If you’re planning a destination wedding, don’t be intimidated. With the right planning, you will be able to organize an amazing ceremony in that far-off place you’ve been dreaming of since you were a child. And I’ll let you in on a little secret. If you want to pull off that perfect destination wedding, it is essential that you get this one thing right: your invitations. Your invitations are the absolute starting point for a smooth and well-planned out event for you and all of your guests. Here are some crucial guidelines to follow for creating the perfect destination wedding invitations.
Sending Your Invites: Ample Time Is of the Essence
Your wedding invitations are one of the most important steps in the wedding planning process, and even more so for a destination wedding. Not only should the invites be sent in a timely manner, anywhere from four months to a year in advance or more (depending on how far the locale is), but your invitations must contain as much correct and unchangeable information as possible. This is where you planning will come in handy.
Also important is the window of time that you give your guests to RSVP. Allow them ample time to make their reservations, book tickets, and confirm flights before requesting a response, and remember that not everyone will be able to make it.
Information Is Key
Be sure to include airfare specials from neighboring cities and airlines or booking sites, detailed hotel information and websites, and also a map of the area and surrounding hotels with differing price ranges. If a passport is necessary for traveling to this destination, make sure to include a detailed information sheet with restrictions and other information that is pertinent to your guests.
The key is to include as much information as humanly possible, and to think about the needs of each guest you are inviting. More so than with normal wedding invites, these invitations need to be incredibly personalized. So if Aunt Marsha simply cannot travel without her pomeranian Pumpkin, let her know where a pet-friendly hotel might be available if yours is not.
Finding the right printing company is another issue. I went with a terrible wedding invitation printing company that I found in my hometown. Despite repeated visits and phone calls, my invitations arrived late with missing and incorrect information, which directly led to most of the chaos and drama that ensued at my wedding in Mexico.
My go-to company that I use now for my business is Gracious Bridal, which I decided to try on account of the high reviews the company has online. Gracious Bridal is a quality company with thousands of exquisite wedding and event details, and save-the-date cards and wedding invitations galore. This is another huge factor when planning a wedding, destination or local: make sure that the companies and services you’re using are good, reputable businesses with excellent reviews!
Once you’ve sent out your invites, your wedding plans are finally set in motion. If your invitations are perfectly organized packets of information, sent out way in advance to the proper list of people, you will save yourself a lot of trouble and headaches later on as the date approaches.