Destination Wedding Invites Etiquette: Cheat Sheet

Navigating through the wedding waters (beautiful, blue, pristine waters in our case) is tough without having to steer through proper wedding etiquette. It can be even more complicated if you’re planning a destination wedding as they come with their own set of rules, which can be archaic and complex.  Don’t worry, we’re here to help you! We turned to Jervon Mackey of JM Platinum Weddings & Events to help you with any questions you might have when deciding who to invite to your wedding in the beautiful Islands Of The Bahamas.

Q: What is the etiquette regarding who you should invite to a destination wedding? If someone attended your bridal shower are you obligated to invite them to your wedding?

A: Most destination wedding guest lists consist of close family and friends, people you can't see yourself getting married without. If an invitation was extended to someone to attend your bridal shower it would be an insult not to invite them to your wedding.

Q: How far in advance do you recommend sending out wedding invitations?

A: Destination wedding invitations should be sent out to guests 10-12 weeks before the big day.

Q: Should a “Save the Date” be included? Or should it be sent separately?

A: Save the Dates should be sent separately from the formal wedding invitation. The Save the Date invite goes out as soon as you set the date for your wedding. This gives the guests enough time to plan their travel arrangements and request time off from work.

Q: Should your destination wedding invitation compliment the venue? For example, if you’re having your wedding in Eleuthera, should there be pineapples on your invite?

A: Yes! You can be as creative as you wish when it comes to selecting and designing your destination wedding invitations. However, I always suggest keeping the invitation clean, classy, and elegant. The Save the Dates and the wedding invitation set the tone for what's to come. Your goal is to give the guest that wow factor and excitement for your event.

Q: What should a destination wedding invite include?

A: A destination wedding invitation style can range from fun and beachy to formal and elegant. So, to make sure your wedding invitation doesn't look like a travel brochure, I'd recommend creating a wedding URL and using it on the invitation, on this website you can update the guest about travel information, group hotel rates, and much more. Or you can have a separate card from the invitation informing guests about the events leading up to the big day, for example: A welcome dinner, A family & friend’s day on the beach, or a post-wedding brunch, etc.

Q: If you wanted an adults-only wedding, what would you recommend placing on the invite, if anything?

A: There are two ways you can inform your guest that your wedding is for adults only. The inner envelope should be addressed to only those invited or you can add the wording "adults only" to your reception insert card. Some say that this way may be a bit insulting to your guest, however, it's the easiest way to indicate that your big day is for adults only.  

Once you've said yes to forever, and decided on your Bahamas destination wedding, let our Wedding Experts help you through the waters, or you can visit our Romance page (if you're a DIY-er) to plan your special day!