A growing trend today is for wedding expenses to be shared among the bride’s family, the bride and groom and the groom’s family. But, just in case you’re wondering, here are the traditional “who pays for what”…

Groom and His Family

  • Bride’s engagement and wedding rings
  • Groom’s wedding attire
  • Rehearsal dinner
  • Marriage license
  • Accommodations for out-of-town ushers
  • Alcohol at reception
  • Wedding gifts for the bride, best man and ushers
  • Flowers for the bride’s bouquet, corsages for the mothers and grandmothers
  • Boutonnieres for ushers, ring bearers and fathers
  • Officiant’s fee
  • Honeymoon and transportation to the honeymoon

Bride and Bride’s Family

  • Wedding consultant’s fee
  • Invitations, personal notes and mailing expense
  • Transportation for the wedding party
  • Wedding dress, headpiece and accessories
  • Lingerie
  • Attendants’ bouquets
  • Groom’s gift
  • Guest book
  • Cost of the reception
  • Cost of the ceremony
  • Photography and videography expense
  • Groom’s wedding ring
  • Favors
  • Accommodations for out-of-town bride’s attendants


  • Wedding attire – Bridesmaid dress, shoes & accessories
  • Travel costs
  • Shower and wedding gift for the couple
  • Shower given by bridesmaids and/or maid of honor


  • Wedding attire rental
  • Wedding gift for the couple
  • Travel costs
  • Bachelor party given by best man and/or ushers

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