The Dos and Don'ts of Attending a Destination Wedding
Destination weddings aren't a new trend, but they're becoming hotter by the year, as more couples seek to make their special day as unforgettable as possible. While this can provide an exciting opportunity for their guests to explore a new region, the practice has its pitfalls. Read on to learn more about what to expect from this celebration within a vacation.
What To Expect
Higher costs. While a traditional wedding often requires some travel expense, a destination wedding isn't just more expensive for the bride and groom—guests are expected to pay for their own airfare, lodging, and meals outside of the wedding reception.
Events galore. There will likely be a welcoming event, a rehearsal dinner, the ceremony and reception, and often a day-after brunch.
Having a good plan. That being said, don't rely too heavily on the bride and groom. Often, they'll have a wedding website set up with details on accommodations and directions.
How To Prepare
Pack accordingly. As mentioned above, there will be a lot of events to attend. Be sure to pack for each one.
Plan ahead. Don't wait until the last minute to make travel arrangements. The bride and groom are counting on you.
Budget. Plan for this as you would any other vacation. That's what it is, after all, so you might as well make the most of it!
Read the invitation carefully. Generally, the names on the invitation are the names of the people invited. If your children's names aren't included, or if there's no "plus-one," it probably wasn't an accident.
Check the wedding website for a registry. For destination weddings, it's often acceptable to simply bring a congratulatory card. If there's a registry, however, then gifts are clearly expected.
Ask about social media. Before posting to Facebook or Instagram, ask the bride and groom if it's all right to share pictures of their special day online.
What Not To Do
Talk outside the circle. It's bad form to talk about the destination wedding to mutual friends who weren't invited. Save the celebration for those who were included.
Leave early. You've come all this way to spend time with this couple, so make the most of it.
Make a scene. This isn't the time to let your freak flag fly. Let the focus be on the couple and their celebration.