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Destination Wedding Invitation
A Destination wedding is very exciting. Just the prospect of travelling to a different state or country and exploring new sights, sounds, culture and food are just a few promises of adventure. A destination wedding is like planning for a wedding while you’re on vacation. And as we know it, both wedding and vacation require a lot of advanced planning.
Destination wedding is somewhat a grain off of tradition. More than likely, the ceremony will be held in the exotic outdoor the reception is likely under the moon and the stars. It is sounding so romantic already but the drawback is that when a couple opt for a destination wedding, it means that the wedding will be very intimate and limited to a few family and friends. This may strike a (dis)chord among friends and especially family who really want to be at the wedding but are budget constrained.
But for the lucky ones who are able to join you and celebrate your marriage in a destination wedding, here are a few things to make it easy for your guests:
Send Save the Date … Early
Send out your save-the-date cards as soon as you have the date and place confirmed and reserved in order to provide enough time for your guests to save up if they’d like to come. It is not unusual to informally announce a destination wedding a year or more in advance specially if guests are travelling from another country and will require travel documentation like passports and visas.
Also, since a destination wedding spans to three or more days, giving invitees a heads up early on will also be helpful to plan time away from work and other obligations. Be sure to include info about the wedding destination. Send them online brochure or a link to your wedding website with details that will help them plan their time and activities.
The save the date cards can be played up to the hilt to get the excitement started. One can conjure so many incredibly fun ideas with save-the-date cards when you’re having a destination wedding!
Food for thought:
A couple who chose a destination wedding should keep in mind not to expect guests to give gifts. Remember that people are spending a lot of money to make it to the wedding. Be sure to expressly let your guests know that their presence at your wedding is the PRESENT.
Sending the Formal Invitation
For destination weddings, the formal invitation should be sent two or three months before the wedding date. The save the date cards should indicate that the formal invitation will follow. The formal invitation is just what the namesake means…. just a formality.
The formal invitation for the destination wedding should include the standard information provided by a traditional invitation. See this post for invitation wording guidelines. Let your wedding website be the repository of all other information regarding the wedding (i.e. places to stay, group hotel rates, maps and airport information, registry information etc). Another helpful detail to include is the ceremony location (beach, lawn, etc.) so guests wear the proper shoes.
Since destination weddings often involve multiple events, it would be much appreciated if a separate invitation to any additional celebrations are included in the invitation (i.e., a welcome clambake, a golf outing, a post-wedding brunch, etc.) This way, you can include boxes to check on your reply card, which will make it much easier for you to track who’s coming to what. It will also let your guests know that the festivities begin before the wedding day itself so they can plan accordingly.
Below is a sample of a fun destination wedding invitation wording. More sample can be found by following this link.
Destination Wedding Invitation Wording: Las Vegas Wedding
We spun the wheel,
and took a chance,
we hit the jackpot
with true romance!
Leslie Jane Smith
Peter Joeseph Mullen
are now Mr. and Mrs. Mullen!
They were wed on
September 29, 2010
at the Wedding Chapel
Las Vegas, Nevada
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