Who Pays What? Breakdown of Traditional Wedding Payments

In traditional weddings there is a various cost breakdown between the two families.  Here is a breakdown of suggested costs and who pays for what in a traditional wedding.

The Bride:

  • Wedding ring for the groom
  • Wedding gift for the groom
  • Presents for the bridal attendants, and flower girl(s)
  • Personal stationery
  • Bridesmaids’ luncheon (also includes Maid/Matron of Honor, Flower Girl and Guest Book Attendant)
  • Accommodations for out-of-town bridal attendants
  • Physical examination/blood test (if necessary)

 

 

The Groom:

  • The bride’s ring(s)
  • Wedding gift for the bride
  • Marriage license
  • Gifts for the groom attendants (best man, groomsmen, ushers, and ring bearer)
  • Wedding attire
  • Flowers: bride’s bouquet and going-away corsage, corsages for mothers, boutonnieres for the groom attendants
  • Accommodations for out-of-town groom attendants
  • Physical exam/blood test (if necessary)
  • Gloves, ties or ascots for groom attendants
  • Fee for the clergy
  • The honeymoon
  • Optional: Casual get-together for groom attendants (if no bachelor party)

Bride’s Family:

  • Wedding attire (Wedding Dress, Flower girl Dress, ect.)
  • Reception: food, beverages, wedding cake, gratuities for the bartenders and waiters, decorations, music, flowers, etc.
  • Wedding gift for the newlyweds
  • Wedding invitations, announcements, calligraphy, and mailing costs
  • Bride’s wedding attire/trousseau
  • Engagement and wedding photography and videography
  • Ceremony: rental of location, fees for organist, soloist or choir, and sexton, aisle carpet and/or canopy and any other additional costs for flowers and decorations
  • Personal flowers for attendants, Guest Book attendant, grandparents, etc.
  • Fees for directing traffic as well as parking costs and coat-check fees
  • Favors and Accessories
  • Transportation for bridal party to the wedding ceremony and from ceremony to reception
  • Wedding Consultant fee
  • Optional: rehearsal dinner, if the parents of the Groom are not hosting one

Groom’s Family:

  • Wedding attire (Father of the Groom should match Father of the Bride)
  • Travel and lodging expenses
  • Wedding gift for bride and groom
  • Rehearsal dinner and/or other wedding expenses they elect to assume

Attendants/Wedding Party:

  • Wedding attire
  • Travel expenses
  • Wedding gift for the couple

Guests:

  • Travel and lodging expenses (If not a destination wedding)
  • Wedding gift for the couple
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