Invitations for destination weddings have some additional things to consider and include in the invitations. Here are some answers to common questions I get about destination weddings and invitations for them.
What is a destination wedding? There are two ways to classify a “destination” wedding. 1) A wedding where more than half of your guests are traveling more than a three hour drive from home is considered a destination wedding. This could be because the venue you selected is far from your guests. Or that you moved and are having your wedding in the new place you are living. More than 3 hours from home means they will most likely need a hotel room for the night. 2) If you and all your guests are travelling and need accommodations. Commonly these are international destinations, cruises, and Las Vegas.
When should I send save the dates and invitations for my destination wedding? Save the dates should be sent around the 1 year mark before the wedding. This gives your guests extra time to save money for the trip as well as make sure they have the correct travel documents, if required. Invitations should go out 5-6 months before the wedding. Guests will need to start making their travel arrangements so giving them all the details earlier is better.
What details should I include about the wedding in the invitations? If you are having a room block reserved you will want to include the name of the hotel as well as how guests are to reserve the rooms. Many hotels will give you a name for your guests to give when they call in to reserve their rooms. Finding the right airport that your guests should fly into is nice to include on your invitations. Airport name and abbreviation is very helpful for your guests (i.e. Portland International Airport (PDX)).
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