Wedding Planning Budget: Who Pays for What?  

Wedding Planning Budget: Who Pays for What?

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It’s no secret that weddings aren’t cheap, with the average event costing somewhere close to $20,000. With figures in the tens of thousands, even the most modern of couples could use a hand from mom and dad when it comes to the budget for wedding essentials. If your folks are planning to lend a hand with wedding costs, we offer a traditional look at who pays for what at the wedding.

Who Pays: The Bride

  • The groom’s gift
  • The groom’s ring
  • Gifts for the bridal party
  • Wedding beauty (hair, nails, spa treatments, etc.)

Who Pays: The Groom

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  • The bride’s gift
  • The bride’s wedding ring (and engagement ring)
  • Gifts for the groomsmen
  • The marriage license
  • His tuxedo and accessories

Who Pays: The Happy Couple Together

  • The marriage license
  • Flowers for both mothers
  • The honeymoon (unless the groom’s family pays)
  • The wedding officiant fee
  • Photography and video
  • Blood tests (if required)
  • Transportation for the bridal party to the ceremony and reception

Who Pays: The Bride’s Parents

  • The bride’s dress
  • Bridal accessories
  • Venue expenses (the ceremony site, reception location, floral and decor, rentals, music and entertainment, catering, etc.)
  • The wedding cake and the groom’s cake
  • Wedding stationary (save the date’s, announcements, invitations, etc.)
  • The bridal bouquet and the bridesmaid’s bouquets
  • The bridesmaid luncheon/tea
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Who Pays: The Groom’s Parents

  • The rehearsal dinner
  • The honeymoon (if not handled by the couple)

Who Pays: The Wedding Party

  • Formalwear and bridesmaid dress
  • Travel accommodations
  • Bachelor/Bachelorette Parties
  • Showers

Throughout your wedding planning, be sure to discuss your wants with both parents, especially if they will be footing the majority of the bill. Sticking to your wedding planning budget will also help quell any unexpected surprises. Remember to get copies of all receipts and contracts, and most importantly, remember to keep the lines of communication open with your family as things change.

For more help with wedding budgets, see Wedding Planning: Splitting Wedding Costs
 
 
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