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Every bride and groom wants to have their closest friends and family members around them when they get married. However, because of the time required to be a part of a destination wedding, it's wise and polite to consider whether you're best friends will be able to meet these requirements when choosing your destination wedding party. You don't want any hurt feelings.
Wedding parties for a destination wedding are generally much smaller than for a traditional, hometown wedding. Often, having a Maid or Matron of Honor and a Best Man are sufficient. Wedding etiquette dictates that the wedding couple should pay the travel expenses of the wedding party. Generally, this includes airfare, accommodations, food, and transportation. Sightseeing and non-wedding activities are the individual's responsibility. When inviting the person to be a part of your wedding, be sure to point out that you will be paying their travel expenses, so that there's no confusion. Give the wedding party members as much advance notice as possible so that they can take time off from work, arrange for childcare, and cover other obligations.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|