Cheryl Seidel, etiquette expert, and regular contributing writer for the Huffington Post, shares her expert advice on the do’s and don’t’s of destination weddings. Destination weddings have become increasingly popular and what’s not to love about combining a fun, memorable wedding with a fabulous honeymoon?! We’ve discovered several reasons that couples are choosing a destination wedding over a local wedding:

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1. It’s easier. A destination wedding can be easy to plan. Many wedding planners specialize in destination weddings and can plan the entire weekend. Also, many venues have become wedding specialists, with full-service ceremony packages and on-site wedding coordinators to help plan the big day, which can help reduce wedding planning stress.

2. Ease any family issues. any problems can be solved with a destination wedding. Sometimes relationships are complicated and family situations may not be ideal. Also, if each set of parents has a different opinion about the style and location of the wedding, a destination wedding may be something to consider.

3. You can start the honeymoon early. Just arriving at your destination is sure to put you in a relaxed mood as the pre-wedding festivities begin. Many hotels offer automatic upgrades to the bride and groom on their wedding night, and you may be able to negotiate an extended minimoon at a reduced rate after the guests have gone home.

4. Enjoy quality time with loved ones. Destination weddings are a great excuse to plan an unforgettable family getaway to commemorate a very special occasion.

5. You’ll share a locale you love. Part of the joy of a destination wedding is showing off a place that has special meaning to you, be it bringing friends and family back to a beloved college campus, sharing where you took your first vacation as a couple or finally going to a locale you’ve always dreamed of visiting.

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Who Pays?

Whether you’re having your wedding on lush tropical island or at a secluded mountain hideaway- you may be wondering who covers certain expenses. Though the costs of destination weddings are shared in the same way as any other wedding, there are additional things to consider since there are added expenses such as transportation, meals, and accommodations that may not be part of a hometown wedding.

Wedding Expenses
Customarily, a wedding is paid for by the bride’s family and this practice can stand true for a destination wedding as well. But as you know, traditions are evolving and couples and their families are sharing expenses in a variety of ways. Before any planning is done, we recommend that the couple meet with all parties involved to determine exactly how costs will be divided.

Guests’ Expenses
It is the responsibility of your guests to pay for their lodging and transportation for a destination wedding. As soon as you have your date and location reserved, we suggest sending out “Save the Date” cards. Try to do this at least 6-9 months in advance and be sure to include information about the destination and hotel accommodations. This will give your guests plenty of time to plan their trip and will ensure they have the opportunity to get the best travel rates.

Furthermore, guests’ typically pay for their own meals during a destination wedding. In addition to the rehearsal dinner and wedding reception, we love the idea of hosting extra events such as a welcome dinner or farewell brunch. After all, your guests have likely traveled a long way and have invested time and money to celebrate with you!

When you mail out your wedding invitations, include information about all planned wedding events so guests know what activities are prearranged as well as which meals will be covered during their stay. You may want to consider adding these events to your response card so that your guests can RSVP for all events at one time.

Wedding Party’ Expenses
The wedding party’s expenses are shared in the same way for both hometown and destination weddings. Traditionally, attendants are responsible for their own transportation to the wedding as well as their wedding attire and accessories. It is the duty of the couple to cover the cost of accommodations for their wedding party. However, it seems that many couples today are expecting the attendants to pay for their own accommodations for a destination wedding. We feel this cost should be included in the wedding budget. Kindly take into consideration the travel expenses and be upfront with your attendants about the costs so there are no questions about who is paying for what. When you ask your bridesmaids or groomsmen to stand up with you, let them know the location of wedding, exact dates you’d like them there, and confirm which of the expenses you will be covering. And as we mentioned about the guests- if at all possible, help cover the cost of some of your attendant’s meals.

