The traditional methods of determining who pays for what when getting married are a thing of the past. Though many families still stick to the traditional ideas of determining this, many couples are starting to take matters into their own hands. More and more couples are now paying for weddings out of their own pockets.
This new way of paying for items can be because couples are waiting until they are older to get married, thus being able to afford it. Or it could be because they want things done their way, not what others think their wedding day should be like. It does not matter if you plan to have your parents pay for the wedding, or if you plan to take the budget into your own hands. But deciding on a wedding budget is one of the first things that should be done.
When setting your budget, you should determine the type of wedding you want to have. The more formal the wedding the more expensive it will be. And on the other hand, the less formal the wedding, the less expensive it will be.
Even though there are no rules as to who should pay for what, it is a good idea to have a sense of traditional methods used for determining the budget. This will help you find someone to help pay for something should you need the help. Here is the traditional breakdown of who pays for what for a wedding.
- Wedding gown, headpiece and accessories
- Bridesmaids’ bouquets
- Grandmothers’ corsages
- Ceremony and reception flowers
- Alter baskets and arches
- Canopy and carpet
- Kneeling bench
- Rented items for the wedding and reception
- Invitations and announcements
- Wedding programs
- Other printed items
- Church fee
- Church janitor
- Reception hall
- Photographer, videographer, DJ/band
- Favors and rice bags
- Wedding breakfast/bridal brunch
- Rehearsal dinner
- Groom’s ring
- Groom’s gift
- Bridesmaid luncheon
- Bride’s ring and gift
- Groomsmen and usher gifts
- Bride’s bouquet
- Mothers’ corsages
- Groom’s, groomsmen and ushers’ boutonnieres
- Marriage license
- Officiant fee
- Groom’s cake
- Bridal shower
- Gowns and other formal attire
Best man, groom’s attendants and ushers
- Bachelor party
- Formal wear
You do not have to follow this list, but feel free to use it as a guideline when determining who needs to pay for what at your upcoming wedding.