While you were deciding on your wedding budget, you might have had the discussion with your parents and soon-to-be inlaws about who is able and willing to pay for what for your wedding. While the bride's family pays-for-it-all scenario may still hold true, these days bill-paying tends to be more equitably shared among parents and the couple. Here is a quick rundown of who's more likely to pay for what today:
The bride's family covers the first engagement party (the groom's side can throw one of its own); his side pays for the rehearsal dinner.
Each family may throw an engagement party (the bride's family can host the first one, if it likes); anyone can host the rehearsal dinner-even an aunt.
The bride's family pays fore very invitation, program, and place card-and even the stamps.
The couple can pick up the tab, maybe choosing to DIY the save-the-dates or invites to save money.
The bride's parents take care of the music, venue fee, and aisle runner. The groom covers the marriage license and the officiant's fee.
If the wedding is being performed at one family's house of worship,, that family covers the ceremony costs. Otherwise, anyone can pay.
The bride's family pays for the big-ticket items like centerpieces. The groom's side springs for the bride's bouquet, boutonnieres, and corsages.
All the flowers are paid for together, by the bride's or groom's side, or the couple themselves.
The bride's family pays to document the occasion.
One family pays for the photos for the video Or the couple hire the photog, and the families each buy their own prints and albums.
You guessed it: The bride's family picks up the entire tab-food drink, decor, and music.
The groom's family covers specifics like liquor or music; the bride's family pays for the rest. Better: Everyone pitches in according to what they can do.
So, let's hope everyone is on the same page and comfortable so you can start planning!
Thursday, May 19, 2011
So, who does pay for what?
Posted by A Party to Perfection at 12:02 PM
Labels: 2011, Budget, Wedding trends
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