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weddingDon’t let logistics get in the way of your dream destination wedding. Our wedding etiquette experts weigh in on how to plan a drama-free getaway.

What’s more romantic than jetting off to a beautiful location for a destination wedding? Having your friends and family there to celebrate with you! Destination weddings are a festive way to say “I do,” whether it’s on a tropical island or across the ocean in a foreign country, but they also pose tricky logistical problems. Brides and grooms often have to figure out how to pay for their bridal party’s accommodations or narrow down a guest list. We asked our wedding etiquette experts how to navigate the line between exotic and expensive to help you have a destination wedding to remember.

My fiancé wants a giant wedding and reception; I prefer a small beach wedding with family. To compromise, I suggested going away for an intimate ceremony and then throwing a big bash when we return. Is my plan tacky? I don’t want it to look like we’re just in it for the gifts.

Not at all. Many couples who opt to have a small destination wedding throw a larger celebration when they return home. It’s a good way to involve friends and family who couldn’t make it to the ceremony. Also, a wedding invitation is just that—an invitation to a celebration, not a request for presents; go ahead and have the wedding of your dreams and the reception that your fiancé wants.

How much information goes in a destination wedding invitation?

When choosing your invitations, order reply cards that list each hosted event; that way, guests will understand the overall structure and the events you’re paying for, and get a sense of how much of the trip they’ll have to finance. You’ll also want to include separate cards that explain the accommodation situation. The wording can go something like this: “We have arranged for group rates at two local hotels: the Pleasant Arms (moderate; 888-888-8888) and the Gracious Inn (deluxe; 777-777-7777). When calling for reservations, be sure to mention the Burton/Khan wedding.”

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