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Who Pays for What

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Who Pays for What?

Working out a budget for your wedding is one of the first things that should be done, once the date is set.  Will the ceremony be formal, semiformal or informal?  A formal wedding, of course, will be the most expensive and the informal, the least.  Nothing is set in concrete.  Who pays for what?  Unlike a decade ago, the lines are no longer rigidly drawn.  The burden of paying for the wedding has shifted in recent years from the shoulders of the father of the bride, to include the groom's family.  Also, with many couples marrying later and having money of their own, they are sharing in the expenses. 

There are no longer any hard and fast rules as to "Who Pays for What", but a general guideline follows as to the traditional breakdown.

 

Traditional Breakdown of Expenses
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Wedding Gown, Headpiece & Accessories 

The Bride's Family

 

 

Wedding Ring for Bride

The Groom

Wedding Ring for Groom 

 The Bride

 

 

Wedding Gift for Groom

The Bride

Wedding Gift for Bride

The Groom

Bridesmaid Gifts

The Bride

Groomsmen/Usher Gifts

The Groom

 

 

Bride's Bouquet

The Groom

Bridesmaid Bouquets

The Bride's Family

Mother's Corsages

The Groom

Grandmother Corsages

The Bride's Family

Groom's Boutonniere

The Groom

Groomsmen Boutonnieres

The Groom

Usher's Boutonnieres

The Groom

Ceremony/Reception Flowers

The Bride's Family

 

 

Altar Baskets/Arches

The Bride's Family

Canopy/Carpet

The Bride's Family

Kneeling Bench/Candleabrahs

The Bride's Family

Rented Items for Wedding

The Bride's Family

Rented Items for Reception

The Bride's Family

 

 

Invitations/Announcements

The Bride's Family

Wedding Programs

The Bride's Family

Napkins/Matches/Printed Items

The Bride's Family

 

 

Marriage License

The Groom

Medical Visit for Bride

The Bride

Medical Visit for Groom

The Groom

 

 

Church Fee

The Bride's Family

Clergyman/Officiant Fee

The Groom

Musician/Soloist

The Bride's Family

Church Janitor

The Bride's Family

Reception Hall Fee

The Bride's Family

Catered Reception/Professional Services

The Bride's Family

 

 

Wedding Photography

The Bride's Family

Video Photography

The Bride's Family

Orchestra/Band/DJ

The Bride's Family

 

 

Wedding Cake

The Bride's Family

Wedding Favors

The Bride's Family

Groom's Cake

The Groom's Family

Rice Bags

The Bride's Family

 

 

Rehearsal Dinner

The Grooms Family

Bridesmaid Luncheon

The Bride

Bachelor Party

Best Man/Groom's Attendants

Wedding Breakfast

The Bride's Family

Bridal Brunch

The Bride's Family

 

 

Bridesmaid's Gowns

Bridesmaid's

Maid of Honor Gown

Maid of Honor

Matron of Honor Gown

Matron of Honor

Best Man Formal Wear

Best Man

Usher's Formal Wear

Ushers

Groomsmen's Formal Wear

Groomsmen

Gloves/Ties/Ascots for Attendants

The Groom

 

 

Father of Bride Formal Wear

Bride's Family

Father of Groom Formal Wear

Groom's Family

Children's Formal Wear

The Children's Parents

 

 

Limousine Service

The Groom

Honeymoon Arrangements

The Groom

Travel Expenses to the Wedding

The Out-of-town Attendant or Family Member

Accommodations for out-of town Guests

The Bride

Gifts for the Couple

Guest, Attendants and Family

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