Who Pays For What?
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Historically, the bride and/or her family have assumed the majority of the wedding related expense. The more modern approach allows for division of costs between the couple and/or both sets of parents. Following are some of the more traditional guidelines that you can adopt or modify to suit your particular needs. The itemization also provides a check list of matters that may require attention in your wedding preparations

[Note: Usually, the attendants will pay for their attire. If not, the bride will assume the expense of her attendants and the groom for his.]


  • Invitations, personal notes and mailing expense.
  • Cost of the reception.
  • Cost of the ceremony.
  • Photographic and videographic expense.
  • The groom’s wedding ring.
  • Favors.
  • Attendants’ bouquets.
  • Transportation for the wedding party.
  • Wedding dress, headpiece and accessories.
  • Lingerie.
  • Wedding consultant’s fee.
  • Groom’s gift.
  • Guest Book.
  • Accommodations for out-of-town bride’s attendants and guests.


  • Groom’s wedding attire.
  • Rehearsal dinner.
  • Marriage license.
  • Bride’s rings.
  • Honeymoon.
  • Wedding gifts for the bride, best man, groomsmen and ushers.
  • Flowers for the bride’s bouquet, corsages for the mothers and grandmothers.
  • Alcohol at reception.
  • Accommodations for out-of-town groomsmen, ushers and guests


  • Wedding gift for the couple.
  • Bachelor party and/or bacheloret party.
  • Travel costs.

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