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Destination Weddings-Who To Invite, Who Pays For What…

| February 2nd, 2014 | No Comments »

Destination Wedding Etiquette Tips You Need to Know

Planning a destination wedding is a great way to wrap a vacation, your big day and a honeymoon all in one. What’s better is that your closest friends and dearest family members get to come along for the momentous occasion. The trick, however, is understanding a few rules of the road that can keep you out of hot water with said friends and family members.

Here are a few common etiquette issues that come up in relation to destination weddings and tips on how to handle them:

Who to Invite?

When it comes to the guest list, a destination wedding is much like any other wedding. You get to call all the shots on whom to invite. If you want to keep your ceremony small and intimate, do so. If you’d prefer a more elaborate affair with hundreds of guests in an exotic location, by all means, go for it.

Just remember as you’re planning to make to make sure others know your intentions. This can help spare feelings later if someone who isn’t invited knows up front you’re only asking immediate family, the best man and maid of honor, for example, to attend.

Who Gets to Pay?

Just because you’re throwing a destination wedding doesn’t mean you need to pay for your guests to make it to the location. Just like any other ceremony, guests are expected to pay for their transportation and lodging for the duration of the stay. While you’ll be expected to pay for the reception and perhaps a rehearsal dinner or greeting party, your guests can be expected to pay the other costs for their own trips.

Who Keeps Them Busy?

Destination weddings are often multiday affairs that involve guests trickling into the location over the course of several days. With this in mind, brides and grooms often fret over their duties of playing party hosts.

The biggest question that pops up here is how responsible are brides and grooms for their guests’ pre- and post-wedding entertainment? The answer to that one is simple, as well: It’s entirely up to you!

If you want to plan out activities for a full week of pre-wedding fun, go for it. If you don’t, there’s no need. Just ask guest to arrive in time for the big day. If they choose to come early, they can explore your chosen destination at their leisure and take in what they want to.

Destination wedding etiquette isn’t as tricky as some couples fear. Just plan ahead, let guests know the score in advance and have fun. Remember, it’s your day!

 

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PLANNING A DESTINATION WEDDING?

| November 11th, 2010 | No Comments »

Many couples get caught up in the fantasy of a beach wedding surrounded by family and friends. But all too often I see this fantasy turn to a nightmare because a couple isn’t properly prepared to handle planning such a complex event.
Planning a destination wedding
A destination wedding can be even more challenging than planning a traditional wedding, as you’ve added travel planning to the already very long list of things that must be managed. So how do you manage such a big event?

First, keep in mind that a destination wedding guest is deserving of the same courtesies extended to traditional wedding guests. I am constantly appalled by brides who think it’s acceptable to instruct their guests to just jump online and book their own travel. If you’re going to ask them to travel halfway across the world to attend your wedding, then hire a qualified destination wedding travel consultant to take care of your guests. I’ve seen wedding guests who were left to fend for themselves not only wind up at the wrong hotel, but in the wrong country because the bride didn’t want to hire someone to handle the travel for her quests. If you think your guests couldn’t possibly mix up San Jose, Puerto Rico with the San Jose Del Cabo airport, think again!

Having a destination wedding agent will also keep you completely out of the financial aspect of this event. There’s nothing good that can come from a bride or groom trying to collect payments for their guest’s travel to their wedding.

Next, plan something fun for your guests to do together. Ask your coordinator to put together a private beach bbq or pool party just for your guests. This will create quality time together, and allow you an opportunity to let your guests know how much you appreciate their efforts!

Lastly, schedule some time for your guests to have some private time. Chances are they haven’t had a vacation in some time, and this will allow them to not only enjoy your wedding, but away their time away from home as well.

A destination wedding can be a great way for your guests to have a fantastic get-away, and a wonderful time at your wedding. With a little planning, and a little help, your destination wedding can be the romantic, relaxing escape you envisioned.