How Far In Advance Should We Send Out Save-the-Dates and Invitations for Our Destination Wedding?

Etiquette, Honeymoons & Destination Weddings, Invites & Stationery

Destination weddings involve a ton of complicated logistics and questions (Who pays for what? How do you transport your wedding dress? What kind of wedding dress is appropriate?), and all of that happens after you decide that an exotic "I do" is right for you. When do you inform friends and family about your getaway wedding plans and how much information should you include in your invitations? Our wedding etiquette experts are here to answer your destination wedding questions in our daily post.

How far in advance should we send out save-the-dates and invitations for our destination wedding?

Word on the hostess circuit is that you send out save-the-date cards eight months prior, and the invites eight weeks before your big day. Not only do some people have to apply for passports and save money, but there are those who will have to get time off from their jobs, arrange child care, and take care of other pesky chores so they can join you. Advance notice will give guests more flexibility when they're making travel arrangements, too. With this in mind, add on an extra two or three weeks to those time frames to ensure that guests have adequate time to prepare for what is essentially a vacation. Once that's done, make sure you pick appropriate destination wedding flowers, a festive post-ceremony reception, a cute clutch, and a paradise-worthy hairstyle! With all of that planned, you'll want to make sure everyone you love is there to see it all come together.

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