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What do the parents of the bride and groom usually pay for?


If the payment plan of your wedding is following age-old protocol, the following lists of traditional expense breakdowns will help:

Traditional expenses of the bride and her family

Traditional expenses of the groom and his family

  • Corsages for immediate members of both families (unless bride has included them in her florist’s order)
  • Officiant’s fee or donation
  • Transportation and lodging expenses for officiant, if invited to officiate by the groom’s family
  • Marriage license
  • Transportation for groom and best man to ceremony
  • Expenses of honeymoon
  • All costs of rehearsal dinner
  • Accommodations for groom’s attendants
  • Bachelor dinner if groom wishes to give one
  • Transportation and lodging expenses for groom’s immediate family
  • Bride’s engagement and wedding rings
  • Groom’s gift to his bride
  • Gifts for groom’s attendants
  • Ties and gloves for groom’s attendants if not part of their clothing rental package
  • Bride’s going-away corsage
  • Boutonnieres for groom’s attendants

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