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Brilliant Wedding Pages September 9, 2002

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 Volume 5      Issue 8
Wedding Expenses - Who Pays for What

This past weekend I was asked by a mother-of-the-groom, "When it comes to wedding expenses, who pays for what?" My answer? Well, this is a little tricky. I can tell you what tradition says, but let's face it, we don't really work off of those traditional formal rules anymore. My best advice to you all is to make a budget! And, then get together with everyone involved to decide who pays for what.

If you would like to see our Cost-Effective Bride series on budgeting, check out:

But, if you would like to know what etiquette says about who pays for what, here you go *:

Expenses of the Bride and her Family

  • Services of a bridal consultant and/or a secretary
  • Invitations, announcements, and enclosures
  • The bride's wedding dress and accessories
  • Floral decorations for ceremony and reception, bridesmaid's flowers, bride's bouquet (in some areas given by groom)
  • Formal wedding photographs and candid pictures
  • Videotape recording of wedding
  • Music for church and reception
  • Transportation of bridal party to ceremony, and from ceremony to reception, if hired cars are used
  • All expenses of reception
  • Bride's presents to her attendants
  • The groom's wedding ring, if it is to be a double-ring ceremony
  • Rental of awning for ceremony entrance and carpet for aisle, if desired and not provided by church
  • Fee for services performed by sexton
  • A traffic officer, if necessary
  • Transportation and lodging expenses for pastor or rabbi if from another town and if invited to officiate by bride's family
  • Accommodations for bride's attendants, if required
  • Bridesmaid's luncheon, if one is given by the bride

Expenses of the Groom and his Family

  • Bride's engagement and wedding rings
  • Groom's present to his bride, if he wishes to her one
  • Accommodations for groom's attendants, if required
  • Boutonnieres for the groom's attendants
  • Ties and gloves for the groom's attendants, if not part of their clothing rental package
  • The bride's bouquet in areas where custom requires it
  • The bride's going away corsage
  • Corsages for immediate members of both families (unless bride has included them in her florist's order)
  • The minister's or rabbi's fee or donation
  • Transportation and lodging expenses for the minister or rabbi if from another town and if invited to officiate by groom's family
  • The marriage license
  • Transportation for the groom and best man to the ceremony
  • Expenses of the honeymoon
  • All costs of the rehearsal dinner, if one is held
  • Bachelor dinner, if he wishes to give one
  • Transportation and lodging expenses for groom's
  • parents

Bridesmaids'/Honor Attendant's Expenses

  • Purchase of apparel and all accessories
  • Transportation to and from the city or town where the wedding takes place
  • An individual gift to the couple
  • A shower and/or luncheon for the bride

Ushers'/Best Man's Expenses

  • Rental of wedding attire
  • Transportation to and from the city or town where the wedding takes place
  • A contribution to a gift from all of the bridesmaids to the bride
  • An individual gift to the couple
  • A bachelor dinner, if given by the groom's attendants

As you can see, some of this stuff no longer applies. When it comes down to it, it is up to you and your families. So, communicate and work out who pays for what so that there will be no confusion in the coming months!

Good luck!

Kelly Kons

* Post, Elizabeth L. "Emily Post's Complete Book of Wedding Etiquette"
1991 HarperCollins Publishers

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