The first important etiquette rule for destination weddings is to send the save-the-dates and formal invitations early and allow your guests enough time to RSVP. While the save-the-date cards should be sent 6 to 8 months before the wedding, formal wedding invitations are to be delivered about 4 to 3 months ahead. Make sure to provide detailed information about all the planned events, transportation, accommodation and the dress code either in the formal invitation or on your wedding website.
Etiquette suggests that hosts should organise and pay for a warm welcome party, rehearsal dinner, wedding reception and breakfast or brunch after the wedding. Couples are also encouraged to prepare welcoming gifts and organise a group activity such as a guided tour or wine tasting and cover the transport from the airport to the hotel (if your guests are flying internatioanlly) as well as to and from the wedding venue. The bride should cover the accommodation costs for the bridesmaids, while the groom should pay for his groomsmen.
The guests should pay for their flights, accommodation and any food, drinks or activities which are not organised by the couple. Guests should also purchase a wedding gift, while the bride and groom are encouraged to welcome them with small gifts in return which could be goodie bag inspired by the destination and filled with useful things the guests can use during their stay.
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