Who Pays for The Wedding?

As you start your wedding planning, there is no doubt that money will become one of the main topics of conversation as you start finding suppliers and finalising details, but who pays for the wedding?

You might have heard that, traditionally, the bride’s father pays for the wedding, but this is not entirely true. Much to the relief of the father of the bride, there are occasions where other members of the wedding party contribute to the wedding expenses.

Each wedding is unique and traditions do not need to be followed. We are seeing a lot of modern weddings that are starting their own traditions not only in their wedding day, but also how a wedding is paid for. Here is a guide to help you establish who traditionally pays for what for your wedding.

CEREMONY

  • The bride and her family traditionally pay for the church or ceremony venue and the musician that is present.
  • The groom and his family traditionally pay for the marriage license.

WEDDING ATTIRE

  • The bride and her family pay for her attire. This includes her dress, veil, shoes, and accessories.
  • The groom and his family pay for his suit, shoes, and any accessories.
  • Traditionally, the wedding party and all other attendees are to pay for their own attire.
  • Some couples that have room in their budget to pay for the groomsmen’s suits and bridesmaids dresses. This is not traditional, but also not uncommon.

FLOWERS AND DÉCOR

  • The bride and her family pay for the flower arrangements at the ceremony and reception, as well as bouquets and corsages for the bridesmaids.
  • The groom and his family pay for the bride’s bouquet, all boutonnieres and corsages for mothers, fathers, and grandparents.

HONEYMOON

  • The groom and his family pay for this.

PHOTOGRPAHY

  • The bride and her family pay for the photos and videos of the wedding.

PRE-WEDDING PARTIES

  • Bride or groom’s family plans and hosts the engagement party, if there is more than one, then the bride’s family pays and hosts for the first one.
  • Groom’s family plans and hosts the rehearsal dinner.
  • Maid of honour and bridesmaid plan and host the bridal shower and bachelorette party.
  • The Best Man and groomsmen plan and host the bachelor party.
  • Friends may throw additional parties.

RECEPTION

  • The bride and her family to pay for all professional services needed at the reception, including food and décor.
  • The groom and his family to pay for the DJ or music and the drinks.

RINGS

  • The bride and her family traditionally pay for the groom’s ring.
  • The groom and his family traditionally pay for the bride’s ring.

STATIONERY

  • The bride and her family traditionally pay for the wedding invitations, announcements, wedding programs, and all additional stationery items.

TRANSPORTATION

  • The bride and her family pay for transportation to and from the ceremony and reception venues.

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