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Picking up the Tab

Rachel Moore

Clients often ask us to give them a breakdown of who is responsible for paying for each part of a wedding. The answer is pretty complicated, as traditions have changed over the years. With the help of our friends at The Knot, however, here’s a list of what each family is generally expected to cover.

Bride’s Family Pays:

  • Reception costs — including food, decorations, rentals, music, etc.
  • Wedding planner
  • Bride’s appearance — dress, veil, accessories, hair and makeup, etc.
  • Stationary — including postage
  • Photographer
  • Videographer
  • Ceremony expenses — including flowers
  • Bridal party transportation
  • Groom’s wedding ring
  • Bridesmaids’ and other attendants’ gifts
  • All tips
  • Bridesmaids’ luncheon

Groom’s Family Pays:

  • Bride’s rings
  • Alcohol for reception
  • Honeymoon
  • Marriage license
  • Groomsmen’s gifts
  • Personal flowers for ceremony — bride’s bouquet, boutonnieres for the men (other than the groom) and corsages for mothers and grandmothers
  • Officiant’s fee
  • Groom’s attire
  • Rehearsal dinner
  • Wedding gift for the newlyweds
  • Bachelor’s dinner