Traditionally, Who Pays for What?


Traditional Expenses of the Bride and Her Family…

As a reference, below is a checklist of the traditional expense responsibilities of all the various aspects surrounding a wedding celebration.
Keep in mind that these days, all of the following guidelines are variable—depending on the particular circumstances of the wedding.
Invitations, enclosures, and announcements.
The bride’s wedding gown and accessories.
Floral decorations for ceremony and reception,
bridesmaids’ flowers, bride’s bouquet
Formal wedding photographs and candid pictures
Video of wedding
Music for church and reception
Transportation of bridal party to and from ceremony
All reception expenses
Bride’s gifts to her attendants
Bride’s gift to groom
Groom’s wedding ring
Rental of awning for ceremony entrance and carpet for aisle
Fee for services performed by sexton
Costs of soloists
Services of a traffic officer
Transportation of bridal party to the reception
Transportation and lodging expenses for the officiate if from another town and if invited to officiate by the bride’s family
Accommodations for bridal attendants
Bridesmaids’ luncheon

Traditional Expenses of the Groom and His Family…
Bride’s engagement and wedding rings
Groom’s gift to bride
Gifts for groom’s attendants
Ties and gloves for the groom’s attendants, if not part of their clothing rental package
The bride’s bouquet (only where it is local custom for the groom to pay for it)
The bride’s going away corsage
Boutonnieres for groom’s attendants
Corsages for immediate members of both families (unless the bride has included them in her orist’s order)
The officiates fee or donation
Transportation and lodging expenses for the ociate, if from another town and if invited to ociate by the groom’s family
The marriage license
Transportation for the groom and best man to the ceremony
Honeymoon expenses
All costs of the rehearsal dinner
Accommodations for the groom’s attendants
Bachelor dinner, if the groom wishes to give one
Transportation and lodging expenses for the groom’s family

Bridesmaids’/Honor Attendants’ Expenses…
Purchase of apparel and all accessories
Transportation to and from the city where the wedding takes place
A contribution to a gift from all the bridesmaids to the bride
An individual gift to the couple
Optionally, a shower or luncheon for the bride
Best Man’s/Groomsmen’s/Ushers’ Expenses…
Rental or purchase of wedding attire
Transportation to and from the city where the wedding takes place
A contribution to a gift from all the groom’s attendants to the groom
An individual gift to the couple
A bachelor dinner, if given by the groom’s attendants
Out-of-Town Guests’ Expenses…
Transportation to and from the wedding
Lodging expenses and meals
Wedding gift