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Who (Traditionally) Pays For What?

The guide to the traditional wedding budget breakdown!

You’re engaged to your best friend, your partner in crime, your ride or die. Now it’s time to start planning the big party! We’ve got a super powerful budget tool which estimates the costs of your wedding breakdown (you’re welcome), so you have a good idea of what each part will cost. Then you just need to set up your finance plan, and let the countdown begin! However, some families may offer to help the newlyweds-to-be, so here’s the lowdown on (traditionally) who pays for what. At the end of the day, though, it’s whatever works for you and your family. 

 

Bride and Bride’s family:

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• Wedding dress and the accessories that come with it

• Bridesmaids’ dresses and accessories (although nowadays more and more bridesmaids pay for their own attire)

• Bride’s accompanying outfits (going away and honeymoon)

• Hair and make-up, along with other beauty treatments

• Transportation for the bridal party to the ceremony

• Transportation for the bride and groom from the ceremony to the reception venue

• Photography and/or videography

• Flowers

• Venue hire and decorations

• Wedding cake

• Catering

• Favours

• Drinks

• Entertainment

• Wedding stationery

• Groom’s wedding ring

• Engagement party

• Wedding insurance

• Overnight accommodation for close family

• Presents for the groom’s family

 

Groom and Groom’s family:

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• Groom’s outfit

• Best man’s and usher’s outfits (like bridesmaids, however, these now tend to be bought by the groomsmen themselves)

• Groom’s going-away outfit

• Transportation for the groom and best man to the ceremony

• Transportation for the bride and groom from the reception

• Buttonholes for all the groomsmen

• Civil or religious ceremony fees

• Church fees, plus extras like church music and bell ringing

• Registration office and other venue fees

• Passports and visas for the honeymoon

• Travel and accommodation for the honeymoon

• Spending money for the honeymoon

• Travel insurance for the honeymoon

• Bride’s engagement and wedding rings

• Presents for the bridesmaids, ushers and best man

• Presents for the bride’s parents

• Press announcement for the wedding

• Wedding night hotel

 

So, that’s how it’s been broken down historically, but the winds of time are a’changing and there’s nothing to say that this is how yours will or should be broken down. Couples are getting married later in life now than they used to, so financial situations are likely to be somewhat different. Whatever you and your beau decide, make sure you keep on top of it with our free wedding planning tools, and everything will be just fine!

 

Happy Planning!