Destination Weddings: How to Plan a Destination Wedding?

Q: I live in New Jersey and plan to have a private wedding ceremony in the Dominican Republic. I don't know how to proceed in terms of getting the marriage license and planning with a wedding resort. Any ideas?

A: Your best bet is to contact a resort in the Dominican Republic that does weddings, and then leave it to the experts, planning the entire thing through them. Many Caribbean resorts host weddings and can take care of everything, from getting paperwork done (making sure you get the license on time and are in the country long enough to make the wedding legal) to booking the officiant, the photographer, the cake, even the champagne. Do some research online, or call a travel agent to ask about Dominican Republic resorts. Then sit back, relax, and get married!


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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