What Does the Groom Pay for in a Destination Wedding?

By Robert Palmer

Planning a destination wedding for your special day can be a difficult and expensive ordeal. There are many details to consider, including who will pay for what.

Generally, the bride and groom are expected to share the cost of the wedding festivities. But what does the groom pay for in a destination wedding specifically?

The groom is typically responsible for paying for the marriage license and officiant fees. This includes any costs associated with obtaining a marriage license in your destination country or state, as well as any fees associated with having a celebrant officiate your ceremony. Depending on your destination, you may also need to pay additional fees such as blood tests or medical exams.

The groom usually pays for his portion of the honeymoon costs, including airfare, hotel accommodations and activities. He may also be expected to cover his own attire and accessories, such as tuxedos or suits. If he is helping to pay for any of his groomsmen’s attire or accessories, he should factor that into his budget as well.

The groom will also be responsible for contributing towards wedding-related expenses such as catering and event rentals. This includes food costs and other items needed to make sure that everything runs smoothly on the big day. The groom may also be asked to help out with transportation costs if there is a need for shuttles between locations or if guests need help getting from the airport to their accommodations.

Finally, the groom should plan on contributing financially towards any wedding gift registries or pre-wedding events. This can include engagement parties, bridal showers or rehearsal dinners. Depending on how much the couple wants to spend on these events, the groom may be asked to contribute more than his fair share.

In conclusion, when planning a destination wedding it is important to know what expenses each person will be responsible for covering. The groom should plan on contributing towards obtaining a marriage license and officiant fees, his portion of honeymoon costs and attire, wedding-related expenses such as catering and event rentals, and pre-wedding events like engagement parties or bridal showers.