The dos and don’ts of destination wedding stationery

Perfect weather, a more intimate celebration, less stress – no wonder more and more couples choose to get married abroad! But traditional wedding invitation etiquette doesn’t really work for a destination wedding. To help you get organised for the dream wedding you want, here’s our guide to stationery for your wedding abroad.

Vintage Travel Destination Wedding


Send Save the Date cards as early as possible once you have confirmed the guest list, date and location. With weddings abroad, you need to give your guests plenty of time to plan, save up and make their travel arrangements. 8 – 12 months in advance is a good timescale to aim for.

Full invitations can then be sent about 8 weeks before the big day.

Invitations for a party/celebration back home after the wedding should be sent at the same time as the wedding invitations.

Destination Wedding Wording

For your main wedding invitations, you can use the same wording as you would for a wedding in the UK – the only difference being the location.

Here’s an example of a fairly traditional invitation wording for a destination wedding with the bride and groom hosting:

Miss Nicola Jones and Mr James Hickman
request the pleasure of
at their marriage
at Turtle Beach Resort, Barbados.
on Saturday 27th August 2016
at 4pm

But as destination weddings are anything but traditional, you may want to do something more original:

Sun, sea and romance!
Nicola Jones and James Hickman
are getting married at Turtle Beach Resort, Barbados.
on Saturday 27th August 2016
at 4pm
we hope you can join us to celebrate

For a party/celebration after a wedding abroad:

Nicola Jones and James Hickman
will be married on 27th August in Barbados.
Please join us for a party to celebrate
at The Ramada Hotel,
Habberley Road, Bewdley
on Saturday 24th September 2016
at 7pm


Organise your guest list early. Get to work on who will be invited to the wedding and/or the party as soon as possible and make decisions about whether children and plus ones are included too.

Send separate Save the Date cards for the reception/party back home after the wedding (if you are having one). These will need different wording so that there is no confusion about who is invited to what.

Consider using an invitation bundle or pocketfold style which includes the invite, rsvp and guest information card together in a stylish package.

Rustic Lace Destination Wedding

Create a wedding website. This makes it really easy to make lots of information available for your guests. As well as information about the location – accommodation, things to do in the area, you can also include updates on your wedding plans and details for the big day itself. Many couples choose to organise events for friends and family around the wedding date – beach barbecue, sightseeing trip, post-wedding brunch – and a website keeps all the information together.

Include any additional events on your rsvp cards. It will make your planning so much easier.


Send Save the Date cards to anyone unless you are 100% sure you will be inviting them.

Ignore close family/friends who have told you they can’t attend after you sent save the dates. If you are not having a reception at home and sending them an invite for that, then it’s a nice gesture to send them a wedding invitation anyway with a little note saying how sorry you are they won’t be with you.

Turn your invitations into a massive information pack. You don’t need to include every last bit of information with your invite. Keep it special by only sending the invite itself, rsvp card (+ envelope) and a single guest information card. Refer your guests to your wedding website for extra details about things like accommodation, resort guide and things to do.

Simply put “No gifts” on your invitations. Add a little note in your guest information card saying how much you appreciate people joining you for your wedding and that their presence is the only gift you require.


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