Can We Have a Small Beach Destination Wedding and a Big Party When We Return?

Etiquette
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Do you and your fiancé have different ideas of what your dream wedding looks like? Picturing a destination wedding on the beach while he'd rather host a huge bash back home? Couples don't always agree on all wedding planning aspects—that's why our wedding experts are here to answer your toughest questions.

My fiancé wants a giant wedding and reception; I prefer a small beach wedding with family. To compromise, I suggested going away for an intimate ceremony and then throwing a big bash when we return. Is my plan tacky? I don't want it to look like we're just in it for the gifts.

Not at all. Many couples who opt to have a small destination wedding throw a larger celebration when they return home. It's a good way to involve friends and family who couldn't make it to the ceremony. Also, a wedding invitation is just that—an invitation to a celebration, not a request for presents; go ahead and have the wedding of your dreams and the reception that your fiancé wants.

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