You asked, we answered. Here are 9 common questions wedding guests ask when they get the invite to your destination wedding:
1. “When should I book by?”
The couple’s wedding website should indicate your booking deadline, but if you want the most options with the best rates, it’s best to book early. Since the bride and groom need to know who is attending in order to plan seating and meals, we recommend you make your room deposit as soon as you get the invitation, but at the minimum, book at least 6 months ahead so they can plan their wedding accordingly.
2. “What’s the best way to book my trip?”
Most couples will provide you with specific booking details via their wedding website. This should include the room information and either prices or a quote form to fill out and submit to us. Amenities are based on how many rooms are booked, so making your reservations on time through the couple’s travel agent is important. It’s also important to book your rooms as soon as you know you can attend, so the couple isn’t scrambling to get things together at the last minute. Be kind, book early!
3. “How much will this cost?”
Room rates are usually posted onto the couple’s wedding website. Occasionally, instead of rates, you’ll find a quote request form. To get an accurate quote from us, you’ll need to fill out and submit the form and we’ll reply with a custom quote. The more details you can provide, like how many nights you plan on staying, or where you’re flying from, will help us give you a more accurate cost. Typically for guests, a destination wedding can cost from $1,000-$1,500 per person depending on some of the details noted above. This covers your flights, accommodations, and food/drink for 3 or 4 nights.
4. “What if I can’t afford it?”
The bride and groom understand not everyone will be able to make the trip. Just be sure to let them know as soon as you can.
5. “Is there anything that’s not included”?
Although tips are technically included in your resort package, you’ll want to bring some 1’s and 5’s for the bartenders and servers taking care of you throughout your stay. Keep in mind, your shuttle driver isn’t a part of the resort staff, so bring some cash for your transfer driver. Additional excursions or spa treatments are also not included and can be paid with a credit card at the hotel.
6. “What if I find a cheaper price online?”
We work hard to ensure you receive the best rates possible. If you do happen to find a more affordable option online, just let us know and we’ll see if we can get the same price. This allows us to include you with the rest of the wedding party, so you all get the same group benefits.
7. “What should I wear to the wedding?”
Be sure to dress light and breezy, since the air will be warm and humid. For the ladies, nice sundress or capris with sandals is ideal. For the men, khaki slacks, linen shirts, and nice sandals as well. You won’t see many suits or ties, so unless otherwise noted by the bride and groom, keep it simple. If you’re still unsure what to wear, be sure to ask the couple for suggestions.
8. “Should I bring a gift?”
Gifts are not necessary for a destination wedding. Some couples tell their guests making the trip out is a gift in itself, but a card is still a nice touch. We can always add a tour or spa treatment to the couple’s itinerary, if you want to give them something to enjoy at the resort. Otherwise, boxed gifts or cards with money should be given to them once you return home.
9. “What if I run into problems?”
The best thing to do if you run into room or flight issues is to come to us! We are available by phone or email and our travel partners have 24/7 help desks you have access to. Please avoid getting the couple involved, as they will already have enough on their plate. Just be polite and patient, and things will get worked out as soon as possible.
We hope these destination wedding FAQs helped clarify any questions you may have had. For further questions, feel free to reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org, and we’d be happy to assist!