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Wedding Budget: Who Pays for What

You should forget about that ancient rule that imply certain people paying for certain item of expenses. Nowadays there are not strict canons on wedding expenses distribution: everything will depend on your parents’ and your own will and financial situation.

The best ways to figure that out is sitting down with pencil, paper and calculator and determine what wedding you can get for the available money. Remember that small weddings tend to be smaller and thus a cheaper option, while formal weddings are usually more costly because of their size. Familiarize with the traditional way of distributing wedding expenses, but keep in mind that rules could be always broken.

Wedding budget: who pays for what

Bride and her family are paying for the church/synagogue, sexton, and organist.
Groom and his family are responsible for the expenses related with marriage license and officiant’s charge.
Bride and her family have to purchase the wedding gown including all the accompanying accessories like veil, shoes, purse, jewelry and lingerie.
Bridal-gownGroom and his family should buy his outfit.

Attendants are responsible for purchasing their own clothes plus shoes.
Bride and bride’s family used to disburse the church and reception flower arrangements (including huppah at the Jewish ceremonies). In addition, this side pays for the bridesmaids’ and flower girls’ bouquets and corsages.
wedding-ceremony-flowersGroom and groom’s family can save on this item of expenses: this party pays only for the bride’s bouquet and going-away corsage, groomsmen’s boutonnieres, mothers’ and grandmothers’ corsages.

Groom and his family are responsible for disbursing the full honeymoon package for two persons.
HoneymoonPre-wedding parties
Either bride’s or groom’s family organizes and hosts the engagement party. In case you plan to have more than one party, bride’s side should be hosting the earliest one.

The rehearsal dinner hosting lays in groom’s family responsibilities as well as the bachelor’s dinner.
Bride organizes and hosts the bridesmaid’s luncheon.

Maid of honor and bridesmaids are the ones who organize the shower party, while the best man along with ushers set the bachelor party.

Bride and her party should reimburse the professional services such as food, drinks, decorating and musicians.
Bride and her party are used to paying both for the wedding photography and video.

Both bride and groom buy rings for each other.
Wedding invites as well as the announcements and programs lay amongst the bride’s expenses.

Bride and her family members are also paying for wedding transportation both to the ceremony and to the reception.


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