After finalizing the major decision of where our guests would stay while on Maui, it was time to begin the process of communicating this information to our prospective guests. Fred and I spent a lot of time working on compiling details about the wedding, like accommodations, area amenities, ceremony and reception location and other useful tidbits. I thought that it was best for us to create a website to house this information so we could cut down on any confusion and answer basic questions more efficiently.
We also began working on our guest list and save the dates. Save the dates were super important to send out considering we were having a destination wedding. Fred and I wanted to give our guests as much lead-time as possible to prepare for the wedding so these were sent out almost a year before the wedding date. Preparation to send these out was a long drawn out process because it meant working with our parents to retrieve over 100 addresses for family and friends that would be invited to join the festivities. You never realize how much time it takes to call people and confirm addresses but this process can sometimes take several weeks. I suggest starting this process as soon as you get engaged, even before you start confirming other details. Getting the guest list solidified was probably one of our hardest tasks.
Working on the design for our save the dates proved to be a bit easier. The design was inspired by a passport. I saw several designs for boarding pass invites and passport invitations in my research online. I loved the concept of doing something more playful and creative for the save the dates and something more formal and traditional for the invitations. This was our chance to set the celebratory tone and theme for the event while really showing our personalities. We worked with an amazing designer and friend Corrine on the concept. She totally understood my vision and brought my ideas to life better than I could ever imagine. This was a custom job from start to finish and ended up being super labor intensive but we were very pleased with how they turned out. The rave reviews from our guests made the hard work well worth it.