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:
Grooms Family pays for:
Groom pays for:
Bride pays for:
Attendees pay for: