Who Pays in a Destination Wedding?

By Michael Ferguson

Destination weddings are becoming increasingly popular among couples looking for a unique way to celebrate their special day. Whether they choose to say “I do” on a beach in the Caribbean or in a castle in Ireland, couples are opting for the beauty and convenience of having their wedding away from home. But who pays in a destination wedding?

Traditionally, the bride’s family has been responsible for the majority of the costs associated with a wedding. However, when it comes to destination weddings, other factors come into play that may shift some of the financial burden onto other members of the wedding party. For example, if guests need to travel from far away places, they may expect some help with travel costs.

If either family is contributing financially to cover guests’ expenses, it’s important to decide early on who will be responsible for which costs. The bride and groom can also ask their guests to pay for certain items such as airfare or hotel accommodations. This can make it easier on both families since they don’t have to worry about footing the entire bill.

In addition to deciding who will pay for travel costs, couples should also consider how they will handle other expenses such as food and decorations. If one family is paying most of the bills, they may want to dictate which vendors are used so that they can stay within budget. If both families are contributing financially, then finding ways to work together is essential.


When planning a destination wedding, couples must take into account who will be paying for various expenses associated with the event. Traditionally the bride’s family pays most of the costs but this can vary depending on who is attending and how far away guests have to travel. Couples should decide early on who is responsible for which costs and find ways for both families (if involved) to work together.