Who Pays for What?

Planning a wedding can be very exciting, but when you have to start paying – it’s a different story.

After setting the date and deciding whether the ceremony will be formal, semiformal or informal, you can decide who pays for what.

The less formal the wedding of course the less expensive.

Who pays for what then? Unlike a decade ago, the lines are no longer rigidly drawn. The burden of paying for the wedding has shifted in recent years from the shoulders of the father of the bride, to include the groom's family. With today’s hurried life, people intend to wait before getting married – save money – and between the two of them, pay for their own wedding.

Here is a general guideline to help you with this headache.

The Bride typically pays for:

  • The Wedding ring for the Groom
  • Gifts for the Attendants
  • Accommodation for out-of-town Attendants
  • The Wedding gift for the Groom

The Bride's Family typically pays for:

  • The costs of the reception.
  • The Bride's Wedding attire/trousseau
  • Invitations, announcements, thank you notes
  • The seating assignment chart, napkins and mailing costs
  • Photographer
  • Videographer
  • Ceremony costs
  • Bridesmaids, flower girl, ring bearer flowers and accessories
  • Transportation for bridal party on Wedding day from ceremony to reception.
  • All gratuities for all services: parking, security
  • Bridesmaid luncheon

The Groom typically pays for:

  • The Bride's rings including the Engagement ring
  • The honeymoon
  • Wedding gift for the bride
  • The marriage license
  • The Groom's men gifts
  • Accommodation for out-of-town groom's men
  • Flowers for the Bride
  • The going-away corsage,
  • corsages for mothers, special ladies;
  • The boutonnieres for men in wedding party
  • The gloves, ties and accessories for the men in the wedding party
  • Fee for clergyperson or judge

The Groom's Family typically pays for:

  • Clothing for the Wedding
  • Travel and lodging expenses
  • Rehearsal dinner
  • The Wedding gift for the newlyweds

The Attendants typically pay for: