Who Pays for What?

It can be tricky when deciding who pays for what in a wedding. Here are some guidelines to help you along the way. The bride and the bride’s Family is traditionally expected to pay for: • The grooms ring and gift • Photographer and/or Videography • The brides dress and Accessories • Stationary • The […]

It can be tricky when deciding who pays for what in a wedding. Here are some guidelines to help you along the way.

The bride and the bride’s Family is traditionally expected to pay for:

• The grooms ring and gift
• Photographer and/or Videography
• The brides dress and Accessories
• Stationary
• The Reception
• Décor, Food and Drinks for the reception
• Flowers for the Church and Reception
• Bachelorette party / Kitchen Tea
• Transport for the Bride’s family to the the church and reception
• The Cake
• The Bridesmaids Dresses

The Groom’s and the groom’s family is traditionally expected to pay for:

• The engagement ring and the wedding ring for the bride
• Legal costs associated with the ceremony
• Church costs
• Music for the Reception
• Flowers for the bride, bridesmaids, buttonholes and corsages
• Gifts for the best man and attendants
• Transport for himself and the best man to the church and for himself and his bride to the reception
• Suit Hire
• The Honeymoon

Nowadays, the bride and groom will pay for the majority of the wedding and the parents will help out where needed. But things like favors will be the responsibility of the bride and groom.
The bride’s family usually opts to pay for the reception including the catering and décor and the Grooms family will pay for the drinks at the reception and gifts for the bride and groom. Then both families will share the costs of things like the cost of bridesmaids and flower girls dresses, and the bachelor and Bachelorette parties.

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