Destination Weddings: What Vendors Should We Bring?

Q: We're getting married in Aruba. What vendors should we bring?

A: Some resorts offer vendors that meet all your wedding-day needs, but there are two vendors you should bring with you regardless of where you're getting married, no questions asked -- your consultant and your photographer. Your consultant has been planning this event with you from the very beginning, and it is his/her job to make sure all the hard work pays off on your wedding day. It is also crucial that your photographer be someone you trust to meet your stylistic expectations. More importantly, the person capturing your special day on film should be someone you are comfortable with. In the event that your needs are not met, you'll have more recourse with a photographer in the U.S. than you will with one abroad.-- JoAnn Gregoli

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Q&A: Invitations: Destination Wedding Etiquette?

My fiance and I are getting married in Maui and know that not all the 200 guests we would like to invite will make it. When we come back home, we are going to have a reception for everyone not able to make the trip. I've read that when getting married away and returning home to a reception, you should only send out wedding invitations to those you know can and will attend the wedding, then send out separate invitations for the reception. We both feel very strongly about sending invitations to everyone and then including (at the bottom) that a reception will be held in our honor when we return. We are afraid that if we follow etiquette, we will hurt people's feelings. Do we follow the rules or do what we feel is right?

by The Knot