Who Pays for What in a Wedding!


Who Pays for What in a Wedding?

Are you planning a wedding? Here is what traditionally each family pays for. As a modern time typically the groom and bride share the costs together.

The Brides Family:

  • Wedding dress, veil, accessories
  • Trousseau and lingerie
  • Invitations, announcements, enclosures, and personal stationary
  • Bouquets/corsages for attendants
  • Flowers for the ceremony and reception site
  • Engagement and wedding photographs
  • Rental Fee for the ceremony and reception hall
  • Rental Free for the church or chapel or venue
  • Fees for the sexton, organists, and soloist
  • Rental Fees for aisle carpet and other equipment
  • Transportation for the bridal party to the ceremony and reception sites
  • Groom’s ring
  • Wedding gift for the groom
  • Complete reception: all food, beverages, music, decorations, gratuities, and other services
  • Gifts for the Bride’s Attendants
  • Hotel lodging for any attendants and friends from out of town
  • Gratuities to police or attendants directing traffic and/or parking
  • Bridesmaids luncheon
  • Rehearsal dinner
  • Corsages for mothers, grandparents, and special guests


Groom and His Family:

  • Bride’s engagement and wedding ring
  • Marriage license
  • Ceremony official fee
  • Brides flowers (bouquet and going away flowers)
  • Wedding gift for the bride
  • Hotel lodging for the out of town ushers
  • Gifts for the best man and ushers and groomsman
  • Wedding night suite
  • Rehearsal dinner
  • Honeymoon
  • Blood Tests (Not all states require this)
  • Gloves, ties, and ascots for men in the wedding party



  • Personal wedding attire (except flowers)
  • Personal traveling expenses (except hotel)

Topic: Who pays for what in a wedding?


  1. michelle

    Great list, my brother and his fiance can def use this. My husband and his family (luckily) split all of the bills for our wedding. I was finishing school and drowning in student loans, and could barely afford anything on my own.

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