Clear your diary…there’s a celebration you won’t want to miss!
For a destination wedding, I believe it’s advisable to give your guests as much advance notice as possible so I highly recommend sending a save the date card.
As your guests will need to travel abroad the more notice they are given the greater the likelihood they will be able to attend your wedding. Amongst other things, it may allow them to plan holidays around your wedding or take a mini break. It will also help to ensure they get the best deals on flights and accommodation.
A save the date doesn’t need to be anything fancy. You can send out a traditional save the date card or something different like a fridge magnet but firing off a simple email may also do the trick to ensure your family and friends have the date and destination of your wedding abroad in writing.
Our wedding was in September and we sent out a save the date email to all our family and friends in January – giving them 8 months notice.
In the case of a wedding abroad, it really is ‘the earlier the better’. I believe as soon as you have chosen your destination and date, I would let your guests know, even its two years in advance! This is not only for your guests but also for you. Most of your guests prior to receiving their official wedding invitation will be able to give you an indication as to whether they can attend your wedding.
Having an idea of numbers early on will help enormously with your planning making things such as venue selection, supplier booking and finding appropriate guest accommodation a lot easier and simpler.
How to Word your Save the Date
A save the date should be short and straight to the point. It doesn’t need much more than your names, the destination you are getting married in and the date. You could also include; please save the date we’d love you to be there or formal invite to follow.
Recommended Stationery Suppliers
I highly recommend the following wedding stationery suppliers:
- Destination Stationery by Wedding Invitation Designer provide a bespoke design service, specialising in wedding abroad stationery, to perfectly fit with your theme, personal style or wedding location (see some of their save the date destination wedding designs below). They offer FREE worldwide shipping.
- Basic Invite is is an online stationery design company with more than 200 unique wedding invitations and save the date destination wedding cards in 180 colours which can all be completely customised on line by YOU
Unique Save the Date Audio Announcement
Save The Date is Stories4life’s exclusive wedding package. As ‘Save The Date’ is such an important announcement to make, Stories4life create you and your wife / husband to be, a unique, Personalised Audio Gift to send to friends and family.
Using Stories4life, record a message with your loved one, with the date and information you wish to share and Stories4life experts will edit and enhance your recording, making every word be felt.Your friends and family will definitely remember your special date, with this keepsake gift. To find our more contact Stories4life or you can view their profile and other unique audio wedding abroad and anniversary gifts here.
Save the Date Destination Weddings – Ideas
Kate from Destination Stationery has worked with many couples to design their Invitations and Save the Date Destination Weddings Cards; some of her unique designs are shown below.
Save The Date Luggage Tags
Save The Date Postcards
Save The Date Wedding Passports
Save The Date Airline Tickets
For more information on Kate’s designs you can contact her here.
Destination Wedding Invitation Advice
If you would like even more help
I have created a “Closed” Facebook Group where you can meet other couples getting married abroad and ask advice about save the date destination weddings ideas.
You will be able to discuss your wedding plans, ask questions and get inspiration from other couples and from all the fabulous wedding professionals on the site.
It is a fun friendly group…and private… so your wedding plans won’t be exposed!
I’d love to have you part of it and can’t wait to meet you!
You can request to join up here: Weddings Abroad Guide Community