Step 1. Create your guest list. (12+ months)
Determine how many people you want to invite to your destination wedding and sit down with your partner to create a guest list. Only invite the amount of guests you think you can afford. Inviting friends and family as a courtesy and assuming they won’t come can really backfire.
Step 2. Create a wedding website. (Before you send save the dates)
A wedding website is extremely helpful for keeping guests informed before and during your destination wedding. You simply can’t put all the information a guest needs in a wedding invitation and a wedding website is super easy for guests to use.
Step 3. Shop for and order your save the dates. (9-12 months)
Destination Save the Dates do not have to match your wedding invitations so feel free to be as silly or as elegant as you like when choosing a design. Once you order your save the dates, they won’t take very long to get to you but plan on 1-2 weeks for printing and shipping.
Step 4. Send your save the dates. (9-12 months)
How far in advance you send your save the dates depends on what works best with your timeline but we believe somewhere between 9-12 months is best.
Step 5. Shop for and order wedding invitations. (6-8 months)
Destination Wedding Invitations are so much fun to shop for so give yourself plenty of time! At this point, you should know where you’re getting married which will help you narrow down your options to larger categories like tropical wedding invitations, nautical wedding invitations or Vegas-themed invites.
Step 6. Address and send your wedding invitations. (2-3 months)
However, if you decided not to send save the dates, be sure to send your wedding invitations 5-6 months in advance. You want to give your guests plenty of time to plan and budget.
Step 7. Create an itinerary.
A weekend itinerary that lists pre-wedding, wedding and post-wedding activities is super helpful for your guests. Have these printed so you can hand them out with welcome baskets at the hotel or send your guests a pre-travel email with the itinerary attached and your wedding website listed so they can find it there as well.