Who is paying for the wedding?

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