Who Pays for What?So you are getting married but a little confused on who pays for what? This article will help clear up on who pays for what. This is taken from the traditional view of when a bride and groom's family pays for the majority of the wedding. There are other occasions when the bride and groom are solely responsible for the entire wedding costs themselves.

Make a list of everything needed for the wedding and keep this list in a safe place to refer back to. Now beside each item you will begin writing down who pays for what. Read below for the breakdown of these items.

The Bride's family pays for:

* Reception costs, including food, music, decorations, rental fees and entertainment

* Ceremony Costs including rental fees and decorations

* Flowers for Ceremony and Reception

* The bride's wedding dress and accessories

* Invitations, announcements, programs, and mailing costs

* Wedding Favors

* Wedding Cake

* Photography (sometimes the bride and groom will pay for the pictures)

* Transportation

* Their own attire and travel expenses

* Bridesmaid's Bouquets

* Musician's/Soloist

* Rice Bags or bubbles

* Bridal Brunch

The Groom's family pays for:

* The rehearsal dinner, including food, invitations, decorations and entertainment

* Their own attire and travel expenses

* Groom's Cake

The Bride pays for:

* Groom's wedding ring

* Wedding gift for the groom

* Her hair, makeup, and beauty treatments

* Gifts for her attendants

* Sometimes accommodation for any out of town bridesmaids

* Bridesmaid Luncheon

The Groom pays for:

* The marriage license
* Bride's engagement ring and wedding ring
* Honeymoon
* Wedding gift for the bride
* Gifts for his attendants

* Sometimes accommodation for any out-of-town groomsmen
* Fee for the officiant

* The bride's bouquet (or the Groom's family)

* Corsages for the mothers and grandmothers (or the Groom's family)
* Boutonnières for men in the wedding party (or the Groom's family)

* Limousine Service

The Bridesmaids and Groomsmen's are responsible for their own formal wear and Bachelor Party. The out of town guests are responsible for their own travel arrangements. And everyone is responsible for a gift for the groom and bride.


Try not to get too caught up in the small things of who pays for what. Try to reason with both sides and come to an agreement. The listed above are what traditionally is paid for.