Wedding Budget – Who Pays For What

November 22, 2017

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Like it or not, weddings are not cheap – not even when you plan a very casual, small, intimate event. In between the dress and shoes and the catering service, there’s a lot of money at stake – and both you and your loved one will want to make sure the wedding budget is all well-spent.


How to split the bills, though? Who pays for what between the bride and the groom? We have some tips for you – so read on and find out more.

  • Traditionally, the parents of the bride pay for the wedding reception, while the parents of the groom pay for the rehearsal dinner. However, in modern days, this etiquette rule is frequently trespassed and replaced with a new set of rules – one that suits both families.
  • For example, in many cases the costs are equally split between the bride’s family and the groom’s, so that there’s no hard feelings between the two. Even more, the couple is welcome to chip in and help with the cost of the wedding as well.
  • There are a lot of couples who choose to pay for the wedding themselves, without the involvement of their families. This is the best solution if you want to make sure none of the family members will have an involvement in the planning of the Big Day too. The more money they help you with, the more likely it is that you will allow yourself to compromise and settle for wedding elements that are not really you.
  • You don’t have to feel obliged to pay as much of the wedding as your fiancé does if your financial situations are different. Remember, you are stepping into a marriage and financial issues should be equitable for both of you – so why not start on the right food, paying for the wedding elements according to your personal budget?
  • Yes, you definitely need a clear budget, even if you and your fiancé will be the only ones handling the financial side of your wedding. The more disorganized your budget is, the more likely it is that you will overspend – and most probably, on items that are not really representative of your relationship either!


Communicate! This is the key to any healthy relationship, so do not dismiss the power of a good, honest discussion with your fiancé before you decide on anything wedding-related! Your future selves will thank you for it!

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