Monday, July 5, 2010

Wedding Budget Etiquette - Who Pays for What?

A smiling happy couple has just announced their exciting news to friends and family - We're Engaged!  Shorly after their happy announcement to the world, their smiles turn into confusion.  A perfectly unforgettable wedding needs to be planned, but before anything can be done a big question needs to be answered - Who Pays for What?

Tradition states that the bride’s parents are responsible for fronting the bill for the wedding reception; these days, the bride’s parents, groom’s parents, and the couple themselves all contribute to the wedding pool. That said, it helps to come to the budgeting table prepared with the traditional list of which side pays for what.

Wedding Costs Paid by the Bride and/or Bride’s Parents
* Ceremony rental fee
* Bride’s dress and accessories * Ceremony flowers and décor
* Bouquets for bridesmaids and flower girl
* Photography and videography
* Engagement party
* Bridesmaids’ luncheon
* All vendor services for reception, including food, beverages, décor, and entertainment
* Groom’s ring
* Invitations and stationery
* Transportation for bridal party to and from ceremony and reception

Wedding Costs Paid by the Groom and/or Groom’s Parents:
* Marriage license and officiant’s fee
* Groom’s attire
* Bride’s bouquet, boutonnieres for ushers, and corsages for mothers and grandmothers
* Honeymoon Travel
* Rehearsal dinner
* Bachelors’ dinner
* Both of the bride’s rings

Costs Incurred by the Wedding Attendants:
* Their own attire, including shoes and accessories
* Bridal party hosts bridal shower and bachelorette party
* Groom’s party hosts the bachelor party

The above conventional “rules” can then be adjusted according to the financial situations of the responsible parties.  When the time comes to finalize the wedding budget, the Wedding Budget Etiquette can be a helpful resource in making those critical budget decisions.