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Who Pays For What

The breakdown of Traditional Expenses

Traditionally, the expenses involved are paid for by the bride, the groom, and their families as follows:

The Bride:

  • A wedding ring for the groom.
  • A wedding gift for the groom.
  • Gifts for the bridal attendants.
  • Personal stationery.
  • Medical examination and blood test.
  • Accommodations for out-of-town attendants.
  • The Groom:

  • The bride's engagement and wedding rings.
  • A wedding gift for the bride.
  • Gifts for the best man and ushers.
  • Groom's wedding attire.
  • Bride's bouquet and going away corsage.
  • Mothers' corsages
  • Boutonnieres for at endants and fathers
  • Medical examination and blood test.
  • Marriage license.
  • Clergyman's fee.
  • The honeymoon expenses.
  • Bachelor dinner (if not given by the best man, optional).
  • The Bride's Family:

  • Engagement party (optional).
  • Ceremony cost: location, music, rentals, and all related expenses.
  • Entire cost of reception: food, beverage, entertainment, rental items, decorations, wedding cake.
  • Bride's wedding attire and accessories.
  • A wedding gift for the couple.
  • Wedding invitations, announcements, and mailing costs.
  • Bridesmaids' bouquets.
  • Transportation for bridal party from bride's home to the site of ceremony.
  • Bridesmaids' luncheon.
  • Photography (groom's parents may pay for the pictures they would like).
  • Personal wedding attire.
  • Floral decorations.
  • Special item they may wish to purchase: toasting goblets, ring pillow, etc.
  • The Groom's Family:

  • Rehearsal dinner party.
  • Personal wedding attire.
  • Travel and accommodations for groom's family.
  • Wedding gift for the bride and groom.
  • Special item they may wish to purchase: toasting goblets, ring pillow, etc.
  • Any general expenses they may wish to contribute.
  • The Attendants:

  • Wedding attire for themselves.
  • Any travel expenses.
  • Wedding gift for bride and groom.
  • Showers given by maid of honor or bridesmaids.
  • Bachelor party given by best man or ushers.
  • The Bride and Groom:

  • Gifts of appreciation for parents or others who helped with your wedding.
  • Expenses of items desired which have exceeded original budget allocations.
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