Wedding Financial Responsibility Chart

Who pays for what?,  is the question we all have when it comes to wedding planning. Traditionally, wedding expenses are divided among the brides and grooms families, the bride, the groom, the wedding party, and out-of-town guests.

The Bride’s Family:

  • Engagement Party
  • Wedding invitations, announcements, and enclosures, including the mailing costs
  • Bride’s wedding and attire and trousseau
  • Rental fees for the ceremony site
  • Incidental ceremony expenses, such as the fees paid to the organist, soloist, and sexton
  • Ceremony and reception photography and videography
  • Transportation to and from the ceremony and reception sites for the female attendants
  • Entire cost of the reception
  • Bouquets and corsages for the bridesmaids, maid or matron of honor, and flower girl
  • Flowers for the ceremony and reception sites
  • Flowers sent to all hostesses who entertain the bride and groom
  • Their own wedding attire

The Groom’s Family:

  • Rehearsal dinner
  • Travel costs and accommodations for their out-of-town family members
  • Their own wedding attire
  • Additional expenses, as decided

The Bride:

  • Wedding gift for the groom
  • Groom’s wedding ring
  • Hair stylist and makeup artist to do her hair and makeup
  • Accommodations for her out-of-town attendants
  • Presents for her attendants
  • Personal stationery and thank-you notes
  • Keepsake accessories

The Groom:

  • Marriage license and any other legal fees
  • Brides engagement and wedding rings
  • Honeymoon trip
  • Officiants fee
  • Floral corsages for both his and the brides mother
  • Boutonnieres for his attendants and himself
  • Brides bouquet
  • Wedding gift for the bride
  • Corsage for brides going-away outfit
  • Corsages for honored female guests, such as grandmothers and godmothers
  • Gloves, ascots, and ties for his out-of-town attendants, if these items wont be rented
  • Accommodations for his out-of-town attendants
  • Shipping the wedding presents to his and his wife’s new home
  • Bachelor party, if no one else pays for it
  • His own wedding attire

Although this list has been created, many couples have changed the way they pay for their wedding, some couples are paying for everything equally especially now when they both have a full time job, only the traditional family will still use the similar list above.

You do not have to separate lists if you both create a budget and work it wisely.

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