Who Normally Pays for a Destination Wedding?

By Anna Duncan

A destination wedding is a unique and exciting way to tie the knot. However, the costs associated with a destination wedding can be steep.

Many couples are curious to know who traditionally pays for a destination wedding.

The answer to this question varies based on the couple’s financial situation and personal preferences. In traditional weddings, the bride’s parents typically pay for most of the wedding expenses; however, this is not always the case when it comes to destination weddings. The couple may decide that they will be responsible for their own expenses or they may opt to have their families split the costs.

In some cases, couples may choose to have all of their guests pay for their own expenses such as airfare and accommodations as part of their invitation package. If a couple does choose to cover expenses for guests, it is important that they make sure that everyone is aware of this ahead of time so that there are no surprises once people arrive at the wedding location.

Couples who are planning a destination wedding should also consider other costs associated with such an event such as venue rental fees, catering services, and other vendors. Many times couples will opt to pay for these costs themselves in order to ensure that they get exactly what they want and need on their big day.


When it comes down to it, who pays for a destination wedding is ultimately up to the couple and their families. Depending on each family’s financial situation and personal preferences, couples can choose whether or not they would like their families or guests to contribute financially or if they would like to cover all costs themselves. Ultimately, couples should make sure that everyone involved is aware of any financial expectations prior to arriving at the wedding location.