Weddings – Who Pays for What? An Extensive Guide:

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
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
Marriage license
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 getting married is a Bride and Groom, 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 split the wedding costs 50/50.

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