Who Pays for What?

The Bride:
•Wedding ring for the groom (if it is a double ring ceremony)
•Wedding gift for the groom
•Presents for the bridal attendants
•Personal stationery
•Accommodations for her out-of-town attendants
•Her physical examination and blood test

The Groom:
•Bride’s ring
•Wedding gift for the bride
•Marriage license
•Gifts for best man and ushers
•Flowers: Bride’s bouquet, going away corsage, corsage for mother’s, boutonnieres for men in wedding party
•Accommodations for out-of-town ushers or best man
•His physical examination and blood test
•Gloves, ties, or ascots for the men in the wedding party
•Fee for the clergyman
•Optional: Bachelor dinner

The Bride’s Family:
•The entire cost of the reception: rental hall (if reception is not held at home), caterer, food (including wedding cake, beverages, gratuities for bartenders, waiters, music, decorations and flowers
•A wedding gift for the newlyweds
•Bride’s wedding attire and personal trousseau
•Wedding invitations, announcements and mailing costs
•Fee for engagement and wedding photographs
•Ceremony: rental of sanctuary, fees for organist, soloist or choir and sexton (often included in charge for premises but if not, there are set fees), aisle carpets and/or canopy and any other costs for decorations
•Bridesmaids’ bouquets
•Gratuities to policeman directing traffic and/or parking
•Transportation for bridal party from the bride’s house to the wedding ceremony and the reception
•Bridesmaids’ luncheon

The Groom’s Family:
•Clothes for the wedding
•Any traveling expenses and hotel bills they incur
•Wedding gift for bride and groom
•Optional: Rehearsal dinner or any other expenses they elect to assume

The Attendants and Groomsmen:
•Their wedding attire
•Any traveling expenses they incur
•Wedding gift for the couple
•Showers given by the Maid of Honor and/or Bridesmaids
•Bachelor Party given by the Bestman and/or Groomsmen

The Guest:
•Any traveling expenses and hotel bills for themselves
•Wedding gift for the couple