Who Pays for What?



With so many expenses going into a wedding, it can be hard to keep track on which costs are supposed to be paid for by which parties. Traditionally, the bride’s family pays for the majority of the event, with the groom’s family paying a few of the lesser expenses. To help clear things up, here’s a little breakdown of how to split costs in the most traditional sense.

Bride’s Family:

  • Everything related to the party and the reason for the party (Ceremony + Reception)
    • Venue
    • Food
    • Rentals
    • Flowers for centerpieces and bridesmaids
    • Entertainment
  • Stationary
    • Invitation suites
    • Menus and programs
  • Photography + Videography
  • Transportation
  • Wedding dress + Accessories

Groom’s Family: 

  • Marriage License
  • Officiant fees
  • Rehearsal Dinner
  • Corsages + Boutonnieres
  • Bride’s bouquet
  • Groomsmen’s gifts
  • Groom’s attire
  • Honeymoon

The Bridal Party also has a few responsibilities. Typically, the bridesmaids would be responsible for the cost of their dresses, hair and makeup, the bachelorette party and the bridal shower. The groomsmen are responsible for their own attire and taking care of the bachelor party.

Now, while these are the traditional breakdowns, they are not strict. Many couples now are contributing to their own nuptials and paying for the affair themselves. It is important, no matter who is contributing, to discuss the financial considerations with anyone who might be involved, set a budget and stick to it!


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