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
By Judy Lewis
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The Wedding Guru says: You are responsible for the arrangements, airline, travel expenses, and room and board for your officiant. You should pay for the same number of nights you’re covering for your wedding attendants. At the very least, you must cover the nights of the rehearsal and wedding ceremony. Of course, if your officiant wishes to extend his stay, the expenses are up to him. As for the officiant’s plus-one, invite him or her as a guest to the rehearsal dinner and the wedding reception. You are, however, not responsible for the travel or lodging costs for the officiant’s guest.
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