Who pays for destination wedding

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Wedding budgets are always a hot topic at any wedding. Who pays for it? How are you going to divide the costs between the bride, groom, and their families? What type of destination weddings decorations are you going to use? What venue?

We’ll try to give you a helping hand and our opinion on what type of arrangement works best, as we’ve been around the block for a while and saw many weddings happen on our venue and our friends venues. Word goes around in this industry.

Who pays for the guests

Traditionally, both families cut the costs in a very specific way. The bride’s family covers the cost of the reception, but the groom’s family pays for the rehearsal.

The bride’s family is also responsible for the groom’s ring, the groom’s gift and her own and her bridesmaids’ beauty treatments. The groom’s family is responsible for the bride’s rings, any licensing fees, funding the honeymoon, the bouquet, and gifts for the attendants.

The groom’s family is also charged with the floral arrangements.

Who pays for accommodation

Most guests pay their accommodation for themselves. They pay for their hotel rooms, transportation and anything they do outside of the wedding events, such as going to restaurants on their own or sports activities.

Traditionally, the bride’s family pays for the bridesmaids’ hotel rooms, while the groom’s family pays for the groomsmen’s stay.

How much is a destination wedding

The average cost of destination weddings is $20,000, and the average number of guests at destination weddings is about 85. It really depends on the location and the number of guests you’re inviting, it can go as low as $10,000 or as high as a million $, depending on how big your budget is.

The average is also the sweet-spot, with many new couples opting to spend a pretty penny for an unforgettable experience in a far away place.

What are the most popular destination wedding locations?

For people in the USA, the most popular foreign destinations to say your vows are the Caribbean, Jamaica, Dominican Republic, Costa Rica, Mexico, Bermuda, Cayman Islands and the Bahamas. There’s a trend we’re seeing here, and it’s that most Americans don’t leave the continent of America.

We thought we’d get more European countries such as France and Italiy, but these trans-oceanic trips are very expensive and not many couples opt to go there for their wedding.

Europe is much more popular as a honeymoon destination.

The definite benefits and drawbacks of a destination wedding

We’ll list some of the most common benefits and perks that our guests mention all the time.

  1. Destination weddings are simpler to plan and execute than local weddings; most locals have only a few months during the year to catch the “illusive summer wedding”, while most destinations have only one season, summer.
  2. Destination weddings are actually more affordable than local weddings, due to their geographic location.
  3. Destination weddings are like vacations for everyone involved, everyone’s relaxed and nobody’s rushing off to work or going home to finish some chores.
  4. Destination weddins are smaller in size, with about 80 people attending a wedding, compared to the big 100+ people most local weddings have. This is in part why they’re so affordable.

In short, if you’re looking for an affordable, very relaxed, small and simple wedding, going far away from home is a good option.

It’s not all milk and sugar here either, and some guests have complained that some things just didn’t work for them. We’ll list those too, to be fair.

  1. You can’t invite everyone, and about a third of the people you do invite can’t come. Destination weddings require that your guests have a bit of a disposable income, to cover their hotel stay, lodging and travel costs. And it requires that they’re able to take days off work. This is also in part why it’s so hard to have a big destination wedding.
  2. Home is far, far away. If you forgot something important, like a heirloom ring or important paperwork, it might take days for the post office to ship the item to the destination. Lots of our customers had forgotten an important part of their wedding. Our answer is to always improvise; the guests won’t actually notice that the ring you put on is a well crafted decoy ring. When you get home, you can attend to unfinished business and give your bride the ring you wanted her to have.
  3. There are legal issues. Most guests forget a piece of important paperwork, and their marriage is legally nullified; this, while unfortunate, is easy to fix and you can sign new papers when you get home. The show must go on, and the guests will be none the wiser that you actually “eloped” back home.