Guests and hosts: Who pays for what at a destination wedding

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A simple guide to the nitty-gritty of planning an overseas celebration.

Already sorted out the budgeting and costs? Check out some unique and travel-friendly gift ideas to thank your bridesmaids!


Picture this – you live in Sydney and your close friend is getting married in Melbourne. Who would pay for the flights? It’s up to you, the guest. The same goes for a destination wedding overseas. It’s up to the guests if they want to attend, meaning the cost of their airfares is on them too. To help make things a little easier, send out your invitations with plenty of time to spare. It’ll help your friends and family to think of a realistic budget for themselves and to take time off work, saving them and you any last-minute stress!

YOU PAY FOR: Airport transfers

After touching down in an overseas locale, your guests might not exactly feel like chasing up a cab or Uber – especially if they’re new to your chosen destination! Booking a transfer bus or car to ferry them from the airport to their accommodation is a thoughtful and simple way to show your appreciation, plus it’ll hopefully keep everyone together. Remember, some of your guests might not be as well-travelled as you, so eliminate any anxieties by teeing-up a transfer. For travel around your selected destination, tell guests to check out the City Mapper app or provide them with a variety options and passes to choose from.


THEY PAY FOR: Accommodation

The simple fact of the matter is that guests are expected to pay for their own accommodation for a destination wedding. Our advice? Once you’ve got a rough idea of the numbers to expect, check with your venue (if it’s a resort or hotel) or a nearby accommodation option and see if they can organise somewhere for everyone to stay at a discounted rate. Many are happy to offer an affordable rate, taking away the planning woes for your loved ones – just maybe check that they approve of your choice before locking anything in.


YOU PAY FOR: A welcome brunch

A welcome brunch (or first-night drinks) is the perfect way of giving your wedding guests a chance to mingle before the big day. Trying to really save on costs? Consider something like a casual picnic in a beautiful park – instant summer party vibes!

THEY PAY FOR: Activities and extras

Whether it’s jet skiing, scuba diving or just sightseeing, guests should pay for their own leisure activities if they organise any for during their stay. You’re newlyweds, not travel agents.


EXTRA TIP: Swap the wedding gifts for something travel-friendly

After all, some of your favourite people are travelling across the country (or even further!) to celebrate with you. Plus, paying extra for overweight luggage on the way back doesn’t exactly scream wedded bliss. If your loved ones insist on spoiling you, (politely) ask them for a gift voucher, a cool experience back home or a donation to your favourite charity.

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