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Wedding Etiquette 101: Tips for Couples & Guests

Updated: Mar 25

In the world of weddings, few things rival the allure and excitement of a destination celebration. As you prepare to say "I do" with 'I Do by 2 Getaway', it's essential to navigate the etiquette of these affairs with grace and charm. So, dear brides-to-be, let's embark on a journey through the do's and don'ts of destination wedding etiquette, ensuring your special day is as magical as the destination itself.


-  Etiquette for the Couple

- Etiquette for Guests

Destination Wedding Etiquette

Destination weddings require special consideration and etiquette to ensure that both the couple and their guests have a memorable and enjoyable experience. Here are some destination wedding etiquette tips for both the couple and their guests:

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For the Couple:

1. Notify Guests Early: Send out save-the-date cards well in advance of the wedding date to give guests ample time to make travel arrangements.

2. Provide Detailed Information: Include comprehensive information about travel, accommodations, and local attractions in the wedding invitation or on a wedding website. This helps guests plan their trip and make the most of their time at the destination.

3. Respect Guests' Budgets: Choose a destination and accommodations that are within the budget of your guests. Consider offering options for accommodations at different price points to accommodate various budgets.

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4. Host Welcome Events: Consider hosting welcome events such as a welcome dinner or cocktail reception to thank guests for making the trip and kick off the wedding festivities.

5. Offer Transportation: Arrange transportation for guests between the airport, accommodations, and wedding venue to make their travel experience smoother.

6. Be Understanding: Understand that not all guests may be able to attend due to financial constraints or other commitments. Respect their decision and express your gratitude for their consideration.

7. Express Gratitude: Show your appreciation to guests for traveling to attend your destination wedding. Consider personalized welcome gifts or handwritten thank-you notes to express your gratitude.

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For the Guests:

1. RSVP Promptly: Respond to the wedding invitation as soon as possible to help the couple finalize their plans and accommodations.

2. Book Travel Early: Make travel arrangements and book accommodations as early as possible to take advantage of lower prices and ensure availability.

3. Respect the Couple's Wishes: Follow any specific instructions or requests provided by the couple regarding attire, plus ones, not bringing kids, activities, or other arrangements.

4. Arrive on Time: Arrive at the destination and wedding events on time to show respect for the couple and their special day.

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6. Enjoy the Destination: Take advantage of the opportunity to explore the destination and enjoy local attractions and activities during your stay.

7. Be Mindful of Gifts: If bringing a gift, consider shipping it to the couple's home before or after the wedding to avoid the hassle of traveling with it.

8. Avoid Being on Your Phone Chatting During the Wedding Ceremony:

Yes, we understand that the urge to capture every moment is strong, but there's a time and place for everything. Let's keep the focus on the couple exchanging their vows, rather than on the latest social media updates.

9. Please Do Not Disturb the Wedding Photographers:

Those photographers are like ninjas, stealthily capturing every candid moment and heartfelt expression. Avoid becoming an unintended photo-bomber by allowing them to work their magic undisturbed.

10. Remember, It's Their Day & Please Enjoy Responsibly:

While celebrations may involve libations, remember to drink responsibly. No one wants to be the guest remembered for all the wrong reasons! Not to mention take away this important day away from the couple.

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By following these destination wedding etiquette tips, both the couple and their guests can ensure a smooth and enjoyable experience celebrating love in a beautiful destination.

As you embark on this journey with 'I Do by 2 Getaway', remember that these etiquettes are simply guidelines to ensure that your destination wedding is everything you've ever dreamed of and more. So, let's toast to love, laughter, and happily ever after amidst the stunning backdrop of your chosen destination. Cheers to your unforgettable day!

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