Given the webcast that I participated in on Monday that was all about destination weddings, I thought that today's Picks on Paper should focus on the topic! That, and I realized that I hadn't written about destination weddings nor wedding stationery in way too long! I consider both destination weddings and wedding paper very close to my heart, as both really inspired me to start this wedding blog two years ago before I got married down in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico.
Despite the fact that more and more couples are opting for destination weddings these days, there are still so many questions out there about the "right" way to plan one. I think one of the reasons for this is because there is a serious lack of resources for destination brides! It can be really tricky planning from afar; selecting the right location and the right wedding vendors. Yet there is so little information available to help brides navigate the destination wedding planning process. In order to have a successful destination wedding, there no doubt has to be a whole lot of research involved, and I know first hand, because I've done it! While researching and planning my own destination wedding, I learned so much from other brides who were kind enough to share their insights. For that reason, I really love being able to share my destination wedding experience here on APP!
Today, I'm focusing on destination wedding stationery, specifically. In the five tips below, I've tried to answer some of the most common questions that I've come across (and had myself!) from fellow destination brides. If you feel as though I have missed anything, please don't hesitate to ask me in the "Comments" section below or send me an email at Sarah-at-apaperproposal-dot-com. I'm always happy to help!
Picks on Paper - Destination Wedding Stationery Tips
Distributing Save the Date Cards
Save the Dates are extremely important if you're having a destination wedding. Once you have selected a destination and a venue, you'll want to create a wedding website listing as much information you have available. At the minimum, be sure to include your wedding dates, suggested dates of travel and your destination of travel on your website so your guests can plan ahead. Once you have the website up and running, you can then distribute Save the Date cards! Be sure to include a link to your wedding website on the save the date cards so that your guests can learn and prepare as much as possible for your destination wedding! You may also choose to include a RSVP line without a hard deadline; it can't hurt, right? I actually received a few RSVPs early on from close family and friends!
What to Put on the Wedding Invitations
You may think that because you're having a destination wedding, your wedding invitations have to be crazy long booklets with unique and untraditional wording. This is not the case! Of course, you can choose to include as much information about your wedding as you'd like on your invitations. However, you should know that you always have the (easier) option of referring your guests to your wedding website for all of the nitty gritty details. Your destination wedding invitations can be much more traditional than you think, with just information about the actual wedding day itself on the main card. You may also choose to use supplemental insert cards to feature information such as maps, directions, accomodations and travel info and/or a schedule of events. Personally, I chose to include the traditional RSVP card, as well as a "Schedule of Events" card along with my traditional wedding invitation.
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Distributing Wedding Invitations
By the time you go to distribute your wedding invitations, your guests should already have a lot of information about your wedding because of your save the date cards and your wedding website. However, to be on the safe side, it's still a good idea to mail your wedding invitations out a bit earlier than you would a normal invitation, about 2 to 3 months in advance. Deciding who to send an invitation to can also be tricky with a destination wedding. In my opinion, you should send an invitation to the same people you would normally send one to if you were having a local wedding at home. You should never assume that one person will or won't go! Think of it this way; if nothing else, your friends and family will appreciate the thought. Sending an invitation lets the recipient know that you want him or her to be there, whether you think that they can actually make it or not.
Distribute Welcome Information
Congrats! You, your future husband and all of your guests have finally made it to your destination! Now what? Well, upon arrival, you'll want to put your guests' minds at ease by providing them with all of the information that they'll need in order to enjoy their trip and your wedding. Create a welcome packet, brochure or letter with all of the essential information about your wedding and their stay at your selected destination. Essential components include a trip itinerary including any welcome events or rehearsal dinners, as well as a timeline of your actual wedding day and your contact information. You may also consider including information about your destination, any fun activities, restaurants or local attractions that your guests may be interested in seeing.
Don't Forget About...
Just because you're having a destination wedding doesn't mean you have to skimp on your beautiful wedding stationery details! Wedding paper can travel somewhat easily with the right amount of preparation. When planning, consider bringing the following additional wedding stationery along with you:
- Ceremony programs
- "Reserved" signs
- Escort cards
- Place cards
- Wedding favor tags
- Guest book
- Signs - decorative, for photos, guest book table, favors, bar, etc.
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