Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Who Pays for What at a Wedding

Let's face it, money talks is not fun or sexy. Nobody likes to talk about it and much less when planning a wedding. Brides and grooms often are confused about who pays for what at a wedding because a) they have some "traditional" ideas, b) they are financially self-sufficient and don't know what to say when their parents want to help with wedding costs.

For reference, the following is the traditional breakdown of expenses:

Bride's family pays for: 

  • Engagement party (optional)
  • Wedding invitations and other stationery (announcements, thank-you notes, etc.)
  • Services of bridal consultant
  • Wedding gown and accessories
  • Flowers for ceremony and reception sites
  • Bouquets for bridesmaids
  • Music
  • Photography
  • Videography
  • Ceremony
  • Reception
  • Bridal party transportation to ceremony
    and reception
  • Family's wedding attire
norcal ceremony

norcal ceremony

Bride pays for: 
  • The groom's ring
  • The bridesmaids' luncheon
  • Gifts for the bridesmaids
  • Wedding gift for the groom
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wedding rings 2

Attendants pay for:
  • Bachelor and bachelorette parties
  • Gifts for the bride and groom (can purchase individual gifts or chip in on a group gift)
  • Wedding attire and accessories
  • Transportation to and from wedding town or city
norcal wedding

colorful bridesmaids

Groom's family pays for:
  • Engagement party (optional)
  • Rehearsal dinner
  • Their own wedding attire
wedding party

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Groom pays for:
  • The bride's rings
  • The marriage license
  • Officiant's fee
  • His formalwear
  • Personal flowers: the bride's bouquet, boutonnieres for wedding party, corsages for mothers and grandmothers
  • Gifts for the groomsmen
  • Wedding gift for the bride
  • Gifts for parents
  • Honeymoon
  • Transportation to the honeymoon

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What are your thoughts on these traditional wedding financial breakdowns? The bride's family pays for a lot! What are you opting to do for your wedding? Let us know how you are splitting the bill. 

~Monica Hui
Owner, Lead Planner and Designer
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