Q&A: Invitations: When to Send for a Destination Wedding?

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I am getting married in Las Vegas in August. When should invitations be sent to give guests enough time to make travel arrangements?

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You should send official invites about two months before the wedding, but you can let guests know about the event earlier with save-the-date cards. It's not too soon to look for hotel group rates, send your guests accommodations and rental car info, and ask them to pencil in your wedding on their long-term calendars. Especially when you're marrying in a tourist spot, it's best to plan as far ahead as possible and help your guests do that, too.

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Q&A: Invitations: Destination Wedding Etiquette?

My fiance and I are getting married in Maui and know that not all the 200 guests we would like to invite will make it. When we come back home, we are going to have a reception for everyone not able to make the trip. I've read that when getting married away and returning home to a reception, you should only send out wedding invitations to those you know can and will attend the wedding, then send out separate invitations for the reception. We both feel very strongly about sending invitations to everyone and then including (at the bottom) that a reception will be held in our honor when we return. We are afraid that if we follow etiquette, we will hurt people's feelings. Do we follow the rules or do what we feel is right?

by The Knot2 min read