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Early Invitations vs. Save The Dates

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#1 amyc

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    Posted 31 October 2008 - 01:37 PM

    Hey girls-

    So my plan was to send out my Save The Dates in mid-September. I was doing good...had them all printed and ready to go and then the Mexican goverment decides to close the resort I had booked...NICE! So they've been sitting here a month because I don't know what to do. I'm to the point I am ready to book a new resort so I can give people plenty of advance notice of the wedding. I really like Dreams Tulum but I'm a planner and this uncertainty is killing me!

    I'm thinking that it will take a few weeks to get things finalized and re-printed so we are now looking at the Save The Dates going out in late November or early December. It would still be 7.5 months out from my wedding date but I'm wondering if I should just go ahead and send out the invitations instead of doing a Save The Date and then an invitation a couple of months before the wedding like I had planned. What do ya'll think?

    Have any of you sent out an invitation that early?

    #2 Mrs D To Be!

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      Posted 31 October 2008 - 02:00 PM

      I think you could get away with just sending the invites. I couldn't believe it, but alot of people I know hadn't even heard of STDs and I had to explain what they were and their purpose! Someone actually said they were a bit desperate!!lol

      I personally think they are a fantastic idea, especially for destination weddings. But at the same time, they aren't essential. If I didn't have time on my hands, i'd probably skip them too.

      #3 Jess

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        Posted 31 October 2008 - 04:25 PM

        Hey Amy, because of the circumstances I would probably just send out invitations early and forget the STD's. Good luck!

        #4 nicmicj

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          Posted 31 October 2008 - 09:32 PM

          I think you would be ok with just sending invitations. My wedding is in July and I haven't sent out my save the date cards yet, primarily because we are just now choosing an exact date. I am sending save the dates by the end of November. I will be sending formal invitations closer to time only to the guests attending the ceremony in Las Vegas.

          #5 cdc0427

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            Posted 01 November 2008 - 12:23 AM

            I think you should skip the STDs. I didn't do them. I ordered oversized post cards from Vistaprints (just completed my order tonight! Thank God! I actually only paid for the S&H with a special that ended tonight) and plan on sending those out as soon as I get them and sending message in the bottle invites to those that are actually coming closer to the date.

            I think you should consider going to a different resort. Dreams Cancun seems to be really nice. Have you seen the threads for the Dreams Tulum? You may want to check them out.

            You have to consider the guests you expect. How long of a notice do you need to give them so they can pay. In my situation, everyone already complained about us having a DW and the cost. So I am giving them almost a year to pay for their trip.

            SORRY, SO LONG WINDED!!

            #6 rach220

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              Posted 01 November 2008 - 01:04 AM

              I think the early invites are fine...I think the rules kind of change when you do a destination wedding...as long as your guests have the time to plan, you can send them anything you want that has the wedding info on it.

              Good luck!

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              #7 Mrs.Captain

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                Posted 01 November 2008 - 01:16 AM

                We skipped the STD's and went right to invites. We sent ours out in June for a January wedding. We decided if we were asking people to start booking (group requirements) then we should send them an invite. However, we gave lots of verbal warning to people (friends and family) about a destination wedding and potential costs. Good luck!
                Jennifer & David
                January 22, 2009
                Grand Palladium, Riviera Maya, Mexico


                #8 anaderoux

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                  Posted 03 November 2008 - 01:32 AM

                  I'm doing some invitations for a bride and she's going to send early invitations (passports) and then a boarding pass as a wedding reminder.. I think it was a great idea..

                  #9 BarbaraBusybee

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                  Posted 29 June 2014 - 03:18 PM

                  its all to stress full.  to much to do lol. 

                  #10 cankem80

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                  Posted 11 August 2014 - 07:36 AM

                  I sent out invites 1 year before wedding. wanted to give everyone ample time to plan. will send out reminders along the way

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