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Who (Traditionally) Pays For What?

The guide to the traditional wedding budget breakdown!

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By Pippa Mackenzie

You’re engaged to your best friend, partner in crime, cutie mctootie. Now it’s time to start planning the big party! You’ve decided what the two of you can contribute to your wedding day and the countdown begins. However, some families offer to help the newlyweds (high five!), so here’s the lowdown on (traditionally) who pays for what… But at the end of the day, it’s whatever works for you and your family!

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By Pippa Mackenzie

Bride and Bride’s family:

  • Wedding dress and all the accessories that come with it
  • Bridesmaids’ dresses and accessories (more and more bridesmaids now pay for their own attire)
  • Bride’s going away outfit
  • 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
  • Bride’s clothing for the honeymoon
  • Wedding stationery
  • Groom’s wedding ring
  • Engagement party
  • Wedding insurance
  • Overnight accommodation for close family
  • Presents for the groom’s family
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    By Pippa Mackenzie

    Groom and Groom’s family:

    • Groom’s outfit
    • Best man’s and usher’s outfits (like bridesmaids, 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
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      By Pippa Mackenzie

      We find these guidelines a great place to start when deciding where to spend your budget, but make decisions that work best for you and your wedding.

      Happy Spending!

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