Destination weddings and US-based weddings are inherently different. With a plethora of sun-soaked resorts and majestic venues at your fingertips, there are many available options to elevate your wedding ceremony. However, with extra factors such as airfare and travel accommodations, what is the proper etiquette for a destination wedding in comparison to a local wedding? Here are our answers to achieving high-quality courtesy:
Who pays for what at a destination wedding?
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The Wedding: Both parental sides of the aisle usually pitch in, but they are not obligated to.
Rehearsal Dinner: Rehearsal dinners are typically covered by the parents, with food, drinks, and reservation space included in their bill.
The Wedding: Many couples choose to pay for a destination wedding over their parents, but parents can still pay for a portion of the cost.
Hotel and Airfare: You are more than welcome to pay for your friends’ and family’s hotel and airfare, but are not required to. If you have the money, great! If not, don’t feel obligated to scrape the bank account.
If a guest needs financial assistance due to recent major expenses or other financial stress, you can pick up the bill and keep it private.
Pre/Post-Wedding Activities: Looking into hosting a dazzling sunset cruise or delectable private brunch? You might have to foot the bill. On the bright side, hosting a major group event will allow your guests to mingle and get to know each other before the week of a lifetime. However, many deluxe wedding packages will include a welcome party as an inclusion in the upfront charge.
Travel: As mentioned above, guests will most likely be required to pay for their own airfare and for their room, which will include all of their food and drinks.
Extra Accommodations: Perhaps your guests desire a late-night steak and lobster dinner, or even a private wine tasting. Since these activities aren’t directly connected to your wedding week, it’ll be up to them to pay for the expenses.
Who gets invited to a destination wedding?
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Do you give a gift at a destination wedding?
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Here are some simple, yet elegant recommended gift options:
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Do you have to give wedding favors to guests?
Whether you’re tying the knot or throwing the rice, basic destination wedding etiquette goes a long way. Following the above tips, though optional, will calm the tides of planning and help you enjoy your enchanting wedding week. Because in these times, we all deserve a seamless celebration.
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