When should I send Invitations?
Posted 18 September 2009 - 10:01 PM
Posted 27 September 2009 - 03:30 PM
| Originally Posted by mmshaughness |
I just found this thread so I apologize that I am a bit late to the party My fiance and I are getting married on April 17th, 2010 at the Iberostar Paraiso Beach in Playa del Carmen and I'm super excited! The only problem is that no one has booked the trip yet! I send out STD post cards with the travel agent name and our website (which as a TON of info about travel arrangements) as well as a date that I requested guests contact the agent by. That date was yesterday...there have been several inquiries but no booking.
That being said, I am contemplating one of the below timelines for invites in hopes of getting people moving!
STD cards sent at the end of June.
Send formal invites as soon as possible requesting RSVP's by mid-November (before the holidays begin).
STD cards sent end of June
Send out a letter or email to all guests with all travel information and TA contact info to reiterate the details.
Send formal invites in November with an RSVP date in January
Any input would be greatly appreciated!!! Thanks Ladies!!
STD postcards sent in June
Email in October to remind people to get passports, and give out TA info again
Invites in Jan with RSVP Feb 10.
So far I have 20 people booked -- mostly my family, but it's a start! hopefully with the email more people will start thinking about booking and then on Jan. hopefully everyone will.
Posted 28 September 2009 - 11:29 AM
Here's my two cents based on our experience. Give your guests plenty of heads-up time with your STD, send them a reminder when various deadlines are approaching, don't send them things in the middle of the holidays, and otherwise don't worry so much about rsvp dates, exact invite date, etc. None of it mattered in the end.
We invited 120 and expected around 50. We ended up (rsvp deadline is tomorrow) with 30. We pretty much knew, well ahead of invitations, who was coming for sure. Only one person is coming that we didn't expect. Many AREN'T coming that we thought might, partly because our wedding is in Nov during the week and this makes it hard to schedule for people (money is tight that time of year, vacation days are running out, family obligations)- I wish we'd thought of this before we picked our date - and partly because of the economy tanking.
People who have booked rooms have not rsvp'd yet. Lots of people just haven't rsvp'd and we assume they probably aren't coming (what's with that? they're stamped already!!!!). They figured we already know. Deadlines for rooms came and went and people were too busy and so now are doing it (a month out), even people in the wedding party! Some booked the room, but paid WELL after the TA deadline (for non-money reasons - just "busy"). Fortunately our TA was great and was able to accommodate all these last minute reservers/payers/room changers!
My point is that there is a limit to how much you can do so I just wouldn't stress to much about things like those exact dates. They'll probably be a little "irrelevant" anyway!
Posted 29 September 2009 - 11:40 AM
Posted 30 September 2009 - 03:07 PM
Our wedding is set for mid-April, and I want people to have enought time to decide if they can afford it... plus then we'll hopefully have numbers for OOT bags and so on !!
Posted 30 September 2009 - 04:03 PM
That's a long time to have an invitation, I think the RSVP reminder is a good idea, but why not wait until November or send them as soon as you can and put the RSVP for December.
Just a thought, I have been victim to knowing you have time to RSVP and then the time passes...
Posted 30 September 2009 - 04:50 PM
Posted 07 October 2009 - 12:25 AM
Late July 2010 - Wedding
Mid-October - send e-STD (skipping the paper ones as f&f are across the globe) only those with no email access will get a paper STD
Early November - send email requesting mailing address and initial RSVP
Mid January - send invitations (post-holiday rush) with May RSVP deadline (60 day payment deadline)
Posted 27 October 2009 - 01:33 PM
After sending out a "friendly reminder" letter to our guests, we went from 0 people booked to 20 people booked (out of 50 invited)! It definitely helped to get the ball rolling with people so hopefully it will keep going
Thanks again for the input ladies!
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