Destination Weddings: Transporting Welcome Bags?

Q: I'd really love to do welcome bags for my guests, but what's the best way to get them to my destination in the Caribbean?

A: Shipping welcome bags to your location by mail is always an option, but beware of expensive shipping costs and duty taxes. We recommend enlisting the help of close friends and family to transport bags (keep them small!) to your location. Pack them well in a box and have someone (or a few people) bring them as checked bags. Make sure your volunteers help you pack the boxes so they can answer the "did you pack all your bags yourself?" question truthfully. You'll also want to make sure you bring extra materials with you, as bags, ribbons, tags etc may get smooshed in transit.-- 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