If you're getting married somewhere other than where you currently live (perhaps in your hometown), then you'll face the unique set of challenges that come with planning a destination wedding. Aside from booking the venues for your big day, one of the first things you'll have to do is brush up on your wedding invitation etiquette. Here's a quick guide:
Give your guests plenty of time to plan
If you're having a destination wedding, you'll need to send out your invitations a little earlier than you normally would. Put your save the dates in the mail about nine months before your nuptials, and send the formal invitations six months after that. This will give your guests plenty of time to plan their trip, and book a flight and hotel room if necessary.
Provide directions with your invitations
When you send your formal invitations, be sure to include directions or a map! Guests who are unfamiliar with the location of your wedding will need help navigating their way to the site of the ceremony and the reception.
Don't overload your invites with information
While you do want to include useful information with your invitations, you don't want to pack them with too many specifics. Include important info - like the date, time and location of the ceremony and reception - and then direct guests to your wedding website to find specifics about group hotel rates, the nearest airport, etc.
Send separate invitations to reception attendees
Many couples who are having destination weddings choose to have a small ceremony, and then host a larger reception in the city where they live after the fact. This allows people who can't afford to make the trip to still participate. If this is your plan, only send formal invites to those who will actually be attending the ceremony. Send separate cards to people who are invited to the reception.