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Traditional Wedding Planning

Who Pays For What?

Here is the traditional list that wedding teams have looked to for decades upon decades when trying to find the rules of who pays. Of course, like today’s couples, you can decide to personalize this list and let anyone pay for the portion they can or want to cover. I’ve included it here to get you thinking…in a few pages, you’ll be able to customize your wedding budget.

The Bride Pays For:

  • The groom’s wedding ring. Try our fine quality wedding bands for him.
  • The groom’s wedding gift
  • The bridesmaids’ gifts and Maid of Honor gift
  • Medical examination and blood test for the marriage license, as required by the state
  • Stationery for after the wedding

The Groom Pays For:

  • The bride’s engagement ring. Try our custom ring design options.
  • The bride’s wedding ring. Try our fine quality wedding bands for her.
  • The bride’s wedding gift
  • His own tuxedo, shoes, accessories, or other wedding day wardrobe
  • Gifts for his ushers, groomsmen, and Best Man
  • The bride’s bouquet
  • The bride’s going-away corsage or bouquet
  • Corsages for the mothers, stepmothers, grandmothers, and other honored women
  • Boutonnieres for male wedding party members and fathers
  • Medical examination and blood test for the marriage license
  • The marriage license
  • The officiant’s fee
  • The honeymoon

The Bride’s Family Pays For:

  • The engagement party
  • The wedding coordinator (if applicable)
  • Ceremony cost: location, music, rentals, and all related expenses
  • Entire cost of reception, including catering, wedding cake, desserts, beverages, entertainment, décor, etc.
  • Bride’s gown, veil, shoes, and all accessories
  • A wedding gift for the bride and groom
  • Wedding invitations, Save the Date cards, and announcements
  • Postage for the invitations, announcements, and other mailed items
  • The bridesmaids’ bouquets
  • The flower girls’ bouquets
  • Transportation for the wedding day
  • Bridal brunch on the morning of the wedding
  • Photography
  • Videography
  • Floral décor
  • Favors
  • Special, sentimental items: unity candle, toasting flutes, ring pillow, money purse, etc.
  • Their own wedding day wardrobes: dress, tuxedo rentals, accessories, shoes, etc.
  • Taxes and tips
  • Travel and lodging for their guests (optional)

The Groom’s Family Pays For:

  • Rehearsal expenses
  • The rehearsal dinner, including menu, drinks, invitations, décor, etc.
  • Wedding gift for the bride and groom
  • Their own wedding wardrobes: gown, tuxedo rental, shoes, accessories, etc.
  • Travel and lodging for groom’s family members (optional)
  • Special sentimental items: unity candle, toasting flutes, ring pillow, etc.
  • Taxes and tips

The Attendants Pay For:

  • Wedding wardrobe and accessories
  • Fittings and alterations
  • Wedding day salon trip for hair, nails, etc.
  • Their own travel and lodging expenses (if not complimentary)
  • Wedding gifts for bride and groom
  • Showers
  • Bachelor or bachelorette parties

The Bride and Groom Pay For:

  • Gifts for wedding party and parents
  • Gifts for all that helped with the wedding
  • Extra expenses not covered by the parents’ budget






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