Destination weddings are very popular these days. After all, who wouldn’t want to tie the knot on a beach at sunset in Maui, Jamaica or Bermuda? There are many great destinations for your nuptials but, deciding which destination is only a small part of the wedding planning. When considering a destination wedding you are faced with who to invite and who pays for what. Here are some destination wedding etiquette tips that should help planning your destination wedding easier.
Destination Wedding Invitations – Who Gets One?
When considering your guest list, immediate family and close friends should top the invitation list. It’s up to the bride and groom if they want to include extended family. Keep in mind that having a destination wedding is comparable to a vacation. So ask yourself, "Who would I invite to go on vacation with me?" That question might help narrow down the invitation list.
Who Pays For A Destination Wedding?
It is customary that guests pay for their own accommodations and travel when attending a destination wedding. The key is to give them plenty of advance notice; so they can plan their vacation or time off from work around your wedding. If you don’t have all the details well in advance, sending a "save the date" destination wedding invitation with the date and location can be very helpful and much appreciated by your guests.
Special Considerations For Destination Weddings.
Remember destination weddings often cost more for your guests to attend. Therefore advance notice is essential since guests will need time to work your celebration into their budget. Be prepared and not offended if guests are unable to attend your destination wedding. Make it as easy as possible for guests to attend. Prepare a list of destination wedding transportation options and available accommodations at the destination wedding location. Providing these tips for your guests will show them how much you value their participation in your special day.
Your destination wedding will be a truly meaningful event when surrounded by your closest family and friends. Being considerate of the sacrifices they will make to join you on your special day will ensure a happy and memorable celebration for everyone.