4 Tips on Having A Destination Wedding in the US
Destination weddings can be unforgettable, especially when you choose a location you have always loved and wanted to visit here in the US. However, it is essential to acknowledge that destination weddings come with their own rules and etiquette. We have gathered some vital information to keep in mind when it comes to planning your destination wedding.
Your Save The Dates
With a non-destination wedding, you would typically send out Save the Dates three to four months before the actual Big Day. However, with destination weddings, you need to consider the fact that your guests need to make travel arrangements (transportation, accommodation, vacation days from work, and so on). Therefore, you should send the cards sooner, usually eight to twelve months before the wedding.
You do not have to include extra information on the actual invitation, but it is expected that you have a comprehensive website with travel information for your guests. This website should include accommodation options, an itinerary or timeline, a map, or GPS coordinates to get around easily.
Your Guest List
In general, destination weddings tend to be a little smaller than non-destination weddings – and that is usually because not everyone will be able to travel for your Big Day. This could be a plus in its way because you’ll end up surrounded by people who are dearest to you. If you want to, it is totally acceptable to throw a separate party for everyone who couldn’t be there to celebrate with you, somewhere close to home.
Typically, you are not required to pay for your guests’ meals (aside from the actual wedding food). However, you might want to show your appreciation for their effort by paying for an extra meal – like a welcome dinner or a brunch after the wedding, for example.
So, what do you have planned for your dream wedding? Is it a destination wedding? Dazzle (Event) by Andrea has experience planning both destination and non-destination weddings. We’re located in South Carolina and have just the talent and experience to help make your wedding dreams come true. Contact us today.