Today’s post comes to us from our newest guest contributor, Michelle Marks, the owner and designer of Inviting Affairs in Austin, Texas. Thanks for sharing with us!
So you decided to take the plunge and plan the destination wedding you argued back in forth about with friends and family. You picture your feet immersed in the warm sand or the wind blowing high in the mountains. No matter which location is chosen the distance and accessibility of the destination can affect the timing of your invitations and save the dates. With a destination wedding it is not inappropriate to send out the save the dates a year in advance. It is best to send them out as soon as you have confirmed the details. Typically nine-twelve months is ample time for your guests to prepare for traveling. As for the formal invitation they are usually sent out six-eight weeks before the wedding but with a destination you should be sending them two-three months in advance.
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The save the date can be simple and just include a website for the guests to get all the information they need pertaining to the wedding. Do not worry at this time about sending hotel or activity information. Keep the website well updated and your guests will be able to plan. The formal invitation emphasis should be on the invitation. Don’t turn your invitation into a travel brochure. The website will be super important and should be updated with any information and should include any special laws or customs for that destination. Give your guests all the information they will need to ensure they have a fabulous time celebrating your wedding.
This custom Puerto Rico destination wedding includes a fun map and a list of wedding activities. This couple included other hotel, local and travel information on their website.
It is also important to alert your guests to the location of the actual ceremony such as the beach or a lawn so they are prepared with the proper shoes or attire. You can alert to this on the website but it might also be good to mention on the invitation the location in detail like Singing Beach at the Manchester by the Sea or the The Great Lawn at the Mansion of the Hills. Otherwise, have fun with your save the date and invitations. Let it express who you are and what your event is about. Wording for a destination is the same protocol as a traditional invitation and does not require anything special but have fun and make it your own.
One great way to get your confirmed guests involved and excited about the location of your wedding is to send a package or packet with logistics, accommodations, attire and activities. Maybe include something special from that destination. This could always be a welcome package as well for guests waiting for them when they check in or in addition too. What you can provide for your guests is mainly dependent on budget. It is good to keep in mind that your guests have taken time off work, use money to travel to celebrate your special day so you want to show them how much you appreciate them. Some other great ideas are to have something special waiting for them when they get to their room. They will probably be tired and hungry from traveling so some water or any other beverages and a snack might be nice. You can also work with hotel to provide them with a good night wish on their pillow like a chocolate and a thank you note from you.
What is great and inspiring about a destination wedding is that it is anything but formal so use your creativity, your planner’s creativity or invitation designer’s creativity to inspire and excite your guests to book their flight.
Michelle Marks is the owner and designer of Inviting Affairs in Austin, Texas. She is the mom to three boys but considers herself lucky that she gets to surround her self with weddings and girly things all day. Michelle has been designing and printing invitations for ten years and is always looking for the next big trend or exciting addition to the paper design world.
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