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Who Pays for What?

Below are some of the more traditional guidelines that you can adopt or modify to suit your particular needs. The itemization also provides a check list of matters that may require attention in your wedding preparations. Historically, the bride and/or her family have assumed the majority of the wedding related expense. The more modern approach allows for division of costs between the couple and/or both sets of parents.

Note: Usually, the attendants will pay for their attire. If not, the bride will assume the expense of her attendants and the groom for his.

  • Engagement Party: Bride OR groom's family plans and hosts.
  • Wedding dress, headpiece and accessories.
  • Lingerie.
  • Invitations, personal notes and mailing expense.
  • Wedding programs.
  • Napkins/Matches/Printed items.
  • Guest book.
  • Groom’s wedding ring.
  • Groom’s gift.
  • Father of bride formal wear.
  • Bridesmaid gifts.
  • Bridesmaids' bouquets.
  • Bridal brunch.
  • Grandmother corsages.
  • Church fee.
  • Ceremony/Reception flowers.
  • Ceremony rentals. (arches, candelabras, chairs, etc.)
  • Wedding breakfast.
  • Reception hall & rentals.
  • Reception favors, cameras.
  • Catering.
  • Music - Ceremony & Reception.
  • Photographic and videographic expense.
  • Transportation for the wedding party.
  • Wedding consultant’s fee.
  • Accommodations for out-of-town bride’s attendants and guests.
  • Engagement Party: Bride OR groom's family plans and hosts.
  • Bride’s rings.
  • Groom’s wedding attire.
  • Flowers for the bride’s bouquet, corsages for the mothers and grandmothers.
  • Groom's boutonniere.
  • Groomsmen & Usher's boutonnieres.
  • Father of groom formal wear.
  • Gloves/Ties/Ascots for attendants.
  • Gifts for the bride, best man, groomsmen and ushers.
  • Rehearsal dinner.
  • Marriage license.
  • Clergyman/Officiant Fee
  • Limousine for bride & groom.
  • Groom's cake.
  • Alcohol at reception.
  • Honeymoon.
  • Accommodations for out-of-town groomsmen, ushers and guests.
  • Wedding gift for the couple.
  • Maid of Honor Gown. (Maid of Honor)
  • Bridesmaid's Gowns. (Bridesmaid's)
  • Bachelor-(ette) party. (Maid Honor & Bridesmaid's)
  • Bachelor party. (Best Man & Groomsmen)
  • Best Man Formal Wear. (Best Man)
  • Car decorations. (Best Man)
  • Groomsmen's Formal Wear. (Groomsmen)
  • Usher's Formal Wear. (Ushers)
  • Children's Formal Wear (Children's Parents)
  • Travel costs., Inc.
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