We've asked a friend of ours who was recently ordained as a Deacon to be our officiant for our ceremony. He won't be a full priest yet which is fine because we're not having a Mass (FH is Mennonite so I'd estimate that 75% of attendees won't be Catholic and we don't want people to feel excluded because they won't be able to receive Communion--including the groom!).
Our wedding is two hours away from our home parish so our Deacon will have to spend at least one night, possibly two if he doesn't want to drive back after the reception. Do you think that we need to pay for his hotel costs? I think that priests sometimes stay at the local rectory of wherever they're going, but I also don't want to assume that. Does anyone have any experience with this?