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Wedding Budget: Who Pays for What

Nowadays, weddings are paid for in a variety of ways -- mom and dad, bride and groom. While there definitely isn't a right way or a wrong way, here is what tradition says.

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Bride and Groom

  • Gifts for your parents
  • Other items that aren't covered in the budget

Bride

  • Groom's wedding ring
  • A wedding gift for the groom
  • Gifts for bridal attendants

Groom

  • Bride's engagement and wedding rings
  • Gift for bride
  • Marriage license
  • Officiant's fee
  • Bride's bouquet
  • Mothers' corsages
  • Boutonnieres for attendants and fathers
  • Honeymoon expenses
  • Gifts for groom's attendants
  • His attire

Bride's Family

  • Ceremony costs
  • Entire reception cost (food, beverages, entertainment, rental items, decorations, and wedding cake)
  • Bride's wedding attire and accessories
  • A wedding gift for the couple
  • Invitation and announcements
  • Bridesmaids' bouquets
  • Transportation for the bridal party from home, to bride's home, to the site ceremony
  • Photography
  • Personal wedding attire
  • Floral decorations

Groom's Family

  • Rehearsal dinner party
  • Personal wedding attire
  • Travel and accommodations for groom's family
  • Wedding gift for the bride and groom
  • Special items they may wish to purchase: toasting goblets, ring pillow, etc.
  • Any general expense they may wish to contribute

Attendants

  • Their own attire
  • Travel expenses for themselves
  • Wedding gift for the bride and groom
  • A bridal shower thrown by maid of honor and bridesmaids
  • Groomsmen host the bachelor party
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