Who Pays For What When It Comes To A Wedding

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You’ve found the love of your life, and you’ve popped the question, and they have said, “YES!!!” You could not be happier, but now it is time to get to business. The wedding plans begin. Weddings can be expensive, so trying to figure out who pays for what before picking out the $5,000 venue compared to going with a backyard wedding is a must. In this article, I am going to focus on a more traditional route. Of course, tradition is not for everyone, and as generations past, traditions will change or be done away with. If tradition is not your thing, then feel free to feel and pay for the wedding your way.

Brides Family Pays For:

  • Groom’s ring
  • The church, venue and any amenities associated with the wedding venue
  • Wedding dress, veil, honeymoon outfits, lingerie, and jewelry
  • All flowers for the wedding and reception as well as bridesmaids bouquets
  • Photographer and videographer
  • Engagement party
  • Wedding invitations, announcements, wedding programs, wedding menu cards
  • Wedding day transportation
  • Reception
  • Professional hair and makeup for bridesmaids

Groom’s Family Pays For:

  • Bride’s ring
  • Marriage license and Officiant fee
  • Wedding day outfit
  • Brides bouquet, boutonniere for groomsmen, and corsages for mothers and grandmothers
  • Honeymoon
  • Rehearsal dinner
  • Grooms family can offer to pay for part of the reception if the brides family accepts

Maid of Honor

The maid of honor generally will host and pay for the bachelorette party. Depending on the wedding, the maid of honors and bridesmaids will have to pay for their own dresses/clothes and lodging.

Best Man

The best man generally will host and pay for the bachelor party. Depending on the wedding, the best man and groomsmen will have to pay for their own clothes and lodging.

Traditionally speaking, the bride’s family will be paying for most, if not all, of the wedding. After reading this list, you may have decided that going with the new traditional path may be more your speed. This route is more equal, splitting the wedding 50/50. However, you pay for the wedding; it will be a beautiful, memorable day.

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