Destination Weddings: Confirming Good Food?

Q: We are both big foodies and really want to have delicious food at our reception. How can we ensure that happens?

A: During your site-inspection visits, ask to sample food from the caterer or eat at the restaurant that will be catering your reception. If you've got any special requirements, this is the time to discuss them with the chef face-to-face. Ask for references from other U.S. couples who've used them, and see how satisfied they were with their overall experience. There's nothing like another recent bride to give you an honest review!-- 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