Yayy! Your bestie/loved one is getting married. The icing on the cake? It is a destination wedding! Not only does this mean that you can look forward to your bestie or dear one getting married but it also doubles up as a built in vacation. Attending a destination wedding also comes with certain amount of preparation and heads up before your pack your bags.
Being a seasoned destination wedding attendee, here’s some of my personal advice and guest etiquette to read up on before you attend that destination wedding.
RSVP To The Wedding.
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This should be a given, when you receive an invite take two days off and make a strong decisions if you are going to attend or not. It is completely fine to say No. It’s important for the host to have a head count of the guests attending the wedding. Make sure to keep up the commitment and don’t bail out in the last minute. This will only leave the couple with unnecessary expense.
Book Your Travel Early
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Once you have made the decision, book your tickets well in advance. Not only can you save yourself from a last minute price hike but this will also will help you plan your itinerary better. Make sure you don’t skip travel insurance.
Usually the stay during the course of wedding will be taken care of by the host but it is advisable to check before hand.
Make A Holiday Out of It
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If the wedding is in a destination you haven’t visited then you should totally make a holiday out of it! Since you would be spending a huge amount on travelling anyway, you might as well extend the dates and explore the location.
What To Wear
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It is important to be dressed right for the occasion. Always check with your host, though its usually specified on the invite if there is a dress code the couple would want you to follow.
Destination weddings are typically held in warm location so make sure you choose your clothes appropriately.
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Ladies! I would like to give you a little heads up here. As fancy as a beach wedding sounds, it comes with its own hitches.
Blow-drying your hair for the wedding? Bad idea!! your hair will get super frizzy minutes into the beach wedding. Try to do an updo or have your hair tied so the wind doesn’t bother you.
The humidity will have your makeup literally dripping off your face. Make sure to carry blotting paper and compact to keep your makeup in place.
The heavy lehengas you have been planning to wear? The heat and sweat will make you want to get rid of your lehengas ASAP. Carry dresses that can be easily moved around with.
Ditch your heels. You don’t want your heels sinking into the sand as you walk. Opt for wedges or platform heels.
What Not To Post
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Don’t post pictures of the wedding on social media. The couple might not want their wedding broadcasted all over social media. I would say turn off your phone and put it away so you’re refrained from taking pictures. Let the professional photographers do their job. Enjoy the moment. Your new profile picture can wait.
Partying It Right.
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One of the the best built in features of a wedding is the open bar. A combination of being in a holiday mood and free drinks usually pushes people overboard. Don’t get drunk on the first day, so much so that you can’t make it to the following ceremonies. Trust me! I have seen this happen so many times at a destination wedding. So, the key to enjoying a destination wedding is to balance out your partying and drinking evenly through out the stay.
To Hook up? or Not to hook up?
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One of the places to find cute boys is of course at a wedding. Being in a exotic location with the drinks flowing in, it’s almost natural to get carried away. But here is where I want to slip in a piece of advice. Usually a destination wedding is with limited number of guests, so the stories of what went down last night tends to come back in circles. You might want to double check with who you are hooking up with. The last thing you would want is to be in a awkward situation in this built in vacation.
Don’t Bother The Host With Your Problems
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The couple would be busy in their own preparations for the wedding, so don’t bother or trouble them with your issues. Usually, the host allots a person to keep you in loop about the events, travel and accommodation. Be in touch with the associated person.
Destination weddings are super fun when planned right. The best way to make full use out of it, is to live in the moment. So don’t be stuck to the bar, and ditch your phones to enjoy the little pleasures.