Destination weddings can be a lot of fun for both couples and their guests.  Whether a couple chooses a soft sandy beach or an old church in a medieval city, destination weddings always have something spectacular to offer.  However, there are many do’s and don’ts that couples and guests need to be aware of when it comes to destination wedding etiquette.

Do’s for Destination Wedding Etiquette

  • DO invite fewer people to the wedding – Destination weddings are almost always intimate and small.
  • DO alert guests of their financial obligations – Every guest must know what they need to pay for and what is covered for them.
  • DO create a wedding website – A website can hold all pertinent information in one easy to find place.
  • DO offer multiple options for accommodations – Not everyone can afford the same type of accommodations.
  • DO hire a professional and local wedding planner – A local professional will have more knowledge when it comes to planning the perfect destination wedding.
  • DO give guests a warm welcome – Guests travel a long way for destination weddings and a warm welcome can be helpful when they arrive.

Don’ts for Destination Wedding Etiquette

  • DON’T plan a destination wedding at the last minute – Guests will need time to get things in order to attend.
  • DON’T check wedding attire for a flight – Wedding attire can easily get lost with the rest of the luggage. Carry all wedding attire on the plane!
  • DON’T invite children unless they are wanted in attendance – Children are not always invited to weddings and couples are able to choose if they want children to attend or stay home.
  • DON’T allow guests to figure it out on their own – Guests should never be required to find accommodations, figure out the local transportation, and find things to do in between wedding activities.
  • DON’T plan every minute – Spontaneity is key to a good time!
  • DON’T forget to register – Guests may still purchase gifts, plus those who cannot attend will need an idea of what the couple wants.

These are only a few of the do’s and don’ts when it comes to destination weddings, but they are the most important.  Couples and guests should keep these in mind, so the destination wedding is amazing as can be.


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