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Only having an AHR...what's do I do about STD's, invites, etc?

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#1 Britni

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    Posted 08 May 2009 - 11:57 PM

    I am having a private ceremony in Jamaica (just FI and I). We both have enormous families, but want a mellow ceremony, so having a big bash when we get back is kinda the best of both worlds for us. So since we don't need invites for the actual wedding, and just the AHR, what do I do in this situation as far as STDs? And then do I send a formal invitation as well? If so, when do I send these? If our wedding is in April '10 and the AHR is in May '10, what would the timing be if I needed to send both? Or is just the actual invite enough for the AHR?? Also, should I be sending a separate engagement announcement earlier? This is kinda a unique situation and any advice would be great!


    #2 eloping789

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      Posted 09 May 2009 - 11:38 AM

      We're doing the same thing, private ceremony, big AHR 2 weeks after we get home. I really didn't have the time for a save the date, but I think save the dates are only "required" if you're inviting people to the DW (it allows to have more notice to plan, save money, etc. to take a trip rather than simply drive to an event somewhere locally). I sent a "save the date" email to the guests we'd be inviting from out of state, but everyone else is only getting the formal invitation.

      Here's my timeline:

      Mail invites: May 15
      RSVP deadline: July 1
      Wedding in DR: July 8
      AHR: August 1

      Here's the wording I used on our invite:

      Your Name
      His Name

      Are pleased to announce we will be
      married in a private ceremony
      Wednesday, the eighth of July 2009
      in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.

      We invite you to join us for a
      wedding celebration when we return
      as husband and wife.

      Saturday, August 1, 2009
      Seven o’clock in the evening
      Event Location
      Street Address
      City, State/Province

      RSVP by July 1, 2009 to: email address
      Visit wedding website for more information.

      Hope that all helps! Good luck!!

      #3 Britni

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        Posted 09 May 2009 - 06:40 PM

        Awesome! So helpful, thanks!!!!

        #4 frmh

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          Posted 14 May 2009 - 12:18 PM

          Thanks eloping! I was also wondering how to do the AHR invitations as well as announcements of our "engagement/wedding"

          #5 eloping789

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            Posted 15 May 2009 - 09:10 AM

            No problem! Glad I could help.

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