Destination Wedding: Etiquette & Tips

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So you’ve decided – you are having a destination wedding! You always dreamed of getting married on a beautiful beach, with the big blue ocean creating amazing scenery for your picture perfect wedding day. And with luck, you have considered Cabo San Lucas for your nuptials J. Kidding aside, now you must consider some important tips and etiquette for your guests, as they will be travelling for YOU.

Save the date! As soon as you know the date and location of your destination wedding, send out your save the dates. This will give your guests a heads up on the location of your wedding so they can plan ahead. Consider an email version like the picture below:

Pictures by Sara Richardson. Design by Rocio de la Cruz

Your guest list. Don’t invite everyone you know just because you think they won’t show up! This is a common mistake, brides tend to over invite thinking less than 40% of guest will fly to see you get married. The truth of the matter is that your wedding might also be a great excuse for a vacation!  Plus who wouldn’t want to travel to see you get married? Consider that anywhere from 55-75% of your guest list will show up.

Wedding Website. Consider making a wedding website on sites like It’s a perfect place to share information with your wedding guests about the destination like hotels, restaurants, things to do, weekend events, etc.

Gifts and Registry. Keep in mind that if someone is travelling to your wedding, their actual gift might be to travel for you. Don’t add your registry information in your invitation so that it doesn’t look like you are demanding gifts. Instead consider adding it in your wedding webpage and don’t expect gifts.

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