Destination Wedding Etiquette

In Bridal by Belen Molina

Destination wedding etiquette can be tricky – from figuring out who pays for what, to making thoughtful decisions that ensure your guests are comfortable and feel appreciated. For this reason, we’ve rounded up some tips that will help you simplify the wedding planning process.

Know What You Are Expected to Pay for

When it comes to far away nuptials, couples are not expected to pay for their guests’ travel expenses. They are, however, expected to pay for the wedding reception, the rehearsal dinner, the welcome party and farewell brunch. There are, of course, a few exceptions to the rule. The bride and groom may choose to cover the travel expenses of a close family member, best friend, and/or member of the wedding party who couldn’t otherwise make it. In addition, many couples host special activities for their guests to enjoy, such as a daytime catamaran trip, a group yoga class, a tequila tasting experience or a guided tour around town.

Give Your Guests Plenty of Time to Plan

Mail out your save-the-dates at least six months before your wedding day to ensure your guests have enough time to plan for the trip and get the best fares. Also, make sure to check in with your parents, close relatives and bridal party members before ordering and mailing out your save-the-dates.

Create a Wedding Website

A website is a great way to build excitement for your guests by providing them with some useful information about the destination they will be visiting and the events you are planning. Don’t forget to include important travel information, ideas about what to bring, lodging information, a list of recommended places and restaurants they can explore on their own if they are planning to extend their stay, a schedule of events… the possibilities are endless!

Provide Several Options for Accommodations

Offer your guests a variety of lodging options for every budget to make sure everyone feels included. If your wedding is taking place in a hotel, talk to them about reserving hotel room blocks to ensure your guests have a place to stay near the reception. Oftentimes, hotels will provide discounts on the room rate, which you can then pass along to your guests.

Provide Transportation

Ensure that your guests don’t have to endure long shuttle rides, the hassle of renting a car or be over-charged by taxi drivers. Provide transportation to and from the airport and, if possible, hire a local guide to add a special touch.

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