ASK THE EXPERT: Do Guests Get A Thank-You Note Just For Traveling To Our Destination Wedding?

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Q: Should I send a thank-you note to guests who traveled to attend my destination wedding but didn’t give a gift? Is it customary to offer thanks just for traveling for my ceremony?

A: According to Philadelphia wedding planner Gina Sole, “Yes, a thank-you note should still be sent to each and every guest who travels to your destination wedding, even if they do not bring a gift.” Some couples actually opt to mention on their invitations that their guests needn’t send them something wrapped at all, that all they want is for their friends and family to celebrate with them—which, of course, can cost a good deal of money. But whether or not you and your groom went that route, “Many people think that their presence is enough of a present!” she says. “They should be thanked simply for taking the trip and participating in your special day.”