Budgeting – Who Pays For What?

If you’re planning a wedding, you must know that your budget plays a great role in your organization. Modern brides and grooms know that they need to pay for almost everything they want on their perfect day. Family is there to help if necessary. But, it was not that long ago that people knew what the bride pays, and which part belongs to the groom. Here is a list of traditional rules that are being broken every day:

• Ceremony – the bride and her family pay for church or synagogue, organist, sexton etc., while the groom and his family pay for the marriage license and officiant’s fee.

• Wedding dress, tux and attire – this one is simple: the bride pays for her outfit, the groom pays for his. It’s obvious that all attendants pay for their own clothing.

• Flowers and decorations – the bride and her family pay for the church arrangements and reception, and they also pay for bouquets and corsages for bridesmaids and flower girls. The groom and his family pay for the bride’s bouquet, going-away corsage, boutonnieres for men and corsages for mothers and grandmothers.

• Honeymoon – this one goes completely on the groom and his family.

• Photography – and this one should be on the bride’s expense list.

• Reception – the bride and her family pay for all professional services, like food, drinks, decoration and music.

• Rings – the bride pays for the groom’s ring, and the groom pays for the bride’s ring.

• Stationery – the bride and her family pay for invitations, announcements and wedding programs.

• Transportation – this one goes on the bride’s list as well.

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