By Jared Benoff | Published on March 13, 2023

You’ve picked a date, signed your contract, and now you need to let your guests know about your celebration in paradise.

One of the most popular questions we get from our clients is about destination wedding invitations – when to send them, what to put in them, how to word things, where to buy them, and more!

One of the services we provide our clients is creating a bespoke booking landing page like this one that has some of the key information about their destination wedding.

The question always comes up – what do I do with that link? 

What we’ve found is that the answer varies from couple to couple. 

Some couples keep it simple and email the link to their guests. 

Other couples send digital save the dates or invitations and include the link.

And other couples go the paper route and mail save the dates or invitations with a QR code or the URL on the paper invitation.

There’s no right answer as it really depends on what you prefer as a couple and also how much time you have.  

Do you need “save the dates” for a destination wedding? 

Couples often ask us if they need to send a save-the-date for their destination wedding.

Based on our experience planning destination weddings, we recommend sending a save-the-date for your destination about one year in advance or as soon as you’ve secured your venue and room block.

Our typical destination wedding planning timeline is you have everything secured about 16 months prior to your wedding date. 

How long before a destination wedding should you send invitations?

Planning a destination wedding is quite different than planning a wedding at home and the same is true for your invitations.

When getting married at home, you can probably send your invitations 3-4 months in advance and be totally fine. 

When you should send your invitations to your destination wedding may be dictated by the terms of your contract with the resort.

Each resort differs slightly in their dates for payments and penalties so you may – or may not – have flexibility on how soon you need to send our your invitations. 

Let’s work backward with a hypothetical example with a wedding date of October 3 to illustrate a potential destination wedding timeline

  • 14-18 months out: Contact signed and Save the Date sent
  • 9-12 months out: Booking site live, invitations sent and start accepting bookings 
  • March: Initial guest deposits due
  • July: Guest final payment due

In this hypothetical example your guests would have from October (when you send invites) until March (the last date for deposits) to commit to attending your destination wedding. 

All this is to say that we recommend sending your destination wedding invitations 9-12 months in advance once your booking site is live so your guests have enough time to plan and commit to attending and aren’t rushed in their decision. 

What should destination wedding invitations include? 

The goal with the booking site we build for our clients is that you can limit how much information you need to include in your destination wedding invitations. Some key information you’ll want to include in your invitation: 

  • Wedding date and time
  • Suggested travel dates – most resorts have at least a 3-night minimum so it’s helpful to recommend when guests should plan to arrive and depart.
  • The URL and/or QR code to the booking site
  • Destination – Make sure to include the city and the resort because, for example, there’s a Moon Palace in both Jamaica and Mexico and a Le Blanc in both Cancun and Cabo (both in Mexico!) 
  • RSVP information – will the booking site serve as the RSVP or will you require a different method? Is the deadline going to be on the deposit date or a different date? 
  • Contact information – Your guests will have tons of questions about the booking and travel process so it’s best to be clear who they should direct any questions to.

Your invitations don’t need to include information about attire, additional events, what to pack, etc as that may be best suited on the website.

What wording should you use for your destination wedding invitation?

When writing your invitations, one of the most important things to remember is that while your friends and family may love you and want to spend time with you, it’s also a big commitment for them to travel thousands of miles away, take off work, and spend money. 

You want to use your invitations to get your loved ones excited to celebrate and join you, but striking a balance between “no pressure” and “let’s celebrate” can be tough. 

Our friends at Destination Wedding Details have some additional wording and etiquette tips for your invitations. Here are some more specific examples of what wording you should use to delicately hit all the right notes. 

Do I need a separate wedding website?

You don’t need a separate wedding website as we build a landing page that shares the essential information with your guests. Some of information includes:

  • Wedding date and travel dates – If you’re hosting multiple events we let people know that so they can plan their travel accordingly 
  • Resort information – Restaurants, bars, what’s included, etc.
  • Room categories and pricing – What’s the difference between a 3-night stay and a 5-night stay? Is the Preferred Cub room category ‘worth it’? 

Some of our clients prefer to create a more general wedding site with popular services like The Knot, Zola, or With Joy that includes things like their story, information on the bridal party, an even more thorough FAQ, etc.

From that site, clients will like a “Travel” section to our booking site so guests know how to book.

Where should I buy destination wedding invitations

destination wedding invitation examples


Now that we’ve covered the basics of destination wedding invitations, we wanted to share a few places you can order invitations from that we have a variety of beautiful options and on-brand invitations for your destination wedding in paradise! 


Minted has a whole section dedicated to destination weddings, including palm trees and bright colors. Ordering from Minted is quite easy as you can customize your invitations and send directly from the site. 


Zazzle is similar to Minted and has a section of destination wedding invitations. If you’re comparing Minted vz Zazzle, we find that Minted has more customization features and tends to be a bit more affordable. But if Zazzle has invitation designs that you want, it’s a great alternative. 


If you’re looking for a bit more of a DIY project with your invitations, Etsy has a number of destination wedding invitations that hit all the travel and wanderlust vibes. Buying from Etsy tends to be a bit more expensive and require more work, but we love how creative their options are and you get to support a small business owner and creator. 

Wedding Passports

One of the most popular – and on brand – invitations is from the husband-wife team at Wedding Passports. Vanessa and Dave had their destination wedding at Dreams Jade, blogged about the process, and eventually built Wedding Passports as a way for couples hosting destination weddings to have a beautiful and fun wedding passport invitation. 

Final thoughts: What you need to know about destination wedding invitations

Our goal with this article was to share a bit of knowledge about the typical timeline for a destination wedding, including when you’ll want to send “save the dates” and invitations for your event. 

Knowing what to put on your invitation and how to word things appropriately will have your guests booking their flight and getting so excited to spend a few days in paradise celebrating you! 

Need help planning? 

Our experienced wedding planners at Destination Weddings by Vacationeeze are with you every step of the way.

With decades of experience planning hundreds of weddings, our team understands what couples are looking for and how to navigate working with the resorts. 

Our dedicated team will work with all your friends and family so you can focus on planning your dream wedding.

Ready to start planning your big day?

Call us at 215-454-2070 or get in touch with us here

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About The Author

Jared Benoff

Jared is a certified destination wedding travel advisor and has been recognized as a top agent by Palace Resorts, Karisma Resorts, Lomas Hospitality, and Hyatt Inclusive Collection.

He caught the travel bug early in his life as his parents (the founders of Vacationeeze!) instilled a passion for travel and adventure in him and his siblings.


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