Wednesday, April 11, 2012


One thing that always confuses me, is who traditionally pays? There are many ways to handle the costs of a wedding. The family might offer a flat amount, which the bride and groom can use how they like. The bride and groom may be paying for the whole thing themselves. The family may offer to pay for a specific part of the wedding. However, the traditional breakdown goes something like this...

Bride's Family
Invitations and announcements (including postage)
Wedding dress and accessories
Bouquets for the bridesmaids and flower girl
Groom's boutonniere
Bridesmaids party or luncheon
Flowers for the ceremony and reception
Rental costs for the ceremony and reception
Photography and videography
Musicians for the wedding and reception
Food, beverages, catering for the reception
Wedding cake
Gifts for the bridesmaids
Accommodations for the bridesmaids
Groom's wedding gift
Groom's wedding ring
Transportation for the wedding party on the wedding day

Groom's Family
Marriage license
Officiant's fee
Rehearsal dinner
Bride's bouquet
Decorations on the "just married" car
Corsages for mothers and boutonnieres for groomsmen
Gifts for groomsmen
Accommodations for groomsmen
Bride's wedding gift
Bride's engagement and wedding rings
Groom's wedding attire