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Post was in collaboration with etiquette expert Cheryl Seidel of Registry Finder

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Regina and Kris are one lucky couple! They won their wedding on Style Unveiled and were able to have their dream wedding planned by Davia Lee Events. Which incorporated rentals from Tahoe Unveiled vendor Camelot Party Rentals and a ceremony and reception at the gorgeous Chateau in Incline Village. Their prize also included photography by  Danielle Poff Photography  who provided the gallery below.

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Regina explains their venue, The Chateau ~
Kris and I met at a lakefront wedding, so we wanted to recapture the day we met in Lake Tahoe. We love visiting Incline Village, because it’s close to home. We found The Chateau and liked that you could see Lake Tahoe from certain windows, yet we also loved the wooded, deep in the forest feel. It sits up higher in the mountains and has a great view. We loved the view, the location, the rustic fireplace and beams on ceiling, the chandeliers, and that it was nestled in the woods.

The Chateau in Incline Village did all the catering. We loved the food. From the appetizers during cocktail hour to the dinner. A definite five stars for us. My favorite was actually the specialty cocktails! A traditional vanilla vodka espresso martini with chocolate drizzle and a Moscow Mule with candied ginger garnish. Kris had the New York Steak for dinner …. perfectly cooked. The potatoes au gratin were creamy and rich and paired perfectly with the steak. I had the ricotta and spinach stuffed shells in a tomato puree. I’m an Italian food lover, so these were a personal favorite. My mom had the pistachio crusted chicken, also delicious!

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Advice from the Bride ~
Plan the day around your style and your fairytale dreams. Try to pick your top ‘must haves’ and plan the rest around those decisions.  For us it was important to have all our friends and family there and the location.  Once you are there and in the moment don’t worry about anything else except the love in the room and the celebration!  It is a day of love and commitment and that is the most important thing.  Definitely get it on video … it goes by too quickly!  We used Joel VanZ and didn’t even notice he was filming … yet we know he captured some amazing memories.  Do the first look! It was so intimate and special.  Hire a wedding coordinator.  I don’t know how it could be done any other way … seriously!

Lake Tahoe wedding vendors:
Wedding Venue and Catering : The Chateau in Incline Village | Photographer : Danielle Poff Photography | Wedding Coordination and Design : Davia Lee Events | Event Rentals : Camelot Party Rentals and Embellish Vintage Rentals | Wedding Stationery : Copper Willow Paper Studio | Florist : Twigss Floral Studio | Linen Rentals : Creative Coverings | Wedding Cake : Delicious Designs | Makeup Stylist : All Dolled Up | Hair Stylist : Crystal Reyes | Reception Music : Shockproof Mobile DJ | Bride’s Dress : Alfred Angelo | Bridesmaid Dresses : Swoon Bridal

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With a few close friends and family this sweet couple from Atlanta exchanged their wedding vows. The garden at the Hyatt Lake Tahoe in Incline Village was a perfect setting for this intimate ceremony, with the colorful autumn leaves and warm light. Captured by the talented  annie X photographie, this Lake Tahoe wedding ceremony is not to be missed.

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Lake Tahoe Wedding Vendors:
Photographer:  annie X photographie | Event Venue: Hyatt Lake Tahoe | Tuxedo and Mens Attire: JCrew | Officiant: Rev. David Beronio

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Anita Martin Photography captured Lindsey and Gordon’s wedding celebration on the shores of Lake Tahoe at Chamber’s Landing in Homewood. The contemporary beach wedding incorporated elegant, nautical elements and an American bistro style menu from  As You Wish Catering. This wedding shows Tahoe at its best and is not to be missed!

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I made my way to Homewood, Lake Tahoe for Lindsey and Gordon’s Chambers Landing wedding. The pine trees stood tall in the late summer sun. The alpine lake just beyond the venue was still and peaceful, blue as ever, and awe inspiring.

