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UKbride Member Request 14 Jan 2020

Invites to wedding abroad.

Me and my fiancé are planning to get married abroad August 2022. We can’t book a date until the end of this year as flights haven’t been released. How do we send invites as we don’t know what the price is going to be and the date to attend and I can’t expect them to RSVP without knowing how much it’s going to cost them and when it is. My only worry is leaving it until the flights are released to send invites is that people that want to come won’t be able to get a seat on the plane or end up attending. Stuck!

23 Comments
Carlie Goodge
Carlie Goodge 15 Jan 2020

I would hope that my guests consider this when they receive their invite. They may decide to get their earlier, or this may be something you could suggest. say the wedding is on a Saturday, your guests could arrive at any point the week before and have a bit of a holiday before the wedding. You would need to be there a few days before in any case. I think every one worries about how their guests will get to the wedding, but you need to trust that everyone who wants to be there will make sure that they can.

UKbride Member 15 Jan 2020

Maybe send something that lets them know:
- It'll be August 2022, although date is not yet set
- The country (if you know where it will be), otherwise just say that it will be abroad (which gives people time to save up)
- The date will be confirmed as soon as tickets are released, so they can also book their flights

That's probably all you can do at the moment. Like you said, you can't book a date until the end of this year because of flights, but this gives them some warning that something 'proper' with more details will be on its way as soon as you've been able to book.

UKbride Member 15 Jan 2020

Maybe do save the dates that let people know it will be a destination wedding and the month. Then just send your invite sout as early as possible.

UKbride Member 15 Jan 2020

You won't need RSVPs back for quite a long time after you send out invites so don't worry about that, some people might be excited and commit straight away and some might decide to wait until they have an idea of price, either is fine, the important thing is you'll be giving them plenty of time to save up

UKbride Member 15 Jan 2020

We are going abroad end of June 2020! We sent out our invites 1st June 2019 as we knew the flight schedule was published a year in advance, we knew roughly from the existing schedule up until June that there were daily flights available and the average costs of those. As long as there are currently daily flights available you should be able to pick a date working around your venues etc, however 2022 is a long way off yet so no need to rush! We had already had conversations with our friends and family so that they knew what to expect / had the to consider financials before the invites were received. We told people the date that the flights would be released so that our nearest and dearest could get the cheapest seats, and the only warning that I would give is that due to our high demand flight prices have rose steeply since release and have almost double now with much less availability! We also put together a wedding website to store all the advice for guests as there is a lot more to consider than with an "at home" wedding and people are likely to forget a lot of information if it's not written down for them, plus it was far too much to fit into an invite! Good luck!!! It's so exciting to have a destination wedding 😁

UKbride Member 15 Jan 2020

You can just send ‘save the date’ cards at first

UKbride Member 15 Jan 2020

We sent out the invite with an approx date that we was looking at u wouldn’t worry too much about the exact figures our wedding advisers didn’t want exact figures until a few weeks before by the time the flights are released you will still have plenty of time to pay anything you need. We booked with tui and they priced up based on the availability now so people had a rough guide to work off and when they was released there was only a few pound in the difference. I wouldn’t worry about people not getting on some of our guests only booked a few months before the wedding and they had no problem getting there in plenty of time for the actual wedding day

UKbride Member 15 Jan 2020

Save the date x

UKbride Member 15 Jan 2020

Do a save the month instead? You could include average prices for fights and hotels as well. Then people have advance warning to save and have time free when exact details are available.

UKbride Member 15 Jan 2020

I get married in Cyprus in September. We sent a save the date once we had it booked then sent the invites in September 2019. We have to give final numbers 8 weeks before the wedding. At the moment we have 25 people attending. If you want any advice I'd be happy to help x

UKbride Member 15 Jan 2020

I sent out save the dates and advised it would be abroad and which country, and sent out an invite with all the details of venue, holiday packages on at a later date xx

UKbride Member 15 Jan 2020

Have you considered sending out save the dates ?as an alternative to a wedding invitation for now and then when the flights are to be booked follow up with a formal invitation where your guests can RSVP

UKbride Member 15 Jan 2020

We are getting married abroad May 2022 and haven't send invitations to save the dates. We have told all of our guests where we are planning on getting married and the date. You could send save the dates though it you have a large number of guests. Guests can always look online for an average price from a year that is available at the moment to get a rough idea how much to save up. Remember the people who want to be there will be there.

UKbride Member 15 Jan 2020

We booked through a wedding planner first and made sure everything was booked with them before then we sent out invites once our date was confirmed as we booked our own package holiday xx

UKbride Member 15 Jan 2020

My Sister is getting married in Mexico in May. Everyone who was 100% going went with them to book the wedding and we did a big group booking. Then she told people and they booked on if they wanted to x

UKbride Member 16 Jan 2020

We are getting married in the USA in June, we sent out our Save the dates a year before so anyone that wanted to come could. Many of our guests are tying in our wedding with with Road trips to or from the wedding.
All the information went on Web page linked to our Save the dates worked a treat.

UKbride Member 16 Jan 2020

I would personally send out save the dates now including the destination and then official invites once flights are released. If you can’t book anything now then you don’t have the information you need to put on invites?

UKbride Member 16 Jan 2020

Set up an invite via social media, with your intentions etc. That way people have a heads up when you have more info add it and then you can send proper invites when you have more idea as to dates etc x

UKbride Member 16 Jan 2020

Don't send invites yet...I'd bet money that none of your friends will have double booked themselves 2 and a half years in advance and if they have you shouldn't be friends with them 😂

UKbride Member 16 Jan 2020

We’re not getting married until Oct 2022 and abroad. We’ve asked the people we want to be there and sent them a link of the hotel and option of a week 10 days or even 5. (We’ve looked at the prices for this year Oct for a rough estimate as knowing they’ll increase for 2022).

UKbride Member 16 Jan 2020

We’re sending out save the dates once the venue is confirmed and the send out invites later this year with all confirmed information.

Will send out reminders about 6 months before

UKbride Member 16 Jan 2020

Send save the dates :)

UKbride Member 18 Jan 2020

Save the dates for a start; little insert in invites saying will be abroad; then consider having a leaflet of if they went out before an made a holiday out of it, so 7day prices- 4day prices (long weekends) or just a two day thing etc

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