Paying for your wedding: who pays for what?

intro imageTimes have certainly changed from when a bride’s father was saddled with the lion’s share of the wedding bill. But who exactly is responsible for picking up the tab? We’ve put together a quick guide to who should pay for what according to both modern and traditional standards.

MODERN

The bride and groom: bride and groom’s wedding ring; gifts for the bridal attendants; gifts for the best man and groomsmen; suit hire for the groom;
bride’s and bridesmaids’ bouquets, the corsages and boutonnieres; celebrant and ceremony fees; wedding invitations; photographer; wedding cake; gifts of appreciation; wedding cars; bomboniere, wedding favours; bridal gown and accessories; the honeymoon.

The bride’s family: newspaper announcement; the reception venue and food; ceremony and reception flowers.

The groom’s family: wedding gift for the bride and groom; the reception beverages; any general expenses they may wish to contribute.

The wedding party: bridesmaids’ dresses, shoes, etc; groomsmen’s suits, shoes, etc; hens’ night given by maid of honour or bridesmaids; bucks’ night given by best man or groomsmen.

TRADITIONAL

The bride: groom’s wedding ring; gifts for the groom and bridal party; bomboniere, wedding favours.

The groom: the bride’s wedding ring; a wedding gift for the bride; gifts for the best man and groomsmen; suit hire for himself; bride’s and bridesmaids’ bouquets, the corsages and boutonniere; celebrant and ceremony fees; the honeymoon.

The bride’s family: newspaper announcement; the reception; bridal gown and accessories; a wedding gift for the bride and groom; wedding invitations; ceremony and reception flowers; photographer; wedding cake.

The groom’s family: wedding gift for the bride and groom; any general expenses they may wish to contribute.

The wedding party: bridesmaids’ dresses; hens’ night given by maid of honour or bridesmaids; bucks’ night given by best man or groomsmen; the bride and groom; gifts of appreciation for those who helped with your wedding.

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