Traditional List of Who Pays for Which Wedding Expenses

Groom and His Family

Bride’s engagement & wedding rings

Groom’s wedding attire

Rehearsal dinner

Marriage license

Accommodations for out-of-town ushers

Alcohol at reception

Wedding gifts for the bride, best man & ushers

Flowers for the bride’s bouquet, corsages for the mothers & grandmothers

Boutonnieres for ushers, ring bearers & fathers

Officiant’s fee

Honeymoon & transportation to the honeymoon

Bride & Her Family

Wedding consultant’s fee

Invitations, personal notes & mailing expense

Transportation for the wedding party

Wedding dress, headpiece & accessories


Attendants’ bouquets

Groom’s gift

Guest book

Cost of the reception

Cost of the ceremony

Photography & videography expense

Groom’s wedding ring


Accommodations for out-of-town bride’s attendants


Wedding attire; Bridesmaid dress, shoes & accessories

Travel costs

Shower & wedding gift for the couple

Shower given by bridesmaids &/or maid of honor


Wedding attire rental

Wedding gift for the couple

Travel costs

Bachelor party given by best man and/or ushers