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  • The Traditional Wedding: Who Pays for What?

    Floral Finance®

    There are many expenses associated with a wedding. By custom, some fall to the bride or her family others to the groom or his family. Keeping it straight can be a real challenge - even for florists!  Fortunately, Modern Bride Magazine has all the answers. Here's Modern Bride's list of who pays for what:

    The Bride

    • Wedding ring for the groom.
    • Wedding gift for the groom.
    • Wedding consultant.
    • Presents for the bridal attendants.
    • Personal stationery.
    • Accommodations for out-of-town maid of honor and bride's attendants.
    • Her physical exam/blood tests.

    The Groom

    • Wedding ring for the bride.
    • Wedding gift for the bride.
    • The marriage license.
    • Gifts for the best man, groomsmen and ushers.
    • Bride's bouquet, bride's going-away corsage, mothers' corsages and boutonnieres for all men in the wedding party.
    • Accommodations for out-of-town best man, groomsmen and ushers.
    • His physical exam/blood tests.
    • Fee for the clergy.
    • The honeymoon.
    • Optional: the bachelor dinner

    The Bride's Family

    • The engagement party.
    • The reception, including the food, wedding cake, beverages, decorations, music, flowers, and gratuities for the bartenders and waiters.
    • Wedding gift for the newlyweds.
    • Wedding invitations, announcements and mailing costs.
    • Bride's wedding attire/trousseau.
    • Engagement and wedding photography.
    • The ceremony, including rental of the sanctuary; fees for the organist, soloist or choir, and sexton; aisle carpets/runners and/or canopy; music; flowers; and any additional costs for decorations.
    • Bridesmaids' bouquets.
    • Parking costs, coat-check fees, gratuities for traffic attendants.
    • Transportation for the bridal party, both to the wedding ceremony and from the ceremony to the reception.
    • Bridesmaids' luncheon.
    • Wedding albums.
    • Videographer's fee.
    • Personalized napkins, matchbooks, and guest towels.

    The Groom's Family

    • Clothes for the wedding.
    • Their travel expenses.
    • Wedding gift for the newlyweds.
    • The rehearsal dinner and any other expenses they elect to assume.

    The Maid of Honor

    • Her travel expenses.
    • Wedding attire.
    • Wedding gift for the newlyweds.

    The Best Man

    • His travel expenses.
    • Wedding attire.
    • Wedding gift for the newlyweds.

    The Attendants

    • Their individual travel expenses.
    • Wedding attire.
    • Wedding gift for the newlyweds.

    The Groomsmen and Ushers

    • Their individual travel expenses
    • Wedding attire.
    • Wedding gift for the newlyweds.

    Guests

    • Their individual travel expenses.
    • Wedding gift for the newlyweds.

     

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