I first spoke with Lindsey about her wedding at the Barn and Chambers Landing last year. We chatted about her little dog and her new home in San Francisco. She was building a new life here in California with her then fiancé, Gordon. I was honored to photograph her welcome dinner the night before the wedding day. Her parents filled me in on their week in Tahoe. They just celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary the week prior and Lindsey and Gordon took them out to dinner to celebrate. Gordon’s parents were equally as lovely, smiling and making the rounds with their closest family and friends. They invited everyone to the big welcome dinner to start the wedding weekend off with a bang!

When I arrived at the cabin the following morning I knew the day would be amazing. Lindsey was so calm, gracious, and her sweet demeanor kept the day’s pace enjoyable. She had planned her wedding to perfection and once she finally laid her eyes on Gordon I could tell she was thoroughly enjoying herself. Gordon had a great time with his friends from Duke and Lindsey’s bridesmaids surrounded her with so much love and support.

It was a sentimental day, one for the history books. Congratulations to the very happy couple! I wish Lindsey and Gordon the very best in their new life together as husband and wife.

Lake Tahoe Wedding Vendors:
Photographer : Anita Martin Photography | Wedding Venue: Chambers Landing, Homewood, Lake Tahoe | Wedding Coordinator and Florist : Jiosia Designs | Officiant: Rev. Dr. James L Vande Berg (Bride’s Uncle) | Music : ALL IN (Cherie Shipley from Lake Tahoe Entertainment) | Caterer: As You Wish Catering | Cake Baker : Cake Tahoe | Hair and Make-up Styling : Love is in the Hair

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Sugar Bowl Resort, known for world-class skiing and nestled atop Donner Summit near Lake Tahoe, offers expansive views, private settings and a weekend destination wedding unlike any other. Not just for the avid skiers, Sugar Bowl is a Lake Tahoe wedding venue for any couple looking for a true mountain wedding. Accommodating weddings up to 500 guests, indoor and outdoor locations, three different sites and lodging for 80 people.

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Perched high atop Tahoe’s Donner Summit, Sugar Bowl Ski Resort has been a historic Tahoe destination since 1939. Known for world-class skiing and ample snowfall in the winter, Sugar Bowl is equally well known as a popular and attractive summer spot to host corporate outings, family reunions and of course memorable weddings, complete with world-class cuisine and gracious hospitality stemming from a guest-centric staff. Sugar Bowl offers alpine charm and first-rate service for your magical day.


Sugar Bowl’s historic lodge serves up a unique setting where the resort grounds can be all yours for an unforgettable private wedding. Sugar Bowl is known world-wide for its picturesque setting, gourmet food, imaginative menus and beautiful presentations. With accommodations for 80 people in the lodge and more available on-site and nearby, you’re sure to accommodate everyone comfortably for your special day.

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Options are vast and varied for your ceremony and reception. The famous Sun Deck atop Mt. Disney, complete with breathtaking mountain vistas, glorious sunsets and a well-manicured lawn area for you and your guests to bask in the fresh, crisp alpine air, is a perfect choice for an on-mountain outing. For indoor receptions, you’ll find no finer than their Four Peaks Restaurant, where Executive Chef Al Davis and the rest of the staff work tirelessly and diligently to provide an outstanding menu and a wedding day that is uniquely yours. Lake Mary provides a unique, secluded private lake or ceremonies or parties, and the Judah Lodge serves up a modern banquet room for events and ceremonies on a grand scale

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From the moment you arrive at The Lodge at Sugar Bowl, you are greeted as guests to this amazing resort, and can anticipate the ultimate alpine experience. At Sugar Bowl, you and your special guests can choose accommodations ranging from slopeside hotel rooms to magnificent lofts, and from newly built condominium units to well-appointed suites with mountain views. Whatever your ideal accommodation, we’ve got it for you.

The friendly and experienced staff at Sugar Bowl will work with you to make sure your wedding day is uniquely yours, and utterly unforgettable. Their on-site Wedding Coordinator will provide personalized, detailed and professional service, complete with passionate attention to detail, ensuring all of your wedding wishes come true.

