Hello fellow destination wedding-ers!
I've been doing a bit of research on here since I got engaged about 3 weeks ago but decided to sign up for myself! We're planning a destination wedding in January 2016 (still super far away, I know!).
Here's my question/issue/concern:
According to my travel agent (Flight Centre), 12-14 months is a good amount of notice to give for a destination wedding. She said anymore time and people may tend to put off paying a deposit or forget altogether and make other plans. Once we finalize a resort, we're able to pay the deposit for us and then reserve 15 rooms at the same rate as us. So we're obviously going to need to let people know they're invited, which is where save the dates come in handy. However, I'm looking to avoid sending 100+ save the dates, followed by 100+ invitations as we're on a pretty tight budget and both feel there are more important things we'd rather spend money on. I'm assuming we won't even have a specific wedding date/time/location at that time, so it'd be pretty much impossible to send out the actual invitations this early.
We were thinking of sending a very casual invitation (like a postcard save the date but a bit more specific) to all invited guests, which would include the week we're going, resort, travel agent information, addressed to John Smith and Guest or John Smith and Jane Doe and family, etc etc. along with a wedding website which we could then keep updated as we get more information (like the specific date and time and reception information). Then, instead of sending a more detailed invitation to all of those same guests (even though only 20 will actually be attending), we could just include the specific information in a welcome pack or mail it out only to the guests who are coming.
We aren't very formal and it's going to be quite a casual week/wedding so I'm not too worried about traditional wording or RSVP cards and inner and outer envelopes and things like that but I'd love some opinions!