Destination Weddings: Prewedding Site Inspection?

Q: Do I have to have to visit my ceremony/reception site before the wedding? Should I go more than once?

A: We firmly believe that one visit to your site before the wedding is absolutely essential -- the pictures on a website can sometimes be deceiving and it's important to know exactly what you are getting. You'll likely see something -- a view you love, a room you want to avoid, a "pool rules" sign you want temporarily removed -- that you wouldn't have noticed otherwise. Some couples also do a second visit to confirm any last-minute details or changes and to make sure everything is in order, but that isn't always necessary.-- 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