We're Having a Destination Wedding — Is Registering for Gifts Asking Too Much?

destination wedding etiquette

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Nothing's more romantic than jetting off to a beautiful location for your wedding. But whether you're marrying on a tropical island or across the ocean in a foreign country, destination weddings pose some tricky logistical problems. If your guests will be spending a significant amount of money to attend your nuptials, is it too much to also register for wedding gifts? Our wedding etiquette experts are here to answer your destination-wedding questions in our daily post.

We're having a destination wedding — is registering for gifts asking too much from our guests?

Not at all. When there's a wedding, people will want to give gifts, regardless if the ceremony is taking place near or far. Just keep in mind that many guests will be dropping a significant amount of cash on plane tickets and hotel rooms, so it's important to fill your registry with affordable items from a wide range of stores. Ideally, your guests should mail their gift to you before the wedding (there's no need to bring your present on the plane!); they can also mail it to you within a month after you return from your honeymoon. (It's a myth that guests have a year to give a wedding present.)

Also, because of the distance, there will likely be friends and family members who can't make it to the wedding but will certainly want to buy you a gift. (With destination weddings, you can expect fewer RSVPs—about 50 perfect say they will attend—than a local wedding.) So grab your fiancé and head to mall!

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