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Who Pays for What in a Wedding?

by Lindsay Law

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You have the engagement ring, you have the date -- and you have a lot of wedding planning to do. When you're making arrangements for the wedding of your dreams, it can help to know who traditionally pays for the honeymoon, wedding reception, wedding flowers, wedding pictures, wedding dress, wedding invitations, wedding rings and other parts of the wedding. Many couples today split costs differently, but you can follow this guide for helpful wedding planning tips.

Paying for a Wedding:

  1. Ring in the Celebration: The bride is responsible for the groom's wedding ring.

  2. The groom pays for the bride's engagement ring and wedding band.

  3. If the Shoe Fits: The bride and her family pay for the wedding dress, veil, accessories, lingerie and honeymoon clothing.

  4. The groom and his family pay for the suit or tuxedo and accessories.

  5. All wedding party members, including bridesmaids and groomsmen, pay for their own formalwear.

  6. Save the Date: The bride and her family pay for wedding invitations or announcements and wedding programs, if any.

  7. In Full Bloom: The bride and her family pay for wedding flowers for the ceremony and/or wedding reception and for the bouquets and corsages for bridesmaids and other attendants.

  8. The groom and his family pay for the bride's bouquet and going-away corsage, boutonnieres for groomsmen and male family members and corsages for mothers and grandmothers.

  9. Say Cheese: The bride and her family pay for all wedding pictures, including bridals, engagement photos and shots of the ceremony and reception. They also pay for a videographer and all video taken.

  10. Hit the Shower: The bride or groom's family hosts the engagement party.

  11. The groom's family hosts the rehearsal dinner, if you plan to have one.

  12. The bride hosts a bridesmaids' luncheon.

  13. The groom hosts a bachelors' dinner.

  14. The maid of honor hosts a bridal shower.

  15. The best man hosts a bachelor party.

  16. Pick Me Up: The bride and her family pay for transportation of the wedding party to and from the wedding and reception sites.

  17. Create the Perfect Ceremony: The bride and her family pay fees associated with the ceremony site. They also pay for the organist and other music for the ceremony.

  18. The groom and his family pay the officiant's fee. The groom also pays for the marriage license.

  19. Remember Your Reception: The bride and her family pay for the reception and all related costs, including food, decorations and music.

  20. Honeymooners: The groom and his family pay for all of the honeymoon costs.

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