When we talk about paying for the wedding, there are different views held by different people. If we go back a decade or two, the bride’s parents were responsible for hosting the wedding and paying for everything. However, in today’s world, most couples believe that since it is their wedding, they should be paying for it. Obviously, some parents want to pitch in but that is completely negotiable. However, for couples who want to know more about how traditionally things are done or what most people like to do, this blog should help them gain some insight.
According to traditions, the bride’s parents host the engagement party and therefore pay for it as well. The point of this party is to welcome the husband-to-be into the family and get a chance to introduce him to friends and family members.
The Wedding Ceremony
What most people like to do is have the bride’s family pay or church or sexton and the groom’s family handle the charges for the officiant fee and marriage license. As for the reception, that is usually on the end of the bride’s family because their names go on top of the invitations and they play a special role on the reception day.
The groom’s family are solely responsible to bear all expenses for a rehearsal dinner, including the stationery used for it.
Once upon a time, the bride’s family was responsible for baring all the wedding expenses such as the dress, reception, floral arrangement, etc. However, now it is more likely that a sweet grandmother offers to pay, or the bridesmaids ask to pitch in. For other things like hair and makeup, the bride is the one who usually pays. The groom and his family are responsible for the groom’s outfit. For bridesmaid dresses or flower girl accessories, they are paid for by the attendees.
Flowers and Décor
The bride and her family pay for floral arrangements for the ceremony and reception. Other expenses also include corsages and bouquets for the bridesmaids and flower girls. Groom and his family pay for the bride’s bouquet, corsages for groomsmen, the mothers, sisters and grandmothers from the groom’s side of the family.
Traditionally, the groom and his family are responsible for paying for the entire honeymoon.
All pre-wedding parties on the bride’s end like bridal showers or bachelorette parties are understandably payed and organized by the bride and/or her family. If the groom is having any celebration on his end like a bachelor party, he or his family would pay for it.
We hope this helped clear things up for all couples out there!