Financing Your Wedding Day

Even though many couples pay for their own wedding these days, many parents of the bride and groom pitch in with expenses. Below is an alphabetical list of Color who traditionally pays for what, but remember, this is just a guideline offered by generations past and does not represent hard and fast rules today. Humility, kindness, patience and understanding will be needed as you and your fiancée’ sort out a way to pay for your wedding day.

Remember – no marriage starts well that begins in debt. It is better to have a small intimate wedding than marital strife. Don’t sweat the small stuff if you can’t afford a big lavish wedding ceremony and reception. A justice of the peace or a pastor who marries you in your own home or the home of parents or a friend may be a good alternative to a big wedding should you prefer or need to go that route. At the end of the day you will be just as married as someone with more money to spend.

Prelimenary Considerations

Accommodations For Out-Of-Town AttendantsBride
AnnouncementsBride's Family
Blood Test, PersonalBride
Blood Test, PersonalGroom
Boutonnieres For Attendants And FathersGroom
Bridal ShowersMaid Of Honor Or Bridesmaids
Bride’s BouquetGroom
Bride’s Wedding Dress And AccessoriesBride's Family
Bridesmaids’ BouquetsBride's Family
Bridesmaids’ LuncheonBride's Family

Ceremony Cost

LocationBride's Family
Ceremony FlowersBride's Family
MusicBride's Family
RentalsBride's Family
Related ExpensesBride's Family
Clergyman’s FeeGroom
Corsage For Bride’s DepartureGroom
Corsage For Bride’s MotherGroom
Corsages For Close FamilyGroom
Ceremony DecorationsBrides Family
Reception DecorationsBrides Family
Wedding CakeBride's Family
Engagement RingGroom
Flowers And DecorationsBride's Family
Gifts Of Appreciation For Best ManGroom
Gifts Of Appreciation For Bridal AttendantsBride
Gifts Of Appreciation For Bride’s ParentsBride/Groom
Gifts Of Appreciation For UshersGroom
Gift For Bride And GroomBridesmaids/Attendants/Guests
Honeymoon ExpensesGroom
Invitations To Wedding And Mail CostsBride's Family
Marriage LicenseGroom
Medical Examination, PersonalBride
Medical Examination, PersonalGroom
Over Budget Wedding ItemsBride/Groom
PhotographyBride's Family (Family Members May Pay For Their Own Copies Of Pictures Taken At Wedding)
Printing Of InvitationsBride’s Family
Reception BeveragesBride's Family
Reception FoodBride's Family
EntertainmentBride's Family
Tables/ChairsBride's Family
Reception DecorationsBride's Family
Misc. Rental ItemsBride's Family
Rehearsal Dinner PartyGroom's Family
Stationery For Personal Invitations To WeddingBride
Transportation To The Site Of CeremonyBride's Family
Travel And Accommodations/Groom's FamilyGrooms Family
Travel Expenses, PersonalBridesmaids And Attendants
Tuxedo, Wedding AttireGroom
Wedding CakeBride's Family
Wedding Gift For The BrideGroom
Wedding Gift For The CoupleBride's And Groom’s Family
Wedding Gift For GroomBride
Wedding GownBride's Family
Wedding Rings For BrideGroom
Wedding Attire For ThemselvesBridesmaids And Attendants
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