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Who Pays for What (traditionally)

It never hurts to know what the traditional take on a wedding topic is, before you blow the doors off it. Here is what “traditionally” the Bride & Groom’s respective sides looked after on the wedding budget spreadsheet. Thoughts? How would you divide it up?

  • Bride’s Side
  1. Bride’s gown & accessories
  2. Ceremony site costs
  3. Flowers (ceremony, reception & bridal attendants)
  4. Groom’s ring
  5. Stationary
  6. Music
  7. Photography & videography
  8. Reception venue & dinner
  9. Rental & decor items for ceremony & reception
  10. Wedding consultant/planner
  11. Bridal party transportation (ceremony & reception)
  • Optional Items
  1. Bride & attendants accommodations
  2. Gift to the groom

  • Groom’s Side
  1. Bride’s engagement ring and wedding band
  2. Marriage officiant
  3. Marriage license
  4. Liquor
  5. Flowers (bride’s bouquet, corsages & boutonnieres for honoured family members)
  6. Rehearsal dinner
  7. Groom’s attendants transportation (ceremony)
  8. Honeymoon
  • Optional Items
  1. Groom’s attendants accommodations
  2. Gift to the Bride