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Who Pays For What?

Who is responsible for paying for this and that? This is a very common question. Obviously, you can do your wedding any way you want. In this day in age, everyone contributes to each part of the wedding versus the bride's family paying for certain things and the groom's family paying for other things. According to Lovegevity University, this is the guideline to a traditional list that each party is responsible to pay for.



The Bride:

  • Wedding ring for the groom

  • Wedding gift for the groom

  • Accommodations for out-of-town attendants

  • Personal physical examination

  • Gifts for the bridal attendants


The Bride's Family:

  • Hosting engagement party

  • Invitations, announcements, and mailing costs

  • Bride’s wedding attire

  • Ceremony, including rental of venue, fees for organist, soloist, choir, and/ or sexton, aisle carpets and/or canopy, and any other additional costs for decorations

  • Engagement and wedding photographs and video

  • Transportation for bridal party to the wedding ceremony and from the from the ceremony to reception Bridesmaids’ luncheon

  • The reception, including food, wedding cake, beverages, gratuities for the bartenders and waiters, decorations, music, and flowers

  • Wedding gift for the newlyweds


The Groom:

  • Wedding ring for the bride

  • Wedding gift for bride

  • The marriage license

  • Gifts for the best man, groomsmen, and ushers

  • Fee for the officiator (celebrant)

  • Gloves, ties, or ascots for the men in the wedding party

  • Personal physical examination

  • The honeymoon

  • Bride and bridesmaids’ bouquets


The Groom's Family:

  • Wedding gift for the couple

  • Travel expenses, hotel bills

  • Wedding attire

  • The Attendants

  • Rehearsal dinner


The Maid of Honor (Single) or Matron of Honor (Married):

The maid of honor is one of the legal witnesses for the ceremony, but her duties begin the moment she accepts the offer from the bride

A maid or matron of honor is responsible for:

  • The bridal shower and pre- wedding gatherings

  • Helping the bride to choose the bridesmaids' dresses

  • Addressing invitations and if necessary, helping to create favors

  • Supervising the attendants for fittings and rehearsals

  • Holding the groom's ring at the ceremony

  • Tending to the bride's needs and her gown

  • Holding the bride's bouquet at the ceremony

  • Overall, helping to reduce the stress of the bride


The Best Man:

The best man is also a legal witness to the marriage and is responsible for:

  • Planning the bachelor party

  • Helping with the gift to the groom from the ushers

  • Attending the rehearsal dinner

  • Getting the groom to the ceremony on time

  • Delivering the payment to the clergy

  • Holding the bride's wedding ring

  • Coordinating the ushers

  • Offering the first toast to the bride and groom

  • Decorating the newlyweds' car and readying it for the bride and groom after the reception


Again, this is based on Lovegevity University, and this is the guideline to a traditional list that not everyone is expected to follow! It’s your wedding so do your wedding YOUR way!


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