Wedding Money: Who Pays for the Honeymoon?
Q: My friend's son is getting married and he just told her that the groom's parents are supposed to pay for the honeymoon! I have never heard of this. My friend is not well off, and she doesn't know what to do. What should she do?
A: Sounds like her son is trying to use etiquette to his advantage! Traditionally, the groom and his family are responsible for financing the honeymoon, but these days -- especially with people marrying later in life -- the task often falls to the groom himself (or to the couple). Your friend may be able to contribute a portion of the trip, but she is in no way obligated to do so. Though it won't be easy to sort out the financing with her son, she can at least breathe a bit easier knowing that she's not expected to foot the bill.