Wedding Expenses–Who Pays?

The bride’s family is entirely responsible for the wedding ceremony. The groom’s family may offer to share in the cost of the reception, and the bride’s family may accept, if they wish. By tradition, wedding costs are divided as follows:

The Bride (or family) pays for:

  • Invitations and Announcements
  • The Bridal Outfit and Trousseau
  • Bridal Photographs/Video
  • All Costs of the Reception
  • Flowers for the Church, Attendants, and Reception
  • Music at the Church and Reception
  • Sexton, Organist and Choir Fees
  • Bridesmaids’ Luncheon
  • All Rental Equipment for Large Weddings and Receptions
  • A Limousine for the Bride and Cars for Transportation
  • Groom’s Wedding Band
  • Groom’s Gift
  • Gift for the Bride’s Attendants
  • Lodging (if necessary) for Out-of-town Bridesmaids
  • Bride’s Personal Stationery

The Groom (or family) pays for:

  • Bride’s Engagement and Wedding Rings
  • Marriage License
  • Clergyman’s Fee ($10-$100, inquire)
  • Bride’s Flowers
  • Boutonnieres, Gloves, Ties for Men of Wedding Party
  • Wedding Gift for the Bride
  • Complete Wedding Trip or Honeymoon Expenses
  • Gifts for Best Man and Ushers
  • Lodging (if necessary) for Out-of-town Ushers

Optional Expenses:

  • Bride’s Bouquet, usually gift of the Groom (may be purchased by the bride’s family)
  • Corsages for mothers and grandmothers are usually provided by the groom (may be purchased by the bride for her mother and grandmother)
  • Bachelor Dinner is usually given by the groom or family (may be given by the bride’s family or friends
  • Rehearsal Dinner is usually given by the groom or family (may be given by the bride’s family or friends)
  • Attendants’ Dresses are usually bought by each girl (although, the bride may provide them if she wishes)

-Information from Tuscaloosa Bridal Directory

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