Destination Weddings at all-inclusive resorts are an amazing way to celebrate your union, and a very cost effective way to have a wedding with friends and family that you are closest to. We often have couples that come to us wondering exactly what is the etiquette for a destination wedding and who pays for what.
Keep in mind a Destination wedding in the USA is quite different from an All-inclusive destination wedding in Mexico or the Caribbean. Namely, wedding couples aren't expected to pay for their wedding party's travel accommodations for an all inclusive destination wedding. Also the save the dates are sent out much earlier for an all inclusive destination wedding as well since guests will need as much notice as possible to save up!
Here are the items that an All-Inclusive Destination Wedding couple and/or parents would normally pay for:
Cocktail Party, Welcome Cocktail Party, or Morning after Brunch
Floral Decor, bouquets, corsages, boutonnieres
Wedding Vendors like the Photographer, Videographer, and DJ
Group Activities where you require the presence of your wedding party or guests. This can be things like a Spa Day, Golf with the Groomsmen, or a Catamaran Cruise with your guests.
Invitations and Save the Dates as well as any kind of wedding favors
Honeymoon and your own travel expenses
Resort Preview Visit
Hair and makeup if requiring this from your bridesmaids
Gifts for your wedding party
Here are the items that the wedding party is expected to pay for at an all inclusive destination wedding:
Here are the items that the guests are expected to pay for at an all-inclusive destination wedding::
Side note: Invited guests aren't expected to give the wedding couple a wedding gift, as their presence should be enough.
Looking for help with your destination wedding, and wanting an expert to help you every step of the way? Contact Romantics Travel at 817-386-0701 or via the contact form below.