Updated: Feb 13
Photo: Alyssa Reinhold Photography
Few wedding-related things can be as confusing and daunting as wedding etiquette is. With so many things changing from one year to another, it is perfectly understandable why you might feel that you aren’t really grasping the full spectrum of wedding etiquette rules.
For instance, if you want to have a destination wedding in the Colorado Mountains, do you know what etiquette rules you should apply?
We have some tips for you – so read on and find out more.
· The Save the Date cards must be sent early. Normally, you would send these about three to four months prior to the wedding date. However, since your guests must make travel arrangements, you should give them a bit more time – so it is highly recommended that you send out the Save the Dates about twelve to eight months before the Big Day.
· You really don’t have to pay for your bridesmaids’ and groomsmen’s travel expenses. Etiquette does not oblige you to do this. However, you might want to do it, to show your appreciation for the love these people have shown you. Alternatively, you should try to be considerate about these expenses (e.g. find good deals for their flights and accommodations).
· Your invitations should include a wedding website. With destination weddings it is important to include as much information as possible for your guests. We suggest including potential accommodation options, maps, GPS coordinates, timelines and itineraries. Anything information you think your guests might need to get to your wedding.
· Expect less people to RSVP with a positive response. Not a lot of your guests will be able to travel far distances for your wedding, so you should normally expect your wedding to be smaller and more intimate. That’s OK, though – it is totally acceptable to throw a larger party for everyone who couldn’t make it to the wedding!
· This is not an etiquette tip per se, but you should keep it in mind: traveling with your wedding dress can be delicate. If the dress is large and complex, you might want to buy an extra seat on the plane and allow it to rest there. Also, do keep in mind to unwrap it and steam it as soon as you get to your hotel!
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