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With its supple texture and bright orange color, mango hues are the perfect way to blend a bit of a tropical essence into your wedding decor. It’s also a great idea to think about ways to carry your inspiration into all the senses…including taste. Spruce up your cocktail hour with a mango infused signature cocktail, splash a burst of mango color into your decor with vibrant escort cards, or top your night off with a mango infused wedding cake!

Mango Wedding Inspiration with Tahoe Unveiled clockwise from top left: | Karen Wise Photography | Green Apple Photography |

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Wanderlust Squaw Valley

The Lake Tahoe area is incredible on any given day of the year and yet the bar is raised even higher as Squaw Valley transforms into a haven for all things innovative, beautiful and fun in the world of mind/body wellness this July 20-23rd. Wanderlust, producers of the largest yoga lifestyle events in the world returns for an unforgettable, four-day retreat. Wanderlust Squaw Valley gathers a unique combination of yoga, music, speakers and outdoor adventure to create the ultimate restorative getaway.

A phenomenal lineup of some of the world’s most outstanding yoga teachers, musicians, meditation instructors and performing artists promise a transformative experience. Attendees can practice a smorgasbord of yoga styles (at all levels), outdoor activities such as hiking, nature runs, kayaking, paddle-boarding and mountain biking, and indulge in wine tastings and organic delicacies. This year’s epic roster includes:


Experience top tier yoga classes taught by the world’s most sought after teachers: Gurmukh, Kathryn Budig, Seane Corn, Rod Stryker, Janet Stone, Adriene Mishler, Briohny Smith, Anne Marie Kramer, Dave Romanelli and more.


Unplug and get centered with meditation classes from renowned teachers such as Davidji, Jennifer Partridge, Anand Mehrota, Priya Deepika Mohan and more.


Outdoor enthusiasts of all ages will delight in the full range of adventurous activities from stand up paddle boarding, musical hikes and adventure runs, to outdoor meditations, kayaking and more. Our open “Uncommons” area will host an array of activities such as aerial yoga, acroyoga, hula hooping, slacklining and more.


Presented by Tropicana Probiotics, Find Your True Fork is Wanderlust’s brand new interactive culinary stage where participants will experience hands-on how to make fresh and healthy dishes from top chefs and wellness experts. Kevin Callaghan will reveal how to think like a kitchen pro, Seamus Mullen will tell you how to balance the microbiome with delicious food, Jason Wrobel will give his top food hacks for busy people, and much more.


Get down with live performances featuring Lettuce’s sonic freedom, the R&B electric soul of Little Dragon, the soul-dipped bluegrass funk of Dustbowl Revival and many more.


Attendees will be inspired by the Speakeasy series, a lecture program featuring today’s thought leaders: Dr. Betty Uribe will tell you how to get what you want—in an authentic way; musician and activist Madame Gandhi discusses what “the future is female” really means; business expert Michael Ellsberg will change the ways you think about money, wealth, and spending by investing in yourself—and more.


The Farm to Table Dinner is a chef-crafted meal sourced from the freshest seasonal produce and locally farmed meats, which promises an incredible fine dining experience. At the Salt + Smoke BBQ, celebrate the best the South has to offer by dancing to live music, and savoring local BBQ (and veggie options) with all the fixings. Or, sample local and imported wine, beer, and libations, plus seasonal hors d’oeuvres at our Uncorked events, accompanied by live music, a bonfire and the setting sun.

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Wearing flowers is not just for the free-spirited brides anymore. Adorning your tresses with beautiful buds is the pinnacle of romance and the ultimate statement! Whether romantic, boho or modern a floral crown can be incorporated into your wedding style.  Choose a dainty halo of fresh blooms or high-quality silk flora to place atop your billowy mane, or tuck one or two into a slightly undone updo for a burst of freshness.

Tahoe Unveiled _ Floral Crowns clockwise from left:  Mango Studios via Ruffled Blog |  Judy Pak Photography via Style Me Pretty |  Half Orange Photography via Ruffled Blog | Photography by Caspix via Ruffled Blog


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