What are the bride and groom expected to pay for when it comes to Destination Wedding Expenses?
There are the family members, the bridal party, the guests, so who pays for what when it comes to Destination Weddings?
Bride & Groom
The bride and groom cover the usual wedding expenses (ceremony rentals, photographer, etc.). These are obvious and standard expenses for any type of wedding. However, it gets a little grey after that when it comes to destination weddings. Some couples still opt for a full reception, while others simply choose to dine with guests at a local restaurant. If a reception is not in your plans, it’s still nice to treat your guests to a post-wedding meal. You can find affordable restaurants to celebrate and eat without breaking the bank. Consider the money you’ll be saving with a bigger guest list in town (think feeding 100 people at home vs. 25 in your destination wedding city). Depending on the size of your guest list (and budget), a morning after breakfast or brunch is also a nice treat.
Bridal party follows same procedure as guest list in respect to paying for flight and hotel accommodations. In addition, they are expected to pay for attire and accessories. So brides, you can choose to pay for hair and make up for your bridesmaids. If you aren’t covering the bill, it’s good etiquette to make it optional. It’s also a nice idea to make earrings, necklace, or these cute footless sandals double as an accessory and bridal party gift from you!
So your traveling guests are highly likely to look back on your fantastic destination wedding with fond memories. And, let’s face it, who doesn’t love a relaxing tropical vacation? All that said, they should be expected to pay for flight and hotel accommodation out of their own pocket. It’s common courtesy for the bride and groom to provide hotel options and block rooms. And you could provide a Welcome Bag for an added touch! So guests are basically footing the bills for themselves with the exception of reception/post-wedding dinner. And if they are looking for some fun adventures in Destin, check out our post on DESTINation Wedding Adventures!
Bottom line- Your guests will be excited to share your special day. The financial goal for your destination wedding should be for everyone to walk away with an affordable vacation, no unexpected expenses and unforgettable memories of your beach wedding day.
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