Destination Weddings: Hotel or Airline Blocks?

Q: Is it a good idea to put group blocks in place at the hotel? With the airline? What are the advantages?

A: We suggest putting group blocks in place at your hotel, but you should also encourage your guests to look online for rooms with lower rates. This is especially true if your hotel has a lot of empty rooms -- they may lower the prices significantly online just to fill the beds. For the airline, it would be better to try to get a group discount rather than a group block. On most airlines, putting in a group block means that everyone has to depart and return at the same time whereas group discounts tend to be more flexible. -- 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