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The Schultzes

Who pays?

Posted: Monday, Mar. 30, 2009

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Traditions are changing. Certainly nothing is set in stone in regard to who covers which expenses for today’s weddings. You, your groom and your families must decide what is appropriate for your particular situation. The most important thing is to determine early on who will pay for what, and develop a budget that everyone agrees upon.

The bride

• Gift for groom

• Wedding ring for groom

• Personal wedding stationery

• Gifts for bride’s attendants

• Accommodations for her out-of-town attendants

The bride or her family

• Invitations, announcements, enclosures

• Wedding attire and trousseau

• Rental fees for ceremony and reception locations

• Flowers and decorations for ceremony and reception

• Fees for organist, soloist, etc.

• All reception expenses

• Portraits

• Wedding and reception photography and videography

• Wedding day transportation

• Gift for the newlyweds

The groom

• Engagement and wedding rings for the bride

• Wedding gift for the bride

• Marriage license

• Gifts for best man and groomsmen

• Fee for clergy or ceremony official

• Accommodations for his out-of-town attendants

• Bouquet and going-away corsage for bride, corsages for the mothers and grandmothers, boutonnieres for men in wedding party

• The honeymoon

The groom or his family

• Their own travel and hotel accommodations

• Wedding gift for the newlyweds

• Bachelor dinner (or his friends may give)

• Rehearsal dinner

The attendants

• Their own wedding attire (In some cases the bride chooses to give gowns and/or accessories as gifts.)

• Travel from out of town

• Wedding gifts for the bride and groom

Reception/Ceremony Location Vendors

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