Most couples opt to have their wedding close to their current home or their hometown, but hosting a destination wedding has gained popularity in recent years. When you decide to travel to a destination wedding, you need to make sure to follow these tips and rules of etiquette when attending this kind of wedding.
Assume the costs
When you’re invited to a destination wedding, expect to pay for all of the obvious expenses like traveling to the actual location, lodging, and meals. If that is going to be too much of a financial burden for you, have an open and honest conversation with the couple about your reservations.
Make sure to RSVP
If you do decide to go, make sure to let the couple know your definite plans and within the requested time frame. It’s a good idea to tell them you’ll be attending as soon as you decide and begin making the reservations. Once you do RSVP, don’t back out. Every guest on their list will cost the bride and groom money, so if you tell them you’ve committed, make sure you get there.
Don’t invite more than what is specified on the invitation
If you’re allowed a plus one on the invitation, make sure to let the couple know who you’ll be bringing. It’s assumed, unless they specify otherwise, that children won’t be invited to the ceremony. If you want to bring more people to your vacation, such as friends or family that weren’t invited to the ceremony, it can get more complicated. Make sure they understand the main reason that you’re going and block out the time you’ll be at the ceremony and reception. Just because you’ll probably use this time as a vacation doesn’t mean the couple should have to pay for more guests.
Bring a gift
Some believe that if you make it to a destination wedding, then you aren’t expected to bring a gift, but this just isn’t a good idea. It doesn’t need to be an extravagant gift, but you should make sure you have something for the couple.
Ask about social media
Before you ever get to the wedding, ask them if they mind if guests post to social media sites like Facebook and Instagram. It shouldn’t be assumed that just because you were invited that you should post anything about the actual wedding on the day, it’s happening.