Destination wedding etiquette

Dos, don'ts of destination weddings


Destination weddings can be fun and romantic. But with destination weddings come a lot of questions. Take a look at these dos and don'ts for destination weddings.

Should the bride and groom pay for the wedding party's trips?

No. According to DestinationBride.com, it is always the responsibility of the wedding party to pay for their own way to the wedding, whether it's local or a destination wedding. Some suggest the bride and groom pay for the wedding party's hotel rooms, but DestinationBride.com says that is rarely followed. Just make sure the wedding party is clear on what they need to pay for up front.

When should the save-the-dates be sent?

For a destination wedding, try to give guests as much notice as possible so they have time to plan for the trip, save money and arrange time off of work. Save-the-dates should be sent at least four to five months ahead of time.

What should be included in the invitation?

In addition to the traditional wedding invitation information, also include information about the trip including the location, venue, hotel and any excursions that are planned. According to DestinationWedding.com, this is also the time and place to mention if the bride and groom are covering the cost of any events or portion of the trip.

If you are planning a reception back home after the destination wedding, also include those details. This will help make some guests feel less obligated if they're unable to make the trip.

Who should be invited to the shower?

Destination weddings tend to be smaller since everyone will be traveling. Therefore, any bridal shower guest lists should also be small. Only invite those invited to the destination wedding to a bridal shower.