Destination wedding etiquette is wonderful for when you are involved with a wedding that you get to travel to. You will be able to relax and celebrate this fantastic occasion in a beautiful setting.
A destination wedding is a wedding that is being held in a location other than where the bride and groom are from. The locations are generally beautiful, exotic and have a special meaning to the bride and groom.
They require the wedding party and guests to travel and spend time in the beautiful location. These weddings can span a long weekend or an entire week.
As with any wedding etiquette, there are a number of things to consider if you are planning a destination wedding or if you have been invited to one. We will cover the basics of destination wedding etiquette so that you can spend the time enjoying yourself.
The question often comes up... "Who pays for what with the wedding and travel costs associated with this type of wedding?"
The bride, groom and their families are responsible for the cost of the wedding and all activities surrounding it, this includes the rehearsal dinner and wedding meal. Anything that the guests are invited to participate in should be taken care of. They also should help pay for the travel and lodging expenses of the wedding party, however this is not required.
Guests need to cover the expenses for travel, lodging, meals other than those involved with the wedding and any entertainment not associated with the wedding. It is normal for a guest to spend between $700 to $1500 to attend a destination wedding.
The bride and groom should complete their guest list as quickly as possible. With normal destination wedding etiquette, the guest lists are generally smaller than those for a traditional wedding. It should also be understood that not all the guests you invite will be able to attend. Taking this into consideration will help the bride and groom with numbers.
A save the date card should be sent out at least 4 months prior to the wedding. It is acceptable to send them out as early as 6 months. This allows the guests to make all of the travel arrangements, as well as any childcare arrangements that may be needed.
If the bride and groom are planning to have a reception closer to their home after the wedding, a separate guest list and invitation will be needed. This will help them to keep their guests and numbers in order.