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Wedding Flashback: A Traditional List Of Who Paid For What

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Times have definitely changed!  So today we thought it would have some fun and post this traditional list of “who pays for what” from the good old days.

Bride’s family pays for:

  • Engagement party (optional)
  • Wedding invitations and other stationery (announcements, thank-you notes, etc.)
  • Services of bridal consultant
  • Wedding gown and accessories
  • Flowers for ceremony and reception sites
  • Bouquets for bridesmaids
  • Music
  • Photography
  • Videography
  • Ceremony
  • Reception
  • Bridal party transportation to ceremony
  • and reception
  • Family’s wedding attire

Bride pays for:

  • The groom’s ring
  • The bridesmaids’ luncheon
  • Gifts for the bridesmaids
  • Wedding gift for the groom

Attendants pay for:

  • Bachelor and bachelorette parties
  • Gifts for the bride and groom (can purchase individual gifts or chip in on a group gift)
  • Wedding attire and accessories
  • Transportation to and from wedding

Groom’s family pays for:

  • Engagement party (optional)
  • Rehearsal dinner
  • Their own wedding attire

Groom pays for:

  • The bride’s rings
  • The marriage license
  • Officiant’s fee
  • His formal wear
  • Personal flowers: the bride’s bouquet, boutonnieres for wedding party, corsages for mothers and grandmothers
  • Gifts for the groomsmen
  • Wedding gift for the bride
  • Gifts for parents
  • Honeymoon
  • Transportation to the honeymoon


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