Who pays for what?


Traditional wedding expenses are divided up as follows:

Bride’s Expenses

  • Wedding ring for groom
  • Wedding gift for groom
  • Gifts for bridal attendants
  • Personal stationary
  • Accommodations for out-of town attendants

Groom’s Expenses

  • The bride’s engagement and wedding rings
  • Gifts for the best man and ushers
  • Bride’s bouquet and going-away corsage
  • Mother’s corsages
  • Boutonnieres for attendants and fathers
  • Marriage license
  • Clergy/officiant fee
  • Honeymoon expenses

Bride’s Family

  • Engagement party
  • Ceremony Costs such as the location / venue, music, rentals and all other related expenses
  • Entire cost of reception including food, beverages, DJ, rentals, decorations, wedding cakes, etc.
  • Bride’s attire and accessories
  • Wedding invitations, announcements and mailing cost


  • Wedding attire for themselves
  • Travel expenses
  • Gift for couple
  • Showers given by maid of honor or bridesmaids
  • Bachelor party given by best man or ushers

Bride and Groom

  • Gifts of appreciation for parents and others who helped with the wedding
  • Expenses of items which exceeded the wedding budget provided by the parents


  • Attendants dresses may be purchased by the bride or her family
  • Bride may give bridesmaid’s luncheon
  • Bride’s bouquet may be purchased by her family
  • Corsages for mothers and grandmothers may be paid by the bride’s family
  • Rehearsal dinner is usually hosted by the groom’s family, but may be hosted by the bride’s family or friend