Destination Weddings: Reputable Vendor?

Q:

The in-house wedding coordinator at my resort keeps recommending vendors, but how do I know if they're really reputable?

A:

The best way to gauge whether a vendor is reputable regardless of what your in-house coordinator says (your taste may be different) is to ask to see his/her work. Make sure you're satisfied with what you see, and before making any final decisions, ask the vendor for American references -- other brides and grooms who have worked with them in the past. Then make those couples' experiences were picture perfect before signing on the dotted line.

-- 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