My fiancé and I are getting married in September of 2022. We are getting married here in Canada, however, my fiancé is originally from Australia and his entire family lives there.
Assuming the borders are opened by then, his parents and siblings will be coming to Canada, but his parents feel like most, if not all, of his extended family (~60 people or so) will likely not make the trip. It's a long and expensive commute, so we definitely understand! No hard feelings there! But we feel like we should still send symbolic invitations, as these family members would have been invited to a local Australian wedding.
I was planning to send Save the Dates to our Aussie guests about 12 months in advance, so that they have plenty of time to plan, book flights, etc, if they do decide to come. But my fiancé wants to send full formal invitations 12 months out instead. His reasoning is that we're basically planning our wedding and budget around the idea that these 60 or so guests aren't going to be attending. But if several did decide to come, we will need to make some adjustments to our plans/budget, and it would be better to know much sooner.
I definitely understand his concern (and it has now become a concern of mine! lol), but I know it's not proper etiquette to send formal invitations out so far in advance. Is there something we could include maybe on our Save the Dates to get a better gauge on interest in attending?