- My son is getting married in 2 months and tonight told me the
honeymoon would cost $10,000. He insists that the groom's parents pay for
this traditionally. I have never heard of this.
My husband and I cannot possibly deal with this at this late date, and feel that even if this is true, the considerate thing to do would have been to let us know a year ago, 6 months ago, not 2 months from the wedding.
Is the honeymoon in fact the groom's parents' responsibility?
- I thought the couple saved for their honeymoon and went somewhere they could afford. I don't want this to ruin what should be a happy time for the entire family.
In this day and age there is no set rule on who pays for the honeymoon. However, while the bride is deeply involved in the wedding planning, the groom often takes the responsibility to plan -- but not necessarily pay for -- the honeymoon (with the bride's input, of course).
Often a couple will fund the honeymoon themselves, especially when parents pick up the tab for the wedding. A couple who can't afford an expensive honeymoon can delay their getaway, take a shorter one than planned, drive instead of fly, or visit a place in the off season to save money.
Another way to deal with the expense of a honeymoon is by having the couple register for travel gifts at a Honeymoon Bridal Registry.