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Dividing the costs of a wedding

Who pays for what?

As we all know, planning a wedding is expensive, and it is important to stick to a budget which will determine the style and the size of the celebration. Traditionally, the bride’s family pays for the costs of the ceremony and the reception.

Nevertheless, times have changed and the costs are usually shared more equally. The bride and groom themselves often pay for their own wedding. If you prefer to follow traditional etiquette, then the costs should be divided in the following way:

THE BRIDE

The groom’s wedding band.
Gifts for her attendants.
Wedding gift for the groom.
Hair, make-up, beauty.
Sometimes accommodation for out-of-town attendants.

playmobile-bride-and-groomTHE GROOM

His wedding attire.
The engagement ring.
The bride’s wedding band.
Marriage license.
Wedding gift for the bride.
Gifts for his groomsmen.
The bride’s bouquet.
Corsages for the mothers and grandmothers.
Boutonnieres for the men in the wedding party.
Payment for the minister or judge.
The honeymoon.
Sometimes accommodation for out-of-town groomsmen.

THE GROOM’S FAMILY

Their wedding attire.
Wedding gifts for the bride and groom.
The rehearsal dinner the evening before the wedding – invitations, food, and drink.

THE BRIDE’S FAMILY

family-groupTheir wedding attire.
Wedding gifts for the bride and groom.
Engagement party (optional).
Ceremony costs: rental of the church, choir or organist, aisle runner.
The total cost of the reception: venue, food, drink, music, decoration, entertainment, and wait staff.
The bride’s attire and accessories.
Floral arrangements for the ceremony, reception and bridesmaids.
Invitations, programs and announcements in magazines or newspapers.
Total cost of photography.
Wedding favors.
Transportation for bride and groom and attendants.

THE GUESTS

Their wedding attire.
Travel costs to attend the wedding.
Wedding gifts for the bride and groom.

THE BRIDAL PARTY

Their wedding attire.
Travel costs to attend the wedding.
Wedding gifts for the bride and groom.

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