Destination Wedding Invitation Guide

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Planning a destination wedding can be a big undertaking, but creating the perfect invitations for your special day doesn't have to be a chore. With printable DIY wedding invitation templates, it's easy to create customized invitations that suit your particular needs.

General Etiquette Tips for Destination Wedding Invitations

A destination wedding presents some special etiquette issues when creating your invitations. Consider the following tips to help the process go more smoothly.

  • Send your wedding invitations at least 10 weeks before the event. Include details regarding travel arrangements in the invitation enclosures or direct guests to your wedding website.
  • It's common for couples to forgo gifts when hosting a destination wedding, as traveling to the event can be quite expensive for guests. If this is the approach you wish to take, consider adding the phrase "The honor of your presence is the only gift we require” to your invitations or your wedding website. Otherwise, it's a good idea to include an appropriate mailing address for cards and gifts so you don't need to worry about transporting these items home after the wedding.
  • Including children in your destination wedding is generally recommended, due to the difficulty parents will have arranging childcare for this type of event. However, you are not required to invite children if you do not wish to do so. If your wedding is for adults-only, address your invitation to the adults in the household by name. Indicate on your website that no babysitting services or activities will be provided during the event.
  • For planning purposes, add a clear reply-by date to your RSVP cards. The reply-by date should be a few weeks after your invitations are sent out to allow guests time to finalize their arrangements.
  • Many couples have a second reception a few weeks after they return from their honeymoon to celebrate with extended family and friends. If you wish to have a smaller second reception, these invitations can be mailed out separately after you’ve finalized the details.

Basic Destination Wedding Invitation Wording

For a simple destination wedding invitation, the following wording would be appropriate

The pleasure of your company is requested
for a week of fun in the sun
and the marriage of
Sarah Lynn Adams
Robert James Pell
Saturday, the twenty third of May
at eleven o’clock in the morning
at the Royal Lahaina Resort
Maui, Hawaii

Beach Wedding

For a beach wedding, your invitation should reflect the relaxed vibe of your ceremony.

Together with their families
Emily Elizabeth Malta
Nathan Michael Watterson
invite you to celebrate
by putting your feet in the sand,
soaking up the sun, and raising a glass
in honor of their marriage
Sunday, the eighteenth of September
at ten o’clock in the morning
at Eden Roc Resort
Miami Beach, Florida


Love washes in like the tide
soothing the parched sand

Natalie Anne Martinson
Matthew John Walters
will be united in marriage
on Saturday, the ninth of June
two thousand sixteen
at six o'clock in the evening
Bolongo Bay Beach Resort
St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands

Hosted by the bride's parents
Dale and Debra Martinson
and by the groom's parents
Gerald and Cynthia Walters

Luau Wedding

If your destination wedding is a luau, working the dress code into your invitation is a good idea.

Laura and Eric
are tying the knot
at a luau by the sea
so wear your grass skirts and Hawaiian shirts
for fun and matrimony
Please join us as we celebrate
on Saturday, July 30, 2016
at 7:30 pm
Ko Olina Resort
Kapolei, Hawaii

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International Wedding

If you are having an international wedding, choose invitation wording that references the excitement of traveling to an exotic destination.

Come fly with us!

Please join
Ava Elizabeth Jacobs
Carter Daniel Zell
as we begin the journey of a lifetime
by uniting in marriage
Saturday, June 11, 2016
7 pm
Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts
Koh Samui, Thailand
Dinner, dancing, and merriment to follow

The honor of your presence is the only gift we require


Love is in the air!

Gabriella Jade Hobson
Brian David Nolte
request the pleasure of your company
as they celebrate their love and eternal commitment to one another
Saturday, February 27, 2016
6 pm
Four Seasons Hotel George V
Paris, France

Reception immediately following ceremony

Creating a Cohesive Look for Your Wedding Stationery

A destination wedding involves many details to communicate your guests. Save money while creating a cohesive look for your wedding stationery by utilizing the wide range of coordinating designs from The Printable Wedding. Whether you're looking for matching save the date cards, wedding programs, or thank you notes, our professionally designed graphics make it easy to create the perfect look for your special day.

Written by: The Printable Wedding Team