As your guests will be travelling abroad for your wedding you will need to make sure they are fully informed. From the moment your guests receive your invitation it shapes the way they view your wedding, so here are a few of our top tips to help make their experience as enjoyable and hassle-free as possible.
Destination weddings pose a unique set of challenges not applicable to weddings that bit closer to home. When planning your wedding abroad consider the following etiquette guidelines;
- Your guests will need plenty of notice to book time off work and make the necessary travel arrangements ( which can often be quite pricy ), be sure to send your save the dates six months in advance of your big day. This will give your guests plenty of time to prepare for the event, given such time increases the odds of your nearest and dearest being able to attend your special day.
- Keep your destination wedding guest-list streamlined. Don’t send out invites to everyone you know assuming that most won’t show up. Nearly 70 % of people invited to a destination wedding will attend.
- Destination weddings can prove expensive for your guests. While they’ll more than likely be responsible for their own transport and accommodation, make sure they don’t have to pay for any wedding related events once they reach their destination. Pay for their meals at the wedding and reception dinner. You don’t want your family and friends resenting a surprise financial burden. Try to provide your guest with affordable options for both nearby accommodation and transportation. Even though you’re not paying, your researching efforts will be very much appreciated.
- Perhaps consider gifting your guests a welcome basket or token of appreciation when they arrive. Show them that you really cherish their efforts taken to spend your special day with you.