightly higher next year - just to give them an idea of what to expect for a 5 and 7 day trip.

                  Good luck and congratulations!
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                  #9 becks



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                    Posted 17 March 2008 - 08:43 AM

                    Send out the STD first - with just enough info to get them started - location, date, TA info (if you have one), and your website.

                    Save your formal invites for closer to the date - 3-4 months prior is probably good.

                    You can always send out a newsletter or something between the STD and the formal invite, just as a reminder.

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                    #10 Dbell

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                      Posted 17 March 2008 - 08:51 AM

                      Yeah, I agree with the ladies - sending out STDs would be sufficient!

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