Destination Wedding Etiquette: What Do I Need To Pay For?

destination weddingSo you’ve decided to go ahead with a destination wedding – bring on the fun times we say! But, at some stage you’re going to go from thinking about the parties to thinking about the pennies. It can be difficult to get your head around what exactly you need to provide for your guests and what they should be taking care of themselves. Of course as the bride and groom it’s your job to make sure their trip is as smooth as possible, but don’t go overboard and take on more than you can handle.

Here’s a breakdown of what you will need to pay for and what your guests will need to pay for:

What YOU should be paying for:
All pre and post wedding celebrations along with the actual wedding and/or reception.

Welcome drinks and food for your guests on the day of arrival – turn it into a mini party if you can.

A shuttle service to and from the venue if there are any wedding related events off site.

What else YOU could pay for (but not a necessity):
Hotel accommodation – some families may choose to provide a certain number of nights’ stay for their guests.

Transport to and from the airport.

Food and soft beverages during your guests’ stay (alcoholic beverages can be purchased by guests).

Henna artists during a mehendi or sangeet celebration.

Tours or excursions for the whole wedding party to enjoy.

What your GUESTS should be paying for:
Plane ticket and/or any other transportation costs to get to the destination.

Transportation costs to and from the hotel for any non-wedding related journeys.

Their outfits.

Any hair and make up appointments.

Spa treatments.

Any additional food and beverages consumed outside of the wedding festivities (if the host isn’t providing this).

Hotel accommodation (if the host isn’t providing this).

Any further trips or excursions.


If you’re looking to plan a destination wedding then get in touch with our expert wedding planners on 0116 268 8804 or email 

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