Weddings can come with a hefty price tag but that isn’t a reason to start stressing. Nowadays, many couples pay for their own wedding or both families will split the cost. But it can be helpful to know what the traditional breakdowns are for who pays for the wedding.
Bride: Groom’s wedding ring, groom’s wedding gift, bridesmaids gifts, bridesmaids bouquets, thank you gifts for parents and transportation for bridesmaids to venue.
Groom: Bride’s engagement and wedding ring, bride’s wedding gift, groomsmen gifts, marriage license, officiant’s fee, boutonnieres (for groomsmen, fathers, and grandfathers), corsages (for mothers and grandmothers), transportation for groomsmen to venue, transportation for leaving the reception, honeymoon and wedding night accommodations.
Bride’s family: Engagement party, bride’s wedding gown and accessories, invitations, wedding planner, reception, ceremony (except officiant fee), wedding vendors (such as florist, photographer, baker, etc) and their own attire.
Groom’s family: Rehearsal dinner, alcohol at the wedding and their own attire.
Wedding party pays for: Their own attire and accessories, bachelor party (hosted by best man and groomsmen), bridal shower and bachelorette party (hosted by maid of honor and bridesmaids) and a wedding gift.
What happens if either set of parents are divorced?
Open communication is the way to go. Start by having a dialogue with your parents and establish the fact that you want them both involved in your special day. Then, explain the areas that you’d need help in. In situations like these, it’s important to have clear expectations and to make sure everyone is on the same page.
At the end of the day, the most important thing is that your wedding is special to you. Share this with both parties and they will most likely to their best to make you happy.
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