The cost of having a destination wedding can be a negative for a lot of couples. Before you even ask your close friends and family to travel hundreds of mile to attend your wedding, you should first ask yourself a very fundamental question; who pays for what? This will help you plan yourself in advance by knowing which bills you will be required to cover. The parents of both the bride and the groom usually help in covering expenses that they can afford during the wedding.
Rehearsal dinner, for example, is traditionally paid for by the parents of either the bride or the groom. The folks can also help the couple in footing the bill for the wedding venue and any other wedding related reparations that may come up such as cake, vendors, and reception. The level of their donation will rely upon the financial status of the couple, meaning that if the couple is able to pay all the bills, they are allowed to go ahead and do that. The couple, on the other hand, will have to pay for most of the expenses.
They will be required to foot the bills of all pre-wedding extra activities that they might host. For example, if you decide to host a beachside yoga for your family and friends, you will be expected to pay the bill. If a couple is able to disburse for such a group activity for their guests, it's usually advisable to do it because those activities are usually fun and offer your guests a great opportunity of mingling and knowing one another. If you do not have enough money, you can make such an event optional, meaning anyone who wishes to join you will have to settle his/her own bills.
If you as a couple choose to fly in vendors, then you are required to pay for their transport, meals, and lodging. You are supposed to include these expenses in your financial plan to make sure you do not spend money you do not have and to make sure that everything is accounted for. Guests, on the other hand, are expected to pay for their accommodation, fares and all other additional expenses such as shopping while traveling to your wedding.
You should be mindful however of how expenses can add up since you still expect them to give you gifts among other things. Even though you are not obligated to pay for your wedding guest's accommodation, travel costs, and meals, it would be a really good gesture and gift if you would settle their expenses. This, however, will depend on if you can afford it, if you are on a tight budget then let anyone who wants to attend your wedding foot their own bills or find a way of accommodating them in your premises which will save them money.