Tips, Weddings

Guide to Wedding Financial Roles – Who pays for what?

August 24, 2016

If you were not able to save a lot to cover all wedding expenses, you would have to accept financial support from your families at some point. And that is actually okay. Although back in the days, the cost of planning a wedding is really part of the responsibilities of the families of both the bride and the groom.

For those sticking to the norms of wedding finances, let us breakdown to you the traditional financial roles in a wedding. From rings to flowers to the biggest expenses of venue rental, know who pays for what.

Bride’s Expenses

• Groom’s wedding ring
• Bouquets of her bridal party
• Gifts for her bridesmaids
• Wedding present for the groom

Bride’s Family

• Engagement announcements (e.g. newspapers)
• Engagement party
• All cost for the ceremony
• Bride’s wedding dress, veil and accessories
• Floral arrangements
• Transportation during wedding day
• Photographer
• Lodgings (if needed)
• Wedding reception costs


• Engagement ring
• Bride’s wedding ring
• Gifts for his groomsmen
• Honeymoon

Groom’s Family

• Rehearsal dinner
• Marriage license fee
• Officiant’s fee
• Corsage and boutonnieres for the groomsmen
• Transportation and lodgings for the groom side of the family
• Alcohol for the reception


What are the common arrangements for wedding expenses today?

There are now very different opinions as to who should pay for the wedding. If the couple has lived on their own for quite a long time, people believed they should be able to pay for the entire wedding. But of course, parents will always want to be part of the planning and would love to offer financial support.


Here are some ways on how you can divide the wedding expenses:

• If they are able, all expenses will be paid by the couple
• Expenses to be divided evenly by the couple, the bride’s family and the groom’s family
• Evenly split the wedding costs among the two families
• Each family covers for the cost of each guest from their side

The key is not to impose anything on anyone. Financial obligations must be decided based on willingness and the capacity to pay. It is very important that everybody is comfortable with their assigned contribution.

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