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I'm looking for the wording that you all used for the "longer" version of the STD. Not something short and cute you would put on a magnet or postcard but the wording that suggests - hey, we're sending these out now so you can give us a tentative heads up/feedback if you're planning on coming so we can plan the logistics of the big day - sort of thing....

 

Anyone?

 

I'm budgeting for 40 people and while I understand things can change in 12 months, I'd like to know who on the "B" list I can bump up to the "A" list, etc. Our wedding is in Northern Michigan and while it's only 9 hours drive time from where we live, I'd like to give some of those "B" list invitees the ability to move up if a spot opens so they can lock in the good hotel rates.....

 

Jeni

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This is the wording I used. I will also be sending out reminder postcards next week to those who have not yet RSVP'd.

 

Dear Friends & Family,

 

As some of you may know, we (Natasha and Kenneth) are getting married!! We have decided to have a Cruise Wedding Celebration, which will double as a celebration of our wedding and a relaxing vacation! Our Wedding Ceremony and Reception will be held on the Carnival Glory cruise ship before it sets sail for the Eastern Caribbean on Sunday, April 25th, 2010 out of Miami, FL. Following the ceremony/reception, the ship will begin its 7-day voyage through the Eastern Caribbean and will return to Miami, FL on Sunday, May 2nd, 2010 (cruise information attached).

 

You may be wondering if you are required to travel on the 7-day cruise in order to attend our wedding ceremony/reception. No, you are not, but we would love for you to join us on the 7-day cruise vacation if you are able to do so. The great thing about having the wedding ceremony/reception on the ship before it sets sail is that we are allowed to invite guests to the wedding ceremony/reception who are not able to cruise with us (referred to as non-sailing guests).

 

We are sending this notice to give you sufficient time to budget and make travel arrangements should you decide to attend our wedding celebration. We completely understand if you are not able to join us considering the travel required and associated costs.

 

Enclosed you will find a “Save-the-Date†magnet to remind you of our upcoming wedding date. We have also enclosed an RSVP postcard for you to fill out and mail back to us at your earliest convenience, but no later than November 6, 2009 (postage already included). This is a preliminary RSVP in order to give us an estimated headcount of guests that plan to attend the wedding ceremony/reception and guests that plan to cruise with us. Once we have an estimated headcount, we can start searching for group rates on hotel rooms in the Miami area and making plans for a “Welcome Dinner†the evening before the wedding ceremony (4/24/2010) in Miami. Please note that Carnival has a limit on the number of non-sailing guests that may attend the wedding ceremony/reception. Due to this limitation, we are not able to invite all of our friends and family. So, if you are certain that you will not be able to attend the wedding ceremony/reception, please let us know as soon as possible so that we can extend the invitation to more of our friends and family.

 

Lastly, our travel agent has set aside a small group of staterooms/cabins on the ship for those who wish to cruise with us. These rooms are only being held until November 26, 2009 and are available on a first come, first served basis. Cruise pricing information along with our travel agentâ€s contact information is attached.

 

We will be sending out formal invitations and final RSVP requests at a later date. If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at:

 

We also have a website dedicated to this occasion and will keep it updated with the latest information about our wedding celebration:

 

Please use our website as an information resource and a way to communicate with us!

 

We hope that you will join us for this special celebration and look forward to spending an unforgettable vacation with you and all of our closest family and friends!

 

With love,

Kenneth and Natasha

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This is the wording I used. I will also be sending out reminder postcards next week to those who have not yet RSVP'd.

Dear Friends & Family,

As some of you may know, we (Natasha and Kenneth) are getting married!! We have decided to have a Cruise Wedding Celebration, which will double as a celebration of our wedding and a relaxing vacation! Our Wedding Ceremony and Reception will be held on the Carnival Glory cruise ship before it sets sail for the Eastern Caribbean on Sunday, April 25th, 2010 out of Miami, FL. Following the ceremony/reception, the ship will begin its 7-day voyage through the Eastern Caribbean and will return to Miami, FL on Sunday, May 2nd, 2010 (cruise information attached).

You may be wondering if you are required to travel on the 7-day cruise in order to attend our wedding ceremony/reception. No, you are not, but we would love for you to join us on the 7-day cruise vacation if you are able to do so. The great thing about having the wedding ceremony/reception on the ship before it sets sail is that we are allowed to invite guests to the wedding ceremony/reception who are not able to cruise with us (referred to as non-sailing guests).

We are sending this notice to give you sufficient time to budget and make travel arrangements should you decide to attend our wedding celebration. We completely understand if you are not able to join us considering the travel required and associated costs.

Enclosed you will find a “Save-the-Date†magnet to remind you of our upcoming wedding date. We have also enclosed an RSVP postcard for you to fill out and mail back to us at your earliest convenience, but no later than November 6, 2009 (postage already included). This is a preliminary RSVP in order to give us an estimated headcount of guests that plan to attend the wedding ceremony/reception and guests that plan to cruise with us. Once we have an estimated headcount, we can start searching for group rates on hotel rooms in the Miami area and making plans for a “Welcome Dinner†the evening before the wedding ceremony (4/24/2010) in Miami. Please note that Carnival has a limit on the number of non-sailing guests that may attend the wedding ceremony/reception. Due to this limitation, we are not able to invite all of our friends and family. So, if you are certain that you will not be able to attend the wedding ceremony/reception, please let us know as soon as possible so that we can extend the invitation to more of our friends and family.

Lastly, our travel agent has set aside a small group of staterooms/cabins on the ship for those who wish to cruise with us. These rooms are only being held until November 26, 2009 and are available on a first come, first served basis. Cruise pricing information along with our travel agentâ€s contact information is attached.

We will be sending out formal invitations and final RSVP requests at a later date. If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at:

We also have a website dedicated to this occasion and will keep it updated with the latest information about our wedding celebration:

Please use our website as an information resource and a way to communicate with us!

We hope that you will join us for this special celebration and look forward to spending an unforgettable vacation with you and all of our closest family and friends!

With love,
Kenneth and Natasha


WOW, that letter was EXCELLENT! You really did a nice job!

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