Who Pays for What?

There are no absolutes of who pays for what – each wedding is different.  However, there are some traditional answers.  In times gone by, the bride’s family paid for most everything.  But with the increased costs of weddings, families are working out solutions that work best for their particular situations.

 

Traditionally, the Bride pays for the following expenses:

 

  • Wedding ring for the groom
  • A wedding gift for the groom
  • Gifts for the bridal attendants
  • Personal stationery
  • Accommodations for out-of-town attendants

 

The Groom:

 

  • Wedding and engagement ring for the bride
  • A wedding gift for the bride
  • Gifts for the best man and ushers
  • Groom’s wedding attire
  • Bride’s bouquet
  • Mothers’ corsages
  • Boutonnieres for ushers and fathers.
  • Marriage license
  • Clergy fee
  • The honeymoon expenses

 

The Bride’s Family:

 

  • Engagement party (optional)
  • Ceremony and related costs (location, rentals, music.)
  • Entire cost of the reception:  Food, beverages, entertainment, rental items, decorations, wedding cake.
  • Bride’s wedding gown and accessories, going away outfit
  • A wedding gift for the couple
  • Wedding invitations, announcement, and mailing costs.
  • Bridesmaids’ bouquets
  • Transportation for bridal party
  • Bridesmaids’ luncheon
  • Photography (groom’s parents may pay for pictures they would like.)
  • Personal wedding attire
  • Floral decorations
  • Wedding Cake
  • Special items they may wish to purchase (toasting goblets, ring pillow, etc.)

 

The Groom’s Family:

 

  • Rehearsal dinner party
  • Personal wedding attire
  • Travel and accommodations for groom’s out of town family
  • Wedding gift for the bride and groom
  • Special items they may wish to purchase (toasting goblets, ring pillow, etc.)
  • Any general expenses they may wish to contribute

 

The Attendants:

 

  • Wedding attire for themselves
  • Any personal travel expenses
  • Wedding gift for the bride and groom
  • Showers given by maid of honor or bridesmaids
  • Bachelor party given by best man or ushers

 

The Bride and Groom:

 

  • Gifts of appreciations for parents or others who help with wedding
  • Expenses of items desired which have exceeded original allocations
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