Who foots the bill? Your guide is here

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Societal conventions are shifting, which means there’s no longer a set formula for who should fund what aspects of your wedding. But this much is for sure: Clarity makes for smooth planning, so it’s best to agree on a budget and decide early on who will pay for what.

Don’t know where to start? Here’s a look at the traditional breakdown. (Featured photo by Rachel Fesko Photography.)

The bride
Gift for groom
Wedding ring
Personal wedding stationery
Gifts for bride’s attendants
Accommodations for her out-of-town attendants

The bride or her family 
Invitations, announcements, enclosures
Wedding attire and trousseau
Rental fees for ceremony and reception locations
Flowers and decorations for ceremony and reception
Fees for musicians, such as the organist, soloist, or string quartet
All reception expenses
Bridal portraits
Photography and videography for wedding and reception
Wedding-day transportation
Gift for the newlyweds

The groom
Engagement and wedding rings for the bride (and groom’s wedding ring)
Wedding gift for the bride
Marriage license
Gifts for best man and groomsmen
Fee for clergy or ceremony official
Accommodations for his out-of-town attendants
Bouquet and going-away corsage for bride, corsages for the mothers and grandmothers, boutonnieres for men in wedding party
The honeymoon

The groom or his family
Their own travel and hotel accommodations
Wedding gift for the newlywed
Bachelor dinner (or his friends may give)
Rehearsal dinner

The attendants
Their own wedding attire (Though, in some cases, the bride chooses to give dresses and/or accessories as gifts.)
Travel from out of town
Wedding gifts for bride and groom


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