my fiance & I are in the VERY beginning stages of planning our destination wedding. as in, we don't even have a date or location set - but we're thinking january 2015 in the dominican republic.
we definitely want to have a "back home" celebration for those who are unable to attend the actual wedding. [may be cheesy, but ..] I re-watched Nick Lachey & Vanessa Milano's wedding special on TLC and they had a their "back home" party BEFORE the actual wedding. and called it a wedding shower. I understand this goes against all etiquette, but I would love to have the party in the fall [before our wedding]. Is this an all-around bad idea? or is there a way to word invites that make this wedding etiquette approved? we would, of course, note "no gifts".