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Wedding Who Pays for What

Wedding Budgeting

Many couples today are sharing weddings costs with both sets of parents or even paying for the event themselves. The following is a traditional scope of who pays for what that you can use as a guideline. The important thing is—​to talk it through with those involved so you can determine your budget early on.


  • Determine your budget asap
  • Determine your must-have’s? Prioritize from highest to lowest what the most important... needs, wants, and "would be nice"

    The Bride and Parents of the Bride

  • Wedding Consultant/Coordinator
  • Wedding dress and accessories
  • Bridesmaid gifts
  • Flowers: bridesmaids, flower girl basket and pillow for ring bearer
  • The groom’s ring and gift
  • Engagement party and/or notices
  • Save the Dates, Invitations, Thank You Cards and associated stationery
  • Wedding reception
  • Decorations, flowers for reception
  • Wedding cake
  • Photography, Videography
  • Transportation of the wedding party
  • Possibly, hotel accommodations for out of town attendants
  • Miscellaneous costs for reception or ceremony
  • Music

    The Groom and the Groom’s Family

  • Engagement and wedding ring
  • Bride’s bouquet
  • Groomsmen gifts
  • Wedding attire and accessories
  • Marriage license
  • Clergy, Officiate
  • Corsages for parents and grandparents
  • Boutonnieres for groomsmen and fathers
  • Rehearsal dinner
  • Honeymoon (possibly shared by both bride and groom)
  • Possibly, hotel accommodations for out of town attendants


  • Dresses and accessories
  • Travel expenses
  • Bride’s shower


  • Rental of tuxedos and accessories
  • Travel expenses
  • Bachelor party