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Who Pays for what?

MODERN spins have been put on traditions the world over and weddings have not escaped the inevitable march of time. Gone are the days when the joyous arrival of a baby girl meant that the proud new parents would one day have a wedding to pay for.

One of the most important aspects of planning a wedding today is to first set a budget and then sort out who pays for what?

Traditionally the bride’s family pays for the wedding and the groom’s family pay the bar bill, but this is by no means cast in stone. Here is a guideline, if the traditional route is followed.


The Bride’s Family:

Newspaper announcements, invitations & other stationery
The reception, including catering, the venue, drinks and music
Wedding photography & videography
Wedding planner
Wedding favours & wedding cake
Flowers for the ceremony & reception
Bouquets & corsages
The wedding dress
Hair & make-up for bridal party
Bridesmaid’s gifts & accommodation
Transport for bridal party
Groom’s wedding ring

The Groom:
Bride’s engagement & wedding rings
His suit
Marriage licence & any other legal fees
The officiant’s fee
The bride’s bouquet
Accessories, like ties, for groomsmen
Accommodation for groomsmen
The honeymoon

Bridesmaids & Groomsmen:
The stag & hen’s party
Their own wedding outfits
Their own travel expenses
Gifts for the bridal couple

A full read on this article is in the July issue  of Real Brides Magazine

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