Wedding Planning: Who Pays for What?

Salt Lake City, Utah Weddings

Today’s post is dedicated to answering one of the most common wedding related questions of all time: who pays for what? This is a hard question to answer in an ever changing society but we’ll do our best.

Traditionally the bride’s family was expected to pay for the majority of wedding expenses. Some people like to stick to tradition but times have changed. There are no longer any set rules on who pays for what. The bride and groom should decide with their families on a fair way to divide the budget.

Most brides use traditional financial etiquette as guidelines and make necessary changes according to the financial situation of each family. If one family is wealthy and the other is poor, it’s courteous for the wealthy family to carry most of the financial responsibility. Here are a few of the traditional financial expectations.

Who Pays for What Traditionally?

The Bride’s Family

  • The Wedding Ceremony & Reception
  • The Dress
  • Wedding invitations
  • Flowers
  • Wedding Photography
  • The Wedding Cake
  • The Groom’s Family

  • The Wedding Dinner or Luncheon
  • The Tuxedos
  • The Bride

  • The Groom’s Ring
  • Gifts for the bridesmaids
  • The Groom

  • The Bride’s Ring
  • The Honeymoon
  • We hope this information has helped with your wedding planning. Our strong suggestion is to start saving for your wedding as early as possible. If you save early, you won’t run into financial stress as you plan your wedding. If you have any questions or suggestions for future posts, leave them in the comment box. Best of luck!


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