Originally Posted by breluke18
When you sent out your save the dates; did you already know the location and resort? Or did your save the dates just say the approximate week/price and location to be decided!
Thanks for the feedback! - helps alot :!
We didn't actually send Save-The-Dates formally, we just sent an email around and told everyone. This is because we had over 300 invites and thought it was a waste of time and money to send them lol but we are cheap and have been engaged for over 2 years and told everyone from Day 1 that we would be getting married tropical in January of 2013.
So in our Save the Date email we said, Early 2013, in late January or early February. The Maximum price is $2000 per person. We have chosen Jamaica.
When we chose the resort we told everyone we talked to lol so most people knew about it but it wasn't formal. Then we sent out formal invitations in May. As I've mentioned on this blog earlier, I wanted to make sure that family has priority for booking in case we ran out of space. So we called family before we sent out formal invitations and told them that we would put money down on their behalf if they knew they wanted to go. We didn't tell them the resort formally but I think they were all decided to come regardless of what resort we chose.
For our invitations, we had a formal fancy one, and then included a pamphlet since we couldn't fit everything on the fancy card.
Here is our fancy card:
Jenna Kay Reist
Marcus William Weinkauf
Together with their parents,
Gary & Etta Reist and
Kevin & Linda Weinkauf
Would be delighted for you to attend their wedding in Montego Bay, Jamaica.
For details of the destination wedding package
please see the included pamphlet.
Please also save the date for a dinner and dance reception
in Edmonton when we return.
June 1, 2013
Details on this reception will follow closer to the date.
We urge you to put the cost of any wedding gift towards your Jamaican travel expenses.
To book your Jamaican trip please contact the travel agent noted in the pamphlet as soon as possible, and preferably before April 20, 2012.
And here is our pamphlet [or at least the only draft of it that I can find...]:
Marcus & Jennaâ€™s wedding trip to Montego Bay, Jamaica will be from January 18-25th, 2013. The resort we have chosen is the Iberostar Rose Hall Beach.
We've heard great things about the Iberostar resort: great food, great service, free flowing liquor, and amazing grounds.
Jamaica is known for its spectacular sprawling beaches, tropical beauty, reggae music, the â€˜island spiritâ€™ of the people (â€¦marijuana?), and the average 29 ÌŠC temperatures in January. While in Jamaica you may want to go golfing on the stunning courses in Montego Bay, go tube riding on the lazy rivers, go scuba diving in famous dive spots, visit the luminous lagoon where the water glows blue in the complete darkness, climb the Dunnâ€™s River waterfalls in Ocho Rios, or let loose and visit the nude beaches which Jamaica is famous for! The Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival is in town while we are there too, which features a variety of reggae, jazz, and blues artists, and in past years has featured major artists ranging from Maroon 5 to Kenny Rogers to Gladys Knight... 2012 had Celine Dion.
The total cost of the all-inclusive vacation is $1800/person from Edmonton, which includes airfare, hotel, food, alcohol, and all taxes. The deposit is $250/ person.
The deposits are not officially due until September but it is likely that space will fill up by this time. The plane only holds 120 people and we are expecting a large group, so we urge you to put down your deposit as soon as possible.
Final Payment is due on September 23, 2012.
Please note that the taxes are subject to change, but it is unlikely to change more than $40 or so. The tour company is Sunquest, with the flight being supplied by WestJet. As Sunquest only has an allotment of half of the plane, any seats above that allotment may be subject to an additional $75 charge. We urge you to book as soon as possible so that you can avoid this extra charge.
To book, please contact our travel agent, Dale Stengel:
Thomas Cook Travel / Cruise World
Please also let us know that you have booked at marcus-and-jenna@ gmail.com.