Wedding Etiquette: Who Pays for What?

by R.L. Remenyi

A wedding is a beautiful event that celebrates the joining of two lives into one. That being said, weddings can also be very stressful, especially when figuring out a budget and who pays for what.

Rehearsal Dinner

Traditionally, the groom’s parents pay for the rehearsal dinner held the evening before the wedding.

Reception

As tradition goes, the reception is paid for by the bride’s parents as a way to give their daughter away.

Miscellaneous Wedding Needs

The bride’s parents are also traditionally responsible for paying for the wedding flowers, the decorations, photography, the cake and anything else associated with the wedding celebration.

Honeymoon

The groom usually pays for and makes all the arrangements for the honeymoon. In some cases, the groom’s parents will pitch in and help with the honeymoon costs.

Alternatives

Traditionally speaking, the bride and groom pay for very little for their wedding. However, it is becoming increasingly common for the bride and groom to pay for a significant portion of their wedding, if not all of it, as a couple.