Destination weddings do require a lot of planning! Getting organised with everything from your destination wedding invitations to other important wedding details is the best way to avoid any last minute catastrophes. With this in mind, here’s a breakdown of important deadlines for your destination wedding invitations timeline.
Save the Date Cards
Aim to send out your save the date cards at least one year before your destination wedding to give your wedding guests enough time to plan for the trip. Depending on your wedding style, your destination wedding invites don’t necessarily need to match the rest of your wedding invitation suite, so have some fun and change things up.
If you have decided to send out photo save the date cards, either schedule your engagement photo session for a formal photo, include your favourite photo of the two of you or a picture of the proposal if you have one.
Destination Wedding Invitations and Other Wedding Stationery
Start browsing and choosing your destination wedding invites roughly eight months before your big day. This will give you enough time to sift through the plethora of destination wedding invitation styles available from boarding pass and passport wedding invitations to other unique designs featuring elements inspired by your unique wedding location, while also giving you plenty of time to make changes if you have any last minute problems with your destination wedding stationery.
Traditionally wedding invites are sent out approximately two months before the wedding, however destination wedding invitations should be sent out five months before to provide your guests with all the wedding details to finalise their travel arrangements. This will also ensure you receive the RSVP cards early too, giving you a better idea of how many will be attending.
Order extra wedding invitations and envelopes in case you have any last minute additions to your wedding guest list and also if you make an error when addressing. Extra wedding invites make great mementos that you can cherish over the years too.
If you are ordering other wedding stationery items such as place cards, programs, menu cards etc, aim to order these six to eight weeks before the wedding.
Generally thank you cards should be sent out within four weeks of receiving a wedding gift. If you are not personalising your thank you cards to include a photo from the wedding or honeymoon, consider ordering them before the wedding to save time.