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Is this enough time?

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#1 christie272

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    Posted 23 February 2007 - 12:42 PM

    I know I want to get married in the DR because I liked it so much. However, I'm looking at checklists and timelines and I'm wondering if I'm giving myself and guests enough time. I was planning on paying for myself and my finace for 10 days at the resort, then sending invites to guests now. For August 25th, 2007. I'm working with destinationweddings.com and my travel agent says that 4-6 months is enough time for guests, and they can take advantage of the interest free payment plan offered by their site. But I'm looking at everyone elses dates, and It seems like they gave themselves a year or so to plan. Just curious what everyone thinks.

    #2 *JillD*

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      Posted 23 February 2007 - 12:47 PM

      I wanted to give my guests as much notice as possible so that they could start saving, so I sent my std's out right after new years for my wedding in October.

      I guess it depends on your group, I know my friends and family don't have tons of money and they also have other priorities, some of them have to request vacation time early because of their profession, so giving them a lot of notice was important for us.

      #3 TammyB

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        Posted 23 February 2007 - 12:50 PM

        people can plan a DW in a couple of months, however with that said that just means you have to be flexiable with your choices.. IE a good photographer may be already booked if you want to get married on a weekend. Or maybe the resort itself already has a wedding going on that day so you may have to work around the times..

        #4 LCBride2007


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          Posted 23 February 2007 - 12:55 PM

          I was engaged in early Oct. 06, booked my site and hotel some time in late Nov/early Dec for June 8, 07. i sent out my STDs in late Dec. I think. i can't remember when you said your date was, but like TammyM said - you may have to be flexible on some things. as for your guests, i would think 4-6 mos is plenty of time - if someone isn't able to come, i can't imagine a few mos. would make much of a difference.

          #5 Nrvsbride

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            Posted 23 February 2007 - 01:04 PM

            I don't think this should be bad at all. You should get save the dates out right away though so that your guests can start saving. Normally it is a little better to give people as much time as possible to save but in reality, most people are procrastinators so it may not matter anyway. What I would do is check hotel rooms and see what the prices are like. Sometimes when you have more time to plan you can get better deals on rooms and airfare, but I think you still have some time so I say go for it.


            #6 *JillD*

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              Posted 23 February 2007 - 01:08 PM

              I kind of read your post wrong the first time I replied, I guess I didn't realize you had a date chosen, yes I'm an idiot. I think the more notice you can give people the better, but if you're planning your wedding for august, I think you still have enough time to notify people and they can decide if they are able to go.

              #7 destinationbride07

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                Posted 23 February 2007 - 01:27 PM

                IF you start now it is plenty of time...I say give them as much time and keep them updated....folks will not start doing anything until the last minute but at least You gave them ample notice…try and get your STD’s out asap…

                #8 starchild



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                  Posted 12 March 2007 - 05:06 AM

                  Originally Posted by destinationbride07
                  folks will not start doing anything until the last minute but at least You gave them ample notice…try and get your STD’s out asap…
                  Isn't that the truth! I gave people 9 months notice and now, less than 3 months away, they are starting to ask about hotels and stuff that has been on our website for months. Do your best and at least the main people you care about will be there.

                  #9 MikkiStreak

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                    Posted 12 March 2007 - 10:36 AM

                    I think some of it depends on where you're getting married too. When we were looking into St. Thomas, every resort, restaurant, WC, vender said 6 months was plenty of notice for them to schedule our wedding for a Saturday night. But in Mexico, we wound up moving the date out a month because that was the first Saturday night opening they had.

                    I agree that most people start planning early simply because they want to allow their guests time to plan/save for the trip. Even though our TA offers payment plans too, they still have to be paid in full 45 days prior to departure. So we're sending our notices out with about 9 months advance notice...

                    #10 BayBug

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                      Posted 15 March 2007 - 06:23 PM

                      I wanted to give me guests enough time to think about it and save up. I am sure that you will be giving them enough time. For those who really want to go they will go no matter what time frame you give them.

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