Q&A: When should I send save-the-dates for a destination wedding? - Destination Weddings - Wedding Planning

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When should I send save-the-dates for a destination wedding?

A Proper etiquette for destination weddings is to send out your save-the-dates as soon as you’ve picked a location and set the date. Basically once you have set plans in place, this is the best way to share the information with guests. This way, your guests will have plenty of time to arrange to take time off work, book the best-priced flights and hotels, and make sure they have the proper passports and visas necessary to travel. It’s important that save-the-dates go out early, especially if your wedding is a holiday weekend, because everyone books flights in advance and some of your guests might be planning trips of their own for that weekend. Resorts also fill up quickly during certain months, depending on your destination wedding locale, and ideally you’d want to keep all your guests together in the same hotel as the wedding. Set up your wedding website before you have the save-the-dates printed so you can include the URL on them. You won’t be sending out your invitations until closer to the wedding, so the website can include information about the hotel and flights.