Destination Weddings: Will My Marriage Be Recognized?

Q: If we get married on a beach in the Caribbean, will my marriage be recognized in the US?

A: First, it is important to note that each island has its own marriage requirements. Before departing for your destination, make sure you know the requirements for your specific island so you bring the appropriate documents with you.In general, marriages that are legally performed and valid abroad are also valid in the United States. If you are unsure of the marriage requirements on your island or want to make sure that your marriage will be recognized upon your return to the U.S., contact the attorney general of the state where you live. For marriage requirements in some of the most popular destination wedding locales, check out our complete guide to destination weddings.Though your ocean-side marriage will be legally recognized in the US, it may not be recognized by certain religious sects. Some Christian denominations, for example, require that marriages be performed in a church. Check with your religious leader to be sure your destination wedding ceremony adheres to your specific spiritual guidelines.-- 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