Who pays for what?

Julianne and Kevin – May 14th 2016 Botanic Gardens at Chatfield
June 20, 2016
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June 24, 2016
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In the past, the bride’s family paid for the majority of the wedding expenses.  While the groom’s family got off easy with just the rehearsal dinner, and the groom himself paid for the honeymoon and rings.

But with the costs of weddings going up and couples waiting till later in life to marry more brides and grooms are paying for their own weddings. I would say the majority of my clients fall into this category.  It also appears that the parents of the groom are offering more to contribute then in the past.

A new trend that I think we will be seeing more of is the wedding being split into thirds…bride/groom, brides family, grooms family.  Each paying a portion to lighten the load. We suggest before you start any planning, you chat with all paying parties.  Who is going to contribute?  How much?  Having this convo upfront will save a lot of stress and drama down the line.

For reference, the following is the traditional breakdown of expenses:

Bride’s family pays for:

  • Engagement party (split)
  • Wedding invitations/announcements
  • Gown
  • Music, Photographer, Ceremony, reception and all associated charges

Grooms Family pays for:

  • Engagement Party (split)
  • Rehearsal dinner
  • Their own wedding attire

Groom pays for:

  • Bride’s rings
  • Marriage License
  • Gifts for Groomsmen, bride and his parents
  • Honeymoon

Bride pays for:

  • Gifts for bridesmaids, groom and her parents
  • Ring for the groom
  • Bridesmaids luncheon

Attendees pay for:

  • Bachelorette and bachelorette parties
  • Gifts for bride and groom
  • Wedding attire

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