Traditional Wedding Planning - Who Pays for What

Traditionally, there are certain expenses that each family or member of the wedding party are responsible for. However, use this as a guideline. If you're a bit non-traditional feel free to change as you feel is necessary.

Bride's Family

  • All of the reception costs (i.e., room rental, food, and beverages).
  • Bridesmaids' bouquets and flowers.
  • Decorative accessories for the ceremony and reception.
  • Music for the ceremony and reception.
  • Groom's wedding gift and wedding band.
  • Bridesmaids' gifts and their hotel accommodations.
  • Photographer and photographs.
  • Wedding stationery - invitations, announcements & wedding programs.
  • Bride's wedding gown, accessories and trousseau.
  • Transportation and parking expenses for the ceremony and reception.
  • Groom's ring
  • Wedding Ceremony - Venue, music & all d├ęcor.
  • Wedding attire - Bride's dress, veil, & accessories.
  • Bridesmaid's attire - Bridesmaid expenses are typically the brides side responsibility.
  • Reception - all professional services including food, drink, decorations & music.
  • Transportation - Wedding transportation of bridal party to and from ceremony and reception.
  • Flowers - Flower arrangements at the church, reception, bouquets & corsages for bridesmaids & flower girls

Groom's Family

  • Bride's rings and wedding gift.
  • Marriage license.
  • Groomsmen's gifts.
  • Ties and gloves for the groom's party.
  • Bride's bouquet and corsage.
  • Corsages for mothers and grandmothers.
  • Boutonnieres for the groom's party.
  • Ceremony license & officiant fee.
  • Rehearsal dinner.
  • Honeymoon.
  • Pre-wedding celebrations~ Bachelorette's dinner, rehearsal dinner (Either family or the couple can host & cover the expense for the engagement party.)
  • Groomsmen attire ~tux expenses are typically the grooms side responsibility (some families feel it is okay for attendants to pay for their own attire.)

Bridesmaids & Maid of Honor

  • Purchase of bridesmaids' dresses and all accessories
  • Wedding gift for couple
  • Hotel accommodations and travel expenses if necessary
  • Shower and/or luncheon for the bride

Best Man & Ushers

  • Rental of wedding attire
  • Transportation to and from location of the wedding
  • Gift for the couple
  • Bachelor party/dinner for the groom
  • Hotel accommodations when necessary

Ring Bearer & Flower Girl

  • Childrens' parents are responsible for the cost of all wedding attire
  • Parents are responsible for any travel expenses (including hotels if necessary)

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