If a destination wedding is your dream, then you already know you face a few extra challenges in planning, even if you’re working with a travel agency. Even so, most couples find that it’s well worth the effort to ensure that their special day is truly perfect. When planning a destination wedding, however, it’s important to adhere to a certain standard of etiquette. While there’s usually a little wiggle room in most situations, here are the basics you’ll want to be sure you’ve met:
Send Invitations Super Early
Destination weddings obviously require travel, and not everyone can drop what they’re doing to make plans only a month or two out. Invitations should go out not less than six months before time, and eight months is better. That means you’re going to have to decide on your final guest list much earlier in the process than usual, and possibly make some tough decisions.
Find the Best Deals for Your Guests
Unless you have unlimited funds to pay for the airfare, meals, and accommodations for each guest, coming to your wedding will be a significant expense. If you’re using a travel agent to look at honeymoon trips, try asking about getting all inclusive deals for your guests, too. Sometimes airlines and hotels will offer discounted group pricing. Find a few options and let your guests know that you’ve done the legwork for them—it’s just up to them to book it.
Don’t Feel Like It Has to Be Huge
Because destination weddings do tend to be expensive, both for the couple and the guests, it’s usually not possible to have everyone you’d normally invite locally present. That’s ok and it doesn’t breach etiquette rules at all! Just do be sure to have a local reception upon returning from your honeymoon trip so that everyone who couldn’t attend has a chance to congratulate you.
If you need help planning your destination wedding or honeymoon trip, contact us at Brentwood Travel in St. Louis. We can help you find some of the best travel deals, from all-inclusive packages to cruise deals for after the ceremony. Call (314) 488-2100 for more information today!
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