Who is going to pay for your Wedding?
February 18th, 2014
It has been the tradition for many years that, when a couple gets married, the bride’s family pays for the majority of the wedding-related expenses.
These days, the rules have relaxed a bit. The groom’s family may be more involved in the wedding and willing to share more of the costs.
The bride’s family may not be in a position to foot a large wedding bill, particularly if they have recently put their daughter through college.
Many couples are waiting until later to get married, and may be established in their careers and able to foot much of the wedding bill themselves.
In situations where one or both of the parties has been married before, the couple may not feel comfortable asking their parents to cover the costs of a second wedding.
In any case, the rules about who pays for a wedding are much more like general guidelines, and how you choose to split up costs is a personal matter that you can decide with your families.
For the purposes of a guideline, check out these traditional rules for who pays for certain wedding-related expenses.
Traditionally, the bride’s family pays for the cost of reserving the ceremony venue, whether that is a church, synagogue, or outdoor location.
The bride’s family also pays for the pianist, organist, or other performer. The groom’s family usually pays for the marriage license and pays the fee to the ceremony officiate (priest, minister, etc.).
This part is fairly straightforward; each person pays for their own clothing. The bride’s family pays for her wedding gown, veil, shoes, jewelry, lingerie, and honeymoon clothing.
The groom’s family usually pays for his tuxedo and accessories. The members of the bridal party each pay for their own clothing, such as their dress or tuxedo, shoes, and jewelry.
When it comes to floral arrangements, the old rules get a little tricky.
The bride’s family traditionally pays for the floral arrangements to decorate the church or huppah as well as the floral arrangements for the reception venue.
The bride’s family also pays for the bouquets that will be carried by the bridesmaids and flower girls. However, the groom’s family pays for the bride’s bouquet, as well as her going-away corsage, if she will wear one.
The groom’s family also pays for the boutonnieres for the groomsmen and the corsages for the mothers and grandmothers.
Per tradition, the groom’s family pays for all expenses related to the honeymoon.
Under more modern customs (and given the large expense), the honeymoon might be paid for by both of the families, or even the couple themselves.
Photos and Video
It is usually considered to be the responsibility of the bride’s family to pay for all of the costs associated with the photographer and videographer.
There are often several parties that come before the wedding. The engagement party can be hosted and paid for by either family. The rehearsal dinner is paid for by the groom’s family.
The bachelor party is paid for by the best man and groomsmen, while the bridal shower and bachelorette party are paid for by the maid of honor and bridesmaids.
The bride (or her family) usually pay for the groom’s ring, while the groom pays for the bride’s engagement and wedding rings.
The bride’s family usually pays for the limousine to transport the entire bridal party to the ceremony and reception.
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