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  • Pat Fermin

Who Pays for What?

Updated: May 23, 2022

Who Pays For What?

Most couples today will be contributing financially to their own wedding as both bride and groom will have incomes.

It is no longer the sole responsibility of the bride’s parents to assume the huge financial task of paying for their daughter’s wedding. The groom’s parents may also offer to contribute, although they traditionally pay for the rehearsal dinner, the bride’s bouquet, and bridal attendants’ flowers.

The average bride spends over $25,000 on her wedding and has an average engagement of a year to

fourteen months.


  • Wedding ring for the bride

  • Wedding gift for bride

  • The marriage license

  • Gifts for the best man, groomsmen, and ushers

  • Fee for the officiator (celebrant)

  • Gloves, ties, or ascots for the men in the wedding party

  • Personal physical examination

  • The honeymoon

  • Bride and bridesmaids’ bouquets

The Groom's Family

· Wedding gift for the couple

  • Travel expenses, hotel bills

  • Wedding attire

  • The Attendants

  • Rehearsal dinner


  • Wedding ring for the groom

  • Wedding gift for the groom

  • Accommodations for out-of-town attendants

  • Personal physical examination

  • Gifts for the bridal attendants

  • Gift for the couple

  • Travel expenses, hotel bills

  • Wedding attire

  • The Attendants

  • Rehearsal dinner

The Bride's Family


Invitations, announcements, and mailing costs

· Bride’s wedding attire

· Ceremony, including rental of venue, fees for organist, soloist, choir, and/ or sexton, aisle carpets and/or

· canopy, and any other additional costs for decorations

· Engagement and wedding photographs and video

· Transportation for bridal party to the wedding ceremony and from the from the ceremony to reception

· Bridesmaids’ luncheon

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