While planning a lavish event such as a wedding, there are many different vendors and venues required in order to have all the special and perfect details. Finding THE dress, photographer, and Pinterest-worthy flowers all come with a price tag. Many couples accept the generous contributions of their parents or caregivers, but what are the typical responsibilities when it comes to a wedding – who pays for what?:

When it’s a Bride + Groom:


The Bride’s Family is Responsible for:

• Wedding dress (and accessories)

• Ceremony and reception venues

• Wedding planner/coordinator

• Save the dates/invitations/wedding programs

• Photography

• Videography

• Transportation for bride and bridesmaids

• Flowers and decor

• Wedding cake

• Morning-after wedding brunch

The Bride Herself is Responsible for:

• Wedding band for her Groom

• Her own hair and makeup

• Any wedding gifts for her bridesmaids, groom, and parents (or in-laws)


The Groom’s Family is Responsible for:

• Rehearsal dinner

• Honeymoon

• Marriage license

• Officiant

• DJ or live band

• Transportation for groom and groomsmen

• Alcohol for the bar at the wedding reception

The Groom Himself is Responsible for:

• Engagement ring and wedding band for his Bride

• His own attire (suit/tux/etc)

• Wedding gifts for groomsmen, the bride, and parents (or in-laws)

Who Pays for an LGBTQ+ Wedding:

Since not everyone is a Bride or Groom and because love is love, what happens when it comes to paying for LGBTQ+ weddings? Most of what I have read or learned from previous couples is they either pick items to pay for (like picking one of the above sides and doing those items) or splitting the wedding costs 50/50.

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