In today’s world where the economy has taken its toll on families and weddings are quite expensive, the traditional budget planning sometimes has to be altered to fit the needs of each family, the bride and the groom. It is totally acceptable for the bride and groom to pay for the whole wedding, parts of the wedding or nothing at all. As a guideline we thought you might like to see the traditional splits of expenses to give you a starting point.
Bride and/or her family Groom and/or his family
Ceremony Marriage License and officiant’s fee
Reception food and décor Rehearsal Dinner
Flowers for ceremony, reception and bridesmaids Brides Bouquet and corsages for mothers and grandmothers
Boutonnieres for the groomsmen and groom
Bridal Gown Tuxedo
Photo and Video Honeymoon
Invitations and thank you notes
I hope this helps you make sense of the responsibilities of each family.
Bridesmaids and Groomsmen are responsible for:
Transportation to and from wedding
Overnight accommodations if needed
Bridal shower, bachelor party, bachelorette party
Gift for couple
hair, makeup and spa