Destination Weddings – Etiquette

Destination weddings can be fun, romantic, and a little more hectic than a regular wedding. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t do it, but it may take extra planning and time to get everyone where they are supposed to be. Also, there’s usually some confusion as to who pays for what when you are invited to a destination wedding. Here are a few tips on destination wedding etiquette.

If you are the happy couple… You should send “save-the-date” announcements as soon as possible. Nine to twelve months in advance gives your guests the opportunity to make travel arrangements and ask time off from work. 

After sending the “save-the-date” the formal invitation will be expected. These should be sent out two to three months ahead of the wedding date. The formal invitation should only focus on the invitation itself, don’t turn it into a travel brochure. Put your wedding URL on the invitation and have all the travel information there. Another helpful detail to include is the ceremony location (beach, lawn, etc.) so guests wear the proper shoes.

You might also want to add a line about gifts. Since people are coming a long way for your wedding at their own expense, it might be nice to let them know their “presence” is their present. If they insist, put an address in the invitation to let them know where to mail the gift.

Since destination weddings often involve multiple events, create a card separate from the main invitation to invite guests to any other celebrations — a welcome breakfast, a golf outing, a post-wedding lunch, etc. This way, you can include boxes to check on your reply card, which will make it much easier for you to track who’s coming to what. It will also let your guests know that the festivities begin before the wedding day itself so they can plan accordingly.

Finally, when guests arrive at the end of a long journey, it’s very gracious to have a gift waiting for them in their room. Give a gift that can be enjoyed during their stay (snacks, wine, etc.) or a suitcase-friendly item that will be easy to take home. Along with the gift, include a brief itinerary of wedding events for their convenience, in case they forgot to bring it. 

The bride and groom are responsible for the ceremony and the reception. Because a destination wedding adds days to the celebration, you might consider also hosting a welcome reception or farewell luncheon. It’s not required, but it is a nice touch and gives your guests more opportunity to see you.

If you are the wedding guest… If your wedding invitation does not include the names of your children or other people in your home such as a mother-in-law or maiden aunt, this means they are not invited. Do not put the couple in an awkward position by asking if you may bring them along.

If you would like to give a gift, send it to the couple’s home, or the bride’s home if they are not yet living together. You might bring a token gift, but make it something they can enjoy at the destination such as a bottle of wine or champagne.

You are responsible for getting to the destination. It is expected that you will pay to get there and stay at the hotel or resort.

We hope these tips will be helpful for you. Keep reading our blogs for more info about weddings and more.

If you are planning a destination wedding, Sea Trail Resort can make your wedding very special. We can provide accommodations for you and your guests. We have several places for an outdoor wedding, including beautiful Sunset Beach. You can have your rehearsal dinner and reception in our Convention Center. We can do it all – all you have to do is enjoy your special day. Click here to begin planning your own destination wedding.



Did You Know Sea Trail Golf Resorts Also Hosts Weddings?

0d211edd4a07bbc6a87f122d37472658Whether it’s just the two of you or you’re travelling with family and friends, Sea Trail Golf Resorts has everything you need for the perfect wedding experience. From rehearsal dinner to fabulous reception, our professional staff will work hard to make your wedding day as special and care-free as it should be.

We can accommodate large or small groups and indoor or outdoor weddings. Our Convention Center has several ballrooms to accommodate rehearsal dinners, indoor weddings, and receptions. The Carolina Ballroom can seat 500 people for a reception and the Jones/Byrd Ballroom can seat up to 200 people.


Gazebo in gardens decorated for wedding.

One of the most popular places to hold an outdoor wedding, of course, is on beautiful Sunset Beach. Beach weddings can be held at any time from sunrise to sunset. We also offer the Paul D. Dennis Gardens which feature a romantic gazebo overlooking a pond. The gardens can seat up to 500 people for the ceremony.

After the ceremony, you and your new spouse can honeymoon on the property. You have a choice of an intimate mini-suite to a four bedroom villa. Your family and guests can stay on as well and all of you can enjoy the amenities of Sea Trail Golf Resorts.

Play golf on three spectacular courses each with unique challenges for players at every level. Enjoy guest privileges at the Village Activity Center with indoor and outdoor pools, hot tubs, and fitness center. Spend your days at the beach or explore the town of Calabash with its quaint shops and excellent seafood restaurants.

To plan your special event, please click here to fill out a simple form and we will be happy to help you plan the wedding of your dreams!

The Sun Is Shining Again on Sea Trail

After the past few days, it was good to see the sun shining again at Sea Trail. The National Weather Service reported that Sunset Beach received 19 inches of rain-the highest amount of rainfall in North Carolina-as a result of the low pressure system that lingered over the coast for several days.

Overall, the golf courses survived the storm well and all three are open for golf play. There are a few sink holes in some areas, and our maintenance crews are evaluating and prioritizing those for repair according to the severity of the situation.

Right now, the area of concern is with Oyster Pointe Drive which was severely compromised. A contractor has been retained to repair the area. They are expected to begin repairs over the next couple of days. We will keep those in this area updated as best we can.

Looks like a chance of rain for the weekend, then sunny skies starting on Tuesday. Be sure to check our blog for more information on happenings at Sea Trail Resort. We hope you have a safe and happy weekend.

Beers & Bogeys

February 21st   Starts at 3pm

Join us for our first Beers and Bogey of the season! Grab your spouse or your favorite drinking partner and meet at Magnolias Deck then break off into a 9-hole par 3 Scramble shotgun at Jones Course. Different beers to be featured on holes 3, 6, & 9. Using your beer score, come back in after your round and have the beer of your highest ranked beer, hour d’oeuvre’s and prizes.

$25.00++ per person, ask for member pricing.  For more information please call 910.287.1122