Budgeting: Who Pays For What?

Traditionally speaking weddings are usually paid for by multiple people. The bride and groom pay their fair share but so do mom and dad. This may not be case for everyone but if you are lucky enough to have some help splitting the bill, below is a break down of traditional cost splitting basics to help you work out a budget you and your family can agree on.

The Bride and her family

- Church, synagogue, organist and so on

- Wedding dress, veil, accessories and honeymoon clothes

- Floral arrangements for the ceremony and reception, plus the bridal party bouquets

- Photographer and videographer

- Engagement party

- Professional services including food and decorations

- Hair and makeup for you and the bridesmaids

- Grooms wedding ring

- Invitations and announcements

- Wedding day transportation

The Groom and his family

- Marriage license and officiant fee

- Grooms outfit

- the Brides bouquet and boutonnieres and corsages for mothers and grandmothers

- The complete honeymoon

- Plans and hosts the rehearsal dinner

- DJ/band and liquor

- Brides engagement and wedding rings

The Bridesmaids

- Bachelorette party

- Their own hotel and travel

- Wedding ensemble: dress, shoes, and accessories (including jewelry unless you are gifting that to them)

- The Bridal shower is the family is not

- Bridal shower gift

- Wedding Present

The Groomsmen

- Bachelor party

- Their own hotel and travel

- Wedding ensemble: tux, shoes and any accessories

- Wedding gift

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