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Paying For the Wedding Who Pays For What?

Ashley Rader

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Our society has become much more casual than past decades. With the introduction of a more casual lifestyle, more and more traditions have been relaxed when it comes to weddings. Destination wedding are hot. Casual weddings in unique settings are very popular. With all these changes in wedding locations and styles, it's not as clear as going to the chapel to get married with the bride's family paying for almost everything.

More couples are paying for their own weddings, so the rules are really up to you. More grooms’ families are sharing the costs. It's up to you, your groom and your families as to who pays for what. The best thing to do is once you've set a date, talk to your husband-to-be and your individual families about yours, his, and their contributions. This may be a difficult conversation, but it's an important one. It's important to be up front and honest about money in marriage, and now is a great time to get started.

Here's a guide to the traditional wedding and who pays for what, just in case you need a reference.

The Bride's Family

  •          Brides attire and accessories

  •          Bouquets for bridesmaids

  •          Corsages for grandmothers

  •          Flowers for the ceremony and reception

  •          All wedding décor: aisle runners, rented equipment, matches, candles, etc.

  •          All rented items for the reception: dishes, tables, chairs, etc.

  •          Invitations and announcements

  •          Programs

  •          Napkins and other monogrammed or printed items

  •          Church or ceremony location fee

  •          Reception location fee

  •          Musicians’ fees

  •          Cleaning personnel fees

  •          Reception food and service

  •          Photographer/videographer fees

  •          Band or deejay for the reception

  •          Wedding cake

  •          Favors

  •          Rice, rose petals, birdseed packets

  •          Bridal brunch or wedding breakfast

  •          Gift for the bride and groom

    The Groom's Family

  •          Groom's cake

  •          Rehearsal dinner

  •          Gift for the bride and groom

    The Bride

  •          Ring for the groom

  •          Gift for the groom

  •          Gifts for bridesmaids

  •          Blood test for bride or other medical visit

  •          Bridesmaids’ luncheon

    The Groom

  •          Ring for the bride

  •          Gift for the bride

  •          Gifts for groomsmen

  •          Corsages for the mothers

  •          Boutonniere for groom and groomsmen

  •          Marriage license

  •          Blood test for groom or other medical visit

  •          Officiate fee

  •          Groom's attire

  •          Transportation, i. e. limousine

  •          Honeymoon


  •          Bridal shower, bachelorette party

  •          Bridesmaid attire

  •          Gift for the bride and groom


  •          Bachelor party

  •          Groomsmen attire

  •          Gift for the bride and groom


  •          Children's attire, i. e. ring bearer tux, flower girl dress

    Wedding Guests

  •          Accommodations

  •          Travel expenses to the wedding

  •          Gifts for the bride and groom

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