Who Pays For The Wedding?
How do you know who is supposed to pay for what when planning for a wedding? What is proper etiquette?
Weddings can turn into huge events with outrageous overhead. To help you determine a budget here is a standard guide on who pays for what. Keep in mind, sometimes couples take it upon themselves to pay for the entire
event and cast aside the customary monetary guidelines.
The bulk of the wedding expenses falls on the bride and her family. They are "supposed" to pay for: The groom's wedding ring and gift, invitations, reception cards and announcements, the bride's wedding gown and accessories, fee for ceremony and reception (including flowers for
attendants), housing and gifts for bridesmaids, photographer, music for the ceremony and reception, rented transportation such as limousines or horse drawn carriages and all costs associated with the reception- location
rental, food, decorations, entertainment, etc.
The groom's list picks up pretty much where the bride's ends. He and his family are responsible for : the bride's engagement ring, wedding ring and gift, housing for ushers, marriage licensee, officinal fee, bride's
bouquet, bride's-going away corsage-optional, Mothers' and grandmothers' corsages, boutonnieres for the groom's wedding party, rehearsal dinner, alcohol for the reception and the honeymoon.
The maid/matron of honor and the bridesmaids are responsible for: their dresses and accessories, gift for the newlyweds, shower gift, contributing to the bridal shower, and their own transportation to and from the weeding.
The best man, groomsmen and ushers pay for: clothing
rental-tuxedo/suit, gift for the couple, contributing to the cost of the bachelor party and transportation to and from the wedding.
The most important factor in planning your wedding is establishing a budget and sticking to it. The ceremony is just that, try not to lose sight of the actual event taking place. The occurrence of spending the rest of
your life with the person you love.