Before you gasp, here is our dilema:
We both live away from our families. Me-10 hours, FH-2 hours. So we do not have any local family, just a few friends.
Of our out of town guests.... pretty much no one is tech savy so I can't rely on a website to provide the information (half my family doesn't even have the internet!) We have a website created, but realize that's mostly for friends and family won't utilize it.
We are getting married January 7, 2012 in Costa Rica. Our friends and families are not big travelers so making a trip like this will require a lot of planning and money planning. However, we have heard through the grapevine that a lot of people are really interested in attending!! Additionally, our TA has said that the early booking discount would end around April/May. I want our guests to get the best deal possible! Esp as this may make or break their attendance.
Our postcard engagement announcements are going out in a few weeks. On those we will have the date and website.
So here is my timeline/plan
1st week of December (1yr +1 month out) : Engagement Announcements
Middle of February (11months out) : Formal wedding invitations
- These will say: Join us for the wedding of Lauren and Hunter on January 7, 2010 at the RIU Guanacasta, Costa Rica. Reception in St. Louis to follow in February (however more formal
- Also I will have a response card that says "Yes! We are interested in attending! Please send us more information so we can start the planning! ( This is so I can start to get a head count on who really is interested in coming. I will not require a "NO" response.) Maybe a response by May?
- Additionally an accomodation card with Hotel information and contact info for our travel agent. Also have our website listed.
From there send those who responded with additional resort information and travel plans.
December 2011 (3 months out) : Send at home reception invitations with response cards
Immediately after wedding: Send out formal wedding announcements to all those invited
So............. The question is: Am I totally crazy for sending my invites like 10 months out??? Or am I just being a helpful bride trying to help everyone get the best deal on their travel and resort stay?!!?!?