No worries! I'm the same way!
We're getting married July, 2013. Cannot even book until May at the earliest. BUT here is my timeline for STD, etc...:
STD: As soon as we book (about 14 months early). I would do this between a year and 18 months in advance. Some people need a LONG time to book off work, but you know your guests. Mine are made and saved. Just about ready to go! (We're doing boarding passes)
Invitations: Looking to do these maybe 6-8 months in advance (message in a bottle invites). We want to hand-deliver as many as possible, so it may take a while!
Before-you-go brochures: These are also done and saved on my computer. These will go out about 6 weeks in advance.
Arrival Information: They will get these when they arrive (or maybe at the airport); they are passport-style.
Plus, I will be sending out invites to our AHR. Probably about the same time the brochures go out.
Hope this helps. I do not think there is a specific rule as to when to send things out, this is just what I figured out. Some people send "thanks for booking" notes. I might do that too.... have not decided yet.
Originally Posted by vacpa757
I'm a 2013 bride as well. We finally set a date of 8/31/13 and just secured our date at our location, Azul Sensatori in Mexico! I am super excited but a little overwhelmed. Althought we set the date out that far to allow our guests time to save and plan for this trip, I am confused on some of the timelines. When are you summer 2013 brides sending STD's and invitations. I am already obsessing over the details and I still have over a year! Aaaaahhhh!