Friday, January 31, 2014

Who Pays For What In a Wedding

With the average cost of a modern-day wedding in the U.S. totaling over $32,00, couples may not have the financial means to cover this union. While there are certain steps couples can take to slim down this cost, they should also consider seeking financial help from family members. Traditionally, the bride and groom's parents cover a large portion of the wedding costs. In this blog post, we're going to reveal some of the traditional etiquette regarding who pays for what in a wedding.

Expenses Covered By Bride's Parents

  • Wedding planner and/or coordinator
  • Floral arrangements
  • Professional photographer
  • Videos
  • Band and entertainment
  • Ceremony venue rental
  • Transportation services to and from the wedding venue (if needed)
  • Invitations
  • Bride's dress, veil, shoes and accessories
  • Dresses for bridesmaids and the maid of honor
  • Stationary
  • Wedding cake
  • Wedding favors

Expenses Covered By Groom's Parents

  • Rehearsal dinner
  • Suits for groomsmen and best man
  • Marriage license
  • Pastor or preacher to conduct the ceremony
  • Honeymoon expenses
Note: both families traditionally share the responsibilities and financial cost of throwing an engagement party for the couple.

The bride typically covers the cost of the groom's wedding band, while the groom pays for the bride's wedding band. Depending on the couple's current financial situation, they may seek financial help from their parents, but traditionally the bride and groom are responsible for purchasing each other's wedding ring. This adds a certain level of intimacy to the wedding, as each party chooses and pays for their future spouse's ring.

Another cost incurred by the groom and bride are gifts to their groomsmen and bridesmaids. For the groomsmen, a typical gift might be something like a personalized knife or mug, whereas bridesmaids' gifts might be a personalized handbag, necklace or bracelet. Couples aren't required to spend a fortune on gifts, but they should show their appreciation to the bridesmaids and groomsmen by purchasing them a small yet meaningful gift.

Expenses Covered By Guests

The only real expense that guests are traditionally responsible for is a wedding gift for the couple. All food, beverages, entertainment, seating, etc. are covered by the bride and groom's family (as shown in the list above). When guests arrive at the ceremony, however, they should bring a single gift for the couple.

Wedding guests should check with the couple to see if they are registered for wedding gifts. Most couples choose a specific department store to register for gifts, at which point guests can log into the couple's account to see what gifts they want. If another guest purchases the gift, it will be removed from their registry to prevent duplicate gifts.

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