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Growing up, all you hear about weddings is that they are beautiful, elaborate, unforgettable, and that the bride’s parents have to take out a loan to pay for everything. I have recently found out, much to my mother’s relief that she is not the only one that has to pay for the wedding. Traditionally, there are certain things that the wedding party will pay for.

These are only suggestions and not set in stone – no one will judge you for how you pay for your big day. Use my research as a guideline for yourself and your wedding planning.

CEREMONY

  • The bride and her family traditionally pay for the church or ceremony venue and the musician that is present.
  • The groom and his family traditionally pay for the marriage license.

WEDDING ATTIRE

  • The bride and her family pay for her attire. This includes her dress, veil, shoes, and accessories.
  • The groom and his family pay for his suit, shoes, and any accessories.
  • Traditionally, the wedding party and all other attendees are to pay for their own attire.
  • We had some room in our budget and decided that we would pay for our bridesmaids and groomsmen. This is not traditional, but also not uncommon.

FLOWERS AND DÉCOR

  • The bride and her family pay for the flower arrangements at the ceremony and reception, as well as bouquets and corsages for the bridesmaids.
  • The groom and his family pay for the bride’s bouquet, boutonnieres and corsages for mothers, fathers, and grandparents.

HONEYMOON

  • The groom and his family pay for this.

PHOTOGRPAHY

  • The bride and her family pay for the photos and videos of the wedding.

PRE-WEDDING PARTIES

  • Bride or groom’s family plans and hosts the engagement party, if there is more than one, then the bride’s family pays and hosts for the first one.
  • Groom’s family plans and hosts the rehearsal dinner.
  • Maid of honour and bridesmaid plan and host the bridal shower and bachelorette party.
  • The Best Man and groomsmen plan and host the bachelor party.
  • Friends may throw additional parties.

RECEPTION

  • The bride and her family to pay for all professional services needed at the reception, including food and décor.
  • The groom and his family to pay for the DJ or music and the drinks.

RINGS

  • The bride and her family traditionally pay for the groom’s ring.
  • The groom and his family traditionally pay for the bride’s ring.

STATIONERY

  • The bride and her family traditionally pay for the wedding invitations, announcements, wedding programs, and all additional stationery items.

TRANSPORTATION

  • The bride and her family pay for transportation to and from the ceremony and reception venues.
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