Wedding Budget

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Who Pays?

When you draw up your wedding budget communicate between the respective families and be realistic.

Tradition… a weighty word. In terms of wedding expenses, it once dictated that the bride’s family handled all the nuptial expenses. The changing scheme of society has made it possible for some iron-clad traditions to loosen their grip a bit, and that certainly includes wedding costs.
Probably the most useful approach for you, your groom and your respective families to consider when you draw up the wedding budget is to be communicative, realistic and courteous. If your family is unable to bear the traditional bridal bill, talk to the groom’s parents. They may be willing to assume a portion of the financial responsibility. There are probably some expenses that you and your groom can pay, thus taking some pressure off your families. The following is the traditional division of nuptial expenses. However, there are times when tradition bows to practicality – the question of who pays for what really boils down to who is willing and able.


  • Wedding gift for groom
  • Wedding ring for groom
  • Bridesmaids’ Dresses
  • Gifts for attendants
  • Hen Party

Bride’s family

  • ŸEntire Reception
  • ŸWedding gift for newlyweds
  • ŸBride’s wedding attire and trousseau
  • ŸInvitations, announcements and postage
  • Engagement and wedding photographs
  • ŸRental of Church
  • ŸOrganist and Choir fees
  • ŸBridesmaids’ bouquets
  • Flowers for church and reception
  • Transportation for bridal party to ceremony and reception
  • Rehearsal dinner (optional)


  • ŸWedding gift for bride
  • ŸBride’s rings
  • Banns, Wedding License and ŸCertificate of Marriage
  • Gifts for best man, and ushers
  • Bridal bouquet and going-away corsage
  • Buttonholes for all men in wedding party
  • Mothers’ corsages
  • Morning suits and accoutrements for best man and ushers
  • Fee for Clergy and Verger

Groom’s family

  • Honeymoon
  • Stag Party
  • Wedding clothes
  • Travelling expenses and hotel bills
  • Wedding gift for the newlyweds
  • Rehearsal dinner (optional)
  • Shipment of wedding gifts to new  home