Budget: Who Pays For What

Let’s start by saying that traditions are changing and it’s more common that you, as the couple, are the ones fronting the bill for your wedding. If you are getting help from your parents it’s best to know how much they are contributing right at the beginning so you can budget accordingly. Equally, if your parents are paying for the wedding, then they become the hosts and all of this needs to be stated properly on invitations and they hold more weight in the decision making process.

Traditionally, here is what the bride family pays for:

  • The ceremony
  • The reception (including the bar and decor)
  • Brides dress and accessories
  • The grooms ring and gift
  • Attendants gifts and accommodations
  • All stationary
  • Photographer/videographer
  • Flowers for bridesmaids, flower girl, ring bearer
  • Transportation for wedding party
  • All gratuities
  • Bridal shower

As for the groom’s parents, here are the parts they traditionally cover

  • Brides ring and gift
  • The honeymoon
  • Gifts for groomsmen and accommodations
  • The marriage license
  • The brides flowers and corsages for important women (mothers, grandmothers) and boutonnieres for wedding party
  • Groomsmen accessories
  • The grooms attire
  • The cost of the officiant
  • Any travel and accommodations
  • The rehearsal dinner
  • A wedding gift for the couple

The bridal party covers the cost of their clothes and shoes, any travel expenses (not accommodations), a gift, and the bridal shower and bachelor party.

These traditions also vary in different cultures.

Once you have determined if or how much financial assistance you are getting from family members, then it’s time to set your budget.

Need help budgeting and the planning process? Contact me and let’s chat on how I can help you make your wedding stress free.


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