Wedding guest tips: Destination weddings

23rd August, 2013

Wedding guest tips: Destination weddings

Destination weddings are as popular as the traditional ones nowadays, and they come with etiquette to be observed too! As a destination wedding guest, you’ll have to know what will be expected of you before you start packing your bags. Here are some of them:

Stop complaining.

If you’ve RSVP’d with a “yes”,  do not complain (you’ve already lost that right when you said “yes”). Make sure to find out how much it will cost you before you respond to the RSVP.  If you are close with the couple, you might need to save some money to make sure you can afford the travel and other expenses. However, don’t just let the budget bring it all down. You can treat the whole thing as your much-needed holiday too!

Decline respectfully.

If you are unable to attend the wedding because of financial reasons, RSVP no and send the card back on time. You can write a separate note to explain why you can’t come, but, don’t go into the budget details. Focus your message on how happy you are for them. If there are pre-wedding events that you were also invited to, attend them if you are available. Don’t forget to send the bride and groom a gift even if you are not attending their big day.

Research and educate yourself.

Going to another country for the first time? Whether that’s in Istanbul or Jamaica, it will be best if you can research and educate yourself about the place, local customs, dress codes and language. You wouldn’t want to get detained in an unfamiliar place because of some misunderstanding, so brush up on the local customs and learn a little of the language. “Thank you” and “please” can go a loooong way, especially in a foreign land.

Be prepared.

Make a checklist of all the things you need. Confirm your hotel accommodations and check with the maid of honor (or the assigned wedding coordinator) if your wedding attire is appropriate. Like any holiday, the key to a stress-free travel to a destination wedding is good planning.

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