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Destination Weddings: Do I Need to Pay My Pastor’s Travel Expenses?

Planning a destination wedding? If your officiant is coming with you, expect to dig deeper into your pockets

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Destination weddings can be wonderful! They can also be tricky, especially when it comes to working out the big budget that often accompanies such weddings. When planning an out-of-country ceremony, always keep your finances in mind — and understand that unforeseen costs may pop up!

Dear Wedding Guru: “My fiancé and I are having our wedding in Costa Rica at an all-inclusive resort. On the recommendations of a friend, we’d like a local officiant to marry us, along with the pastor from our church in the States. Are we responsible for our pastor’s travel arrangements, airline tickets, accommodations, and a guest who’ll be coming with him? How many days of lodging we are responsible for? Do we have to pay for his guest’s tickets and accommodations, too? I’m getting really worried — our budget keeps stretching!”

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Tying the knot shouldn't put knots in your stomach, so whether you're the blushing bride, hubby-to-be, or even a wedding guest, The Wedding Guru Judy Lewis can answer all of your wedding-related questions